People

Principal Investigator

 

 
Dr. Micheal Dent, Professor in Psychology
B.A. (Psychology) St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Ph.D. (Psychology) University of Maryland, College Park
Post-doc (Physiology) University of Wisconsin Medical School

Graduate Students

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Kali Burke, Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology
B.A. Psychology (Daemen College)
Research Interests: I am interested in production and perception of ultrasonic vocalization in mice. I am also interested in the effects of mild traumatic brain injuries on the auditory system.
Email: kaliburk@buffalo.edu

Huaizhen Huaizhen Cai, Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology,
B.S., M.E. Environmental Engineering (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China)
Research Interests: I am interested in auditory scene analysis in birds. Specifically, I am interested in how the birds segregate interested sound source from a multi-sources sound scene.
Email: huaizhen@buffalo.edu

Payton Charlton, Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology,
B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Evansville
Research Interests: I am interested in ultrasonic vocalizations in mice and their role, if any, in communication between mice. I am also interested in the perception and production of in simple and complex auditory vocalizations in both mice and birds.
Email: paytonch@buffalo.edu

Faiza Hafeez, Ph.D. student in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
M.Phil. Wildlife Ecology (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan), B.S. Environmental Science (Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan)
Research Interests: I am interested in the ecological role of cognitive abilities in natural populations. Particularly, I am interested in the links between auditory perception and cognition and reproductive success in avian systems.
Email: faizahaf@buffalo.edu

Anastasiya Kobrina, Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology, B.S. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the effects of anthropogenic noise on wildlife. Particularly, I am interested in investigating the relationship between aging, hearing loss, and noise and light pollution on acoustic communication in animals. Presently I am investigating the effects of age related hearing loss on the detection of simple and complex acoustic signals in mice.
Email: akobrina@buffalo.edu

Will Smith-Peters, Master’s Student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology, BA, California State University Chico
Research Interests: I am interested in comparative cognition, particularly hearing and auditory temporal resolution in mice with hearing deficits/loss. I am also interested in speech/music perception in Budgerigars.
Email: wasmithp@buffalo.edu

Hannah Thorner, Master’s Student in the Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior Program (EEB), BS in Biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology
Research Interests: I am interested in how hearing loss affects animals, whether is it from aging or another influence. I am curious about how these animals adapt and communicate with the deficit.
Email: hlthorne@buffalo.edu

Undergraduates/Research Assistants

Charles Whittle

Lab Manager

Jack Kiesow

Former PhD Students

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Laurel Screven, Ph.D. in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program (Psychology), B.S. Psychology, Ph.D. Behavioral
Neuroscience (University at Buffalo)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Research Interests: I am interested in the production, perception, and significance of ultrasonic vocalizations in regards to communication in mice. More specifically, are mice using their vocalizations to communicate with each other?
Email: laurelsc@buffalo.edu

Former Senior Honors Students 

Kristin Tymchak, B.A. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am interested in examining how social experiences influence mouse USV production. In particular, I am interested in investigating if socially housed mice emit USVs to communicate with one another after being separated for various increments of time.

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Nina Baldy, B.A. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am curious about the role social experience plays in the way animals communicate with each other. Specifically, I would like to know whether socially raised mice can discriminate between vocalizations made by familiar and unfamiliar animals.

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Nicole Hunter, B.A. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am interested in seeing whether mice prefer the ultrasonic vocalizations from a “friend”, or a “stranger”. I predict the mice will prefer to listen to calls emitted from “friends” in a preference task.