Welcome to the Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab Website!

National Geographic Features our Zebra Finch Research!

Our zebra finch research was featured in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine in an article titled, "Think ‘Birdbrain’ Is an Insult? Think Again." (February 2018)

Congratulations, Lauren and Lisa!

Lauren Stanton and Lisa Barrett have successfully transitioned to Ph.D. candidates in the Program in Ecology! Way to go!
(April 2017)

Dr. Benson-Amram discusses hyenas in National Geographic

Dr. Benson-Amram is featured as an expert in National Geographic discussing how to tell male and female hyenas apart. The article can be found at this link:


UGRD 2017

Congrats to our undergraduate members who presented their research at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Day (29 April)! Great work, Hailey, Jessica, and Rachel!

Aesop's Fable Study Published!

Ph.D. candidate, Lauren Stanton, recently published her Aesop's Fable study with raccoons in the journal Animal Cognition. Lauren was interviewed by the BBC (October, 2017). Follow this link to the interview!

PNAS published our study on brain size and problem solving in carnivores!

Our recent study showing a relationship between relative brain size and problem-solving ability in mammalian carnivores was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A video describing our major findings can be viewed here. A pdf of the paper is available here.