Thesis Projects


Jessica Dennis Jessica Dennis. Metacognition in rats
Brian Hilbert Brian Hilbert. Rats' choices in situations of diminishing returns: Effects of motivation and switching costs.
Ruby Larisch Ruby Larisch. Free Bird: Testing a foraging analogue in the operant laboratory.
Evin Luehrs Evin Luehrs. Testosterone and estradiol in male cynomolgus monkeys self-administering ethanol.


Brad Blickenstaff Brad Blickenstaff. Multimodal numerical cognition in pigeons.
Henry Cooney Henry Cooney. The role of the TRPV1 receptor in endocannabinoid enhancement of emotional memory. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)
Sarah Jacoby Sarah Jacoby. Ghrelin-induced improved memory performance is dopamine-dependent. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)
Jason Leonard Jason Leonard. Discovering the key to unlocking tool-use in a non-tool-using species.
Nicholas Jon Kappeyne van de Coppello Nicholas Jon Kappeyne van de Coppello. Metacognition in rats: Self-awareness during self-report and escape.


Daniel Fennelly Daniel Fennelly: Functional heterogeneity in the dorsal striatum.
Claudia Realegeno Claudia Realegeno: Better living through chemistry: Modafinil as a pharmacotherapy for neuropsychological recovery from methamphetamine dependence.
Dawiris Eversz Dawiris Eversz: Sunk cost in pigeons: Investigation of preference for options with higher time investment.
Eric Talbot Eric Talbot: Group and individual behavior in a social foraging paradigm: Sensitivity to changes in resource ratios.


Frank Sosa Frank Sosa: A method for examining the generality of risky choice and loss aversion throughout the animal kingdom.


Lisa Hiura Lisa Hiura. The free or not to free: The relative reinforcing value of food reward versus social contact in rats.
James Shelstead James Shelstead. Interspecies behavioral biases and the conceptual components of cross-linguistic syntactic patterns. (E. Canseco-Gonzalez, Co-Chair)
Antonia Scarcello Antonia Scarcello. Social and emphatic nudges: An evaluation of two intervention strategies to influence handwashing behavior.


Marisol Lauffer (B.A., 2015). Developing an animal model of the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART).
Cloe Moctezuma (B.A., 2015). Central amygdala endocannabinoid neurotransmission alters emotional memory processes in female rats. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)
Ileana Morales (B.A., 2015). Differential involvement of dopamine and opioid signaling in food preference and effort-related decision-making in rats. (R. Pastor-Medall, Co-Chair)
Brice Ponteri (B.A., 2015). Studying social motivation using the valproic acid animal model of autism in rats.


L.B. Miller (B.A., 2016). The utility of distraction: Alternative response options for pigeons in a self-control paradigm.
Emma Schweitzer (B.A., 2016). The effects of oxytocin in mediating social behavior and the value of social reward in female rats. (S. Renn, Co-Chair)
Lauren Vanderhooft (B.A., 2016). Resource exploitation in a modified public goods foraging game with rats.
Maddy Wagar (B.A., 2016). The role of choice and novelty in social preference and decision-making in rats.


Jasmine Huang (B.A., 2017).  Pavlovian conditioning without awareness: An electrophysiological investigation.  (M. Pitts, Co-Chair)
Shirin Porkar-Aghdam (B.A., 2017).  Demand and consumption in a generalized token economy with pigeons.
Marc Feinstein (B.A., 2017).  Meditating on impulsivity: An attempt to use mindfulness to influence rate of delay discounting. (C. Franceschini, Co-Chair)
Nicholas Zimmer (B.A., 2017).  How does imitation promote pro-sociality? The effects of contingency and similarity on pro-social behavior using natural and artificial stimuli. (C. Franceschini, Co-Chair)