People

Principal Investigator

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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

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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

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Anastasiya Kobrina, Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Area of Psychology
B.S. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am interested in production and perception of acoustic stimuli in mice and birds. Particularly, I am interested in the effects of aging on the perception of ultrasonic vocalizations in mice.

Email: akobrina@buffalo.edu

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Laurel Screven, Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Neuroscience Area
B.S. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
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

Senior Honors Students 

Kristin Tymchak

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.

Undergraduates/Research Assistants

Ethan Gorman

Jack Kiesow

Brandon Sanzo

Kristin Tymchak

Anthony Villegas

Melisa Xiao

Former Lab Manager

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Lisa Strand, MA in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program (Psychology)
B.A. Psychology (University at Buffalo)
Research Interests: I am interested in looking at the ultrasonic vocalizations emitted by rodents in different experimental paradigms and eventually would like to find out what the different calls “mean” to them.

Email: lmstrand@buffalo.edu

Former Senior Honors Students 

Congratulations Nina and Nicole, you will be terribly missed!

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Nina Baldy
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
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.