Biology Student Anand Presents Animal Behavior Research

Posted on 8/26/2016 8:19:15 AM

Kusuma Anand recently presented her thesis research at the 53rd annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, in Columbia, Missouri.

As an MS student in the Department of Biology, Anand has been studying the importance of stimulus valence to the speed and form of discrimination learning. Under the direction of Paul Nealen, Anand uses operant techniques to train zebra finches to perform auditory discrimination. Her work demonstrates clearly that stimulus-associated food rewards speed learning, suggesting that behavioral valence contributes to neural mechanisms of reinforcement. Her current research efforts are focused on clarifying the independent contributions of behavioral reward and response form to these findings.

The Animal Behavior Society is one of the largest international societies devoted to the study of animal behavior. Its meetings routinely attract over 500 participants from dozens of countries.

Kusuma Anand and her thesis research at the 53rd annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society

Department of Biology