Acoustic Communication in Birds and Mice

two birds sitting on a bird bath.

Students will contribute to research by running operant conditioning experiments on birds and mice to measure complex sound perception.

Project description

Students will run operant conditioning experiments on birds and mice to measure complex sound perception. 

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible Junior or senior level psychology major; will need computing skills; animal handling/training a plus.
National Science Foundation Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Micheal Dent



B76 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0266


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.