Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Stone Age Institute and The Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology, Indiana University

Shelby received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa in 2016. Her research utilizes functional neuroimaging technology, the fossil and archaeological record, and experimental methods to investigate the evolution of primate and hominin brains and behaviors, including cognition, language, tool use and manufacture, social transmission, and learning.

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology, Indiana University

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Iowa, PhD

Publications

  • 2017
    The Functional Brain Networks that Underlie Early Stone Age Tool Manufacture, Nature Human Behaviour
  • 2015
    The Origins of Stone Tool Reduction and the Transition to Knapping: An Experimental Approach, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • 2014
    The Role of Verbal Interaction during Experimental Bifacial Stone Tool Manufacture, Lithic Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Experimental Investigation of the Co-evolution of Language and Toolmaking in the Brain: A fNIRS Study
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The Wenner-Gren Foundation
  • 2014
    Investigating the co-evolution of language and toolmaking: A fNIRS study
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The Leakey Foundation
  • 2014
    The effect of language on cortical activity during bifacial stone tool reduction: An fNIRS study
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society