Cognition in Mexican Jays and Western Scrub-Jays
This project was expired on 12/02/2016';
To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:
|Contact name:||Kelsey McCune|
Does faculty advisor meet with students?
|If yes, how often?||Once or twice a quarter|
Direct supervisor of students:
|Supervisor Title:||PhD Student|
|Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?||Yes|
Short Project Description
This experiment investigates the relationship between social behavior and learning ability. Mexican Jays are communal cooperative breeders, whereas Western Scrub-Jays are monogamous and asocial. We test learning ability in both species using a puzzle box. The 499 student will be watching videos of the learning trials and coding interactions with the puzzle box. The student will learn about behavioral ethograms, how to read color banded birds, and about research design in the animal cognition field.
|Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work:||9|
|Times a student must bepresent/work:||No designated times|
|Student commitment:||9 hours per week minimum. At least one meeting per week with supervisor|
|Working with Data||Working with Subjects||Working with Animals/physiology|
|50||% data entry||% video taping||% animal care|
|% database management||% interview subjects||% animal observation|
|50||% encoding data||% scheduling appt||% surgical techniques|
|% library research||% running subjects||% histology|
|% data collection||% child care||% laboratory protocols|
|% recruiting subjects|
Skills / Experience Preferred
Experience with Excel, Google Drive, and Dropbox preferred.