Julia Meyers-Manor

Julia Meyers-Manor
Ripon College · Department of Psychology

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I am currently pursuing interests in cognitive and emotional research in both rats and dogs. I use varied techniques including the use of heart rate monitors and behavioral coding to understand emotional regulation in dogs. I am also pursuing research in self-control and regulation in rats.

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Dogs have a reputation for empathy toward their owners, which is also supported by some research (e.g., Carballo et al., 2020; Sanford, Burt, & Meyers-Manor, 2018). Many dog owners anecdotally report that dogs comfort them by making visual and/or physical contact when they cry or help them when they are sick. These behaviours provide a good way to...
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As money for animal facilities at colleges and universities has declined, so too has the accessibility of students to hands-on experiences with animals. However, we know that laboratory experiences with animals provide students with better ideas of the challenges and joys of animal research. Faculty can be creative about using local resources or ev...
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Dogs are thought to evaluate humans’ emotional states, and attend more to crying people than humming people (Custance & Mayer, 2012). However, it is unclear whether dogs would go beyond focusing attention on humans in need by providing more substantive help to them. This study used a trapped-other paradigm, modified from use in research on rats (Be...
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Whereas we have denied the experience of pain to animals, including human babies, the evidence is becoming clearer that animals across a variety of species have the capacity to feel pain (Bellieni, 2012). As converging findings are collected from pain studies and the study of cognition, it is becoming harder to deny that fish are among the species...
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Dog aggression affects many, with nearly 5 million dog bites reported yearly in the United States alone. Dog bites inflict considerable physical, emotional, and monetary costs annually (American Humane Association, 2014). One physiological measure that might serve as an index of aggression in dogs is heart rate variability (HRV). HRV refers to the...
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Many researchers have reported differential rates of learning and inferred selective associations between events reflecting adaptive specializations or biological constraints on learning that have evolved for each given species. Although we do not doubt that there are such biological constraints on learning, we suggest that some of the many claims...
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In an ever-changing world, the ability to track what significant events occur and where and when is beneficial to a variety of animal species. The purpose of the present studies was to assess the presence of this ability to track what-where-when memory in pigeons based both on when during the day the events occurred and how long ago events occurred...
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Cytokine-induced CNS inflammation has been theorized to contribute to cognitive dysfunction in sickness and neurodegenerative disease. We investigated the effects of systemic endotoxin-induced acute immune activation and inflammation on working memory and attention functions in pigeons assessed through two variations of an operant symbolic matching...
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Experiments are designed to assess whether free-flying honey bees have an aversion to an ethanol solution when given a choice between targets containing an ethanol solution in sucrose or sucrose only. Animals given a choice between a 1% ethanol solution and sucrose only show no aversion to the ethanol solution either in acquisition or extinction. H...

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We are looking to switch from MedPC to a more (undergraduate) user friendly software.  I'm wondering if people have experience with either of these software platforms and can speak to how easy they are to change parameters for non--programmers.  Do you lose flexibility in creating new programs?  How well do these work  with old boxes and MedAssociates interfaces?  Thanks in advance.

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