Exploring Dog Behavior & Cognition (Psychology)

About the Project:

Throughout the history of psychology, the behavior of animals has been studied in an effort to better understand human behavior. However, over the past few decades, comparative psychologists have begun to test principles of human behavior and cognition on other species. Comparative psychologists now study a wide range of subjects such as personality, concept-formation, and problem-solving with many different species.   The purpose of this project is to explore various aspects of animal behavior and cognition with dogs. The student associate would assist the professor with on-going and new research projects. Primary responsibilities would include investigating literature, conducting non-invasive, behavioral experiments, analyzing data, and writing up results.

The First-Year Research Associate Program at Eckerd College honors academically outstanding students with awards of up to $1,000. The program also provides the opportunity, during the freshman year, for the award winners to work closely with a sponsor (faculty or administrative personnel) on a project of mutual interest. Associates might assist with research for faculty publication or new courses, conduct scientific experiments, work with creative artists, or develop projects related to any phase of the academic, cultural, and social life of the college. Scholars are selected on the basis of achievement in high school and on the creativity and depth of responses to items on this application.​

Online submission due no later than February 1, 2019.
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Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Performance in high school coursework and standarized tests
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