Richmond R. Thompson is Director of Bowdoin's Neuroscience Program and an expert the brain and social behaviors. He received his PhD in 1996 from Cornell University and is the author of numerous scholarly publications. At Bowdoin, Prof. Thompson teaches a number of courses in psychology and neuroscience. As his faculty page details, Prof. Thompson's research focuses on how the brain processes social stimuli and on how

it uses that information to organize behavioral output, especially

emotional interactions between individuals. Prof. Thompson emphasizes a comparative approach, studying multiple animals side-by-side.