Department of Psychology

Animal Behavior Research

The study of animal behavior at UNCW combines the traditional approaches of ethology and comparative psychology. A group of active researchers pursue questions of development, physiology, function, and evolution to better understand the behaviors of non-human animals. Areas of recent faculty research include mate choice, sex differences in spatial behaviors, the comparative psychology of learning, behavioral and neural mechanisms of drug action, and field studies of social structure. In their search to discover general principles of animal behavior, UNCW faculty have studied several species of fish, two genera of rodents, several bird species, and coyotes. The diversity of research questions and research subjects accurately reflects the diversity of faculty interests in this broad discipline.

The following faculty members research this area of psychology. Please follow the links to their homepages.