University of Alberta

Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science

Department of Psychology

Peter Hurd
Marcia Spetch
Chris Sturdy

Graduate Students
Nathan Bartlett
Kimberley Campbell
Jenna Congdon
Allison Hahn
John Hoang
Jean-Francois Nankoo
Jeffrey Pisklak


Comparative Cognition and Behaviour

ccb_img1Spatial Cognition & Navigation - is concerned with how animals find, remember, and navigate to places, and how they recognize objects and scenes.  Researchers in comparative cognition study spatial processes in animals ranging from insects to humans.

ccb_img2Learning & Memory - explores how behavior is changed by experience and how organisms represent and retain environmental information.

ccb_img3Communication & Aggression - explores signals used between animals. Often animals have conflicting interests with each other, yet seem to communicate cooperatively even when threatening each other.

ccb_img4Songbird Neuroethology - deals with songbird vocal production and perception.  Researchers are interested in mechanisms of vocal production and perception, along with the effects of the early acoustic environment on adult vocal production/perception, and underlying neural substrates.