The Language Research Center's Science Making Headlines
Dr. Michael J. Beran on Delay of Gratification APA Psychological Science Agenda
Do primates enjoy computer games? BBC Nature
Smart chimp gets speech like a human Discovery News
Chimps are Good Listeners Too: Lisa Heimbauer, Michael Owren, and Michael Beran study speech comprehension by Panzee
Science Magazine, July 2011 // Nature, July 2011 // Beautiful Brain July 2011 // ScienceNews July 2011
Rhesus monkeys have a form of self awareness (Justin Couchman et al) Newswise, June 2011
Do Apes Laugh When Tickled? NPR interview and story by Nell Greefieldboyce with Dr. Michael Owren // click here to download the NPR interview audio file
It's mine, I tell you: Mankind's inner chimpanzee refuses to let go. This matters to everything from economics to law.
The Economist; June 19, 2008
Go forth and multiply: New research explores animals' math skills.
Monitor on Psychology; October, 2007
Animals do the most amazing things
The Psychologist (The British Psychological Society); January 10, 2008
Why Don't Chimpanzees Like To Barter Food?
ScienceDaily; February 5, 2008
Deal? No Deal, Chimps Say
LiveScience; February 4, 2008
Features on the GSU/COAS websites
Georgia State awards eight new research proposals under the Second Century Initiative CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Congratulations to LRC Researchers for Receiving Prestigious Awards and Other Accomplishments
Dr. Michael Beran was elected President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. The SSPP, founded in 1904, is the oldest of the regional psychological associations.
Dr. Bonnie Perdue was selected by the American Psychological Association for advocacy training and congressional visits to highlight the importance of chimpanzee research (see full APA story here).
Dr. Bonnie Perdue was awarded the Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellowship, in recognition of her qualifications and potential for high-impact research that illuminates emergent behaviors and competencies and their relations to associative learning mechanisms. The Rumbaugh Fellowship was established through a generous gift by Mr. Steve Woodruff in honor of the founding director of the LRC and Dr. Rumbaugh's career of research with nonhuman primates. Dr. Perdue is the fifth Rumbaugh Fellow.
Audrey Parrish and Kate Talbot received Rumbaugh Grant-in-Aid Awards to support research or travel related to research on emergents.
Megan Hoffman successfully defended her dissertation in completion of requirements for the PhD degree. Dr. Hoffman's project was titled, "A comparative assessment of how rhesus monkeys and 3- to 4-year-old children remember self-agency with spatial, temporal, and contextual features in working memory." Megan now joins the faculty of Piedmont College as Assistant Professor of Psychology.
At the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, John Kelley was recognized with the Senior Research Award. According to the ASP webpage:"This award honors individuals who, because of their dedication to their profession and their productivity, have made significant contributions to research activities supporting or enhancing knowledge relevant to primatology. Such contributions could take place in laboratories, the field, or in zoological gardens. The award is reserved for those who have not received the highest degree offered in their field (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) but are deserving of the Society's recognition for their achievements."
Lisa Heimbauer successfully defended her dissertation in completion of the requirements for the PhD. Dr. Heimbauer, who is a Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellow and L&L Fellow, earned her degree in part for the doctoral project titled, "Investigating speech perception in evolutionary perspective: Comparisons of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and human capabilities." She has accepted a postdoc at Penn State University.
Dr. Michael Beran has accepted an appointment as Associate Director of the Language Research Center. This role was created with approval from Dean Bill Long of the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of the need for a staff scientist to assist in the daily administration of the growing research program at the LRC. Dr. Beran's appointment acknowledges the service that he has already been providing in this capacity for several years.
Darby Proctor successfully defended her dissertation, "Gambling and Decision-Making Among Primates: The Primate gambling task" to complete the requirements for her PhD. Dr. Proctor now begins a prestigious, competitive FIRST Fellowship postdoc at Emory University.
Megan Hoffman has accepted a faculty position at Piedmont College, where she will be an Assistant Professor of Psychology.
Audrey Parrish was selected to represent the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) at the APA Consolidated Meetings in spring 2012. These meetings provide important opportunities for professional development and leadership within the APA.
Dr. Bonnie Perdue was selected to receive the 2012 Interdivisional Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association. The award is co-sponsored by APA Divisions 3 (Experimental), 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative), 28 (Psychopharmacology) and the APA Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE). It recognizes rising stars in the psychology whose contributions impact the mission of these Divisions. Click here for more information.
Dr. Michael Beran was selected as a mentor of the APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Program. Co-sponsored by the APA Office of International Affairs, the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science, and the National Science Foundation, the award provides travel for Dr. Beran to attend the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, to provide mentorship to student and early-career psychologists.
Darby Proctor received a highly competitive 2011 APA Dissertation Award.
Dr. Michael Owren was named a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.
Dr. Michael Owren was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Tim Flemming has agreed to join the faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College. Congratulations Tim!
Dr. Sarah Brosnan was selected by the Dean of the College of A&S as one of the inaugural recipients of the Rising Stars Awards. For more information, see http://cas.gsu.edu/storydetail.aspx?id=475
Lisa Heimbauer was awarded the 2011 Richard M. Griffith Memorial Award for best paper in psychology by a recent PhD or doctoral candidate from the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Her paper was titled "A Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Recognizes Spoken Words Synthesized as Noise-vocoded and Sine-Wave Speech."
Lisa Heimbauer was awarded the Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellowship. The Rumbaugh Fellowship was established through a generous gift from the late Steve Woodruff to support students or postdoctoral associates in the study of emergent learning by nonhuman primates. Ms. Heimbauer is the fourth student to be named a Rumbaugh Fellow (following Dr. Michael Beran, Dr. Emily Klein, and Dr. Timothy Flemming).
Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Flemming on the completion and defense of his dissertation, "An analogical paradox for nonhuman primates: Bridging the perceptual-conceptual gap"! Dr. Flemming has secured an outstanding postdoctoral position through Fyssen Foundation support to work in Professor Joel Fagot's laboratory in France.
Dr. Michael Beran was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Megan Hoffman was awarded a Graduate Student Travel Grant Award from the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
Michael Beran was invited to give the Keynote Address at the 16th Annual Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University.
Timothy Flemming was awarded the 2008 APA Division 3 Young Investigator Award for the most outstanding empirical paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes.
Emily Klein was awarded a 2008 CARE Imprinting-Interdivisional Mentoring Fellowship Award from the American Psychological Association.
Emily Harris Marr successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Numerical cognition in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).” Congratulations Dr. Marr!
Sarah Brosnan was awarded the Morton Deutsch award for the best paper published in the journal Social Justice Research in the year 2006. She will be given the official award at the summer meeting of the International Society for Justice Research this August.