Site last updated on: August 4, 2017

Contact Dr. Beran: mberan1@gsu.edu

Current Research Faculty and Graduate Students:

Michael Beran, Ph.D.

Beran Dr. Beran is Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University and the Associate Director of the Language Research Center at Georgia State.  He received his B.A. from Oglethorpe University in 1997, his M.A. in 1999, and his Ph.D. in 2002, both from Georgia State. 

He is a Fellow of Division 3 and Division 6 of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Psychonomics Society.  He was the inaugural Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellow at Georgia State University.  He received the Brenda A. Milner award from the APA in 2005, and he was elected to Psi Chi in 1995 while an undergraduate.  He has served as the President and the Treasurer of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and on the Executive Councils of Division 3 and Division 6 of the APA and the Executive Council of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA).  He is the president elect of SEPA for 2017-2018 and he is president-elect of the Society for Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (Division 6 of the APA). He currently serves as co-editor of Animal Behavior and Cognition and serves on the editorial boards of Cognition, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, the Journal of Comparative Psychology, Animal Cognition, Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, Learning & Behavior, Frontiers in Comparative Psychology, PsycCRITIQUES, and the International Journal of Comparative PsychologyClick here for his full CV. 

He regularly teaches Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Natural Science Foundations of Psychology, and special topics courses such as his course on the Psychology of Good and Bad Decision Making.  He previously was an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Spelman College from 2002-2005. 

Audrey Parrish, Ph.D.

ParrishPicDr. Parrish is Assistant Professor of Psychology at The Citadel. She received her B.S. in Biology from Winthrop University in 2009 and her M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in Psychology from the Cognitive Sciences Program at Georgia State University.

While at Georgia State, she served as the Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellow. She also was a 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution and Behavior and a Brains and Behavior Fellow of GSU. She is active in APA, where she served on the APAGS Science Committee while still a graduate student.

Dr. Parrish serves on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Comparative Psychology and Translational Issues in Psychological Science. She received the APA Interdivisional Mentoring Award (Division 3 & Division 6), APA Division 3’s Best Early Career Presentation at the Comparative Cognition Society meeting, and the Richard Morrell Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology Award from GSU.

She currently teaches Psychometrics, Learning and Behavior, and General Psychology at the Citadel. She also has taught Cognitive Psychology and Animal Behavior courses at GSU and a Research Methods Lab course at Spelman College. Click here for her full CV.

Travis Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith joined the Language Research Center in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Associate.

He obtained his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2008 and both his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2014) from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).  His research experience has covered token reinforcement, conditioned reinforcement, and the effects of a traumatic brain injury on decision-making in rats.  A common theme in his work is to explore the concordance between human and nonhuman motivation and decision-making.

Dr. Smith is an active member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International since 2005 and the Society of the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior since 2007.  He has also participated in affiliated organizations, including the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Smith has taught the Psychology of Learning and the Effects of Recreational Drugs on Mind and Body while at SIUC. Click here for his full CV.

Bonnie Perdue, Ph.D.

PerdueDr. Perdue is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Agnes Scott College. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2004, her M.S. in Experimental Psychology in 2008, and her Ph.D. in Cognition and Brain Science in 2011, both from Georgia Tech. She completed her Postdoctoral research at the Language Research Center of Georgia State University.

She is a member of Division 2, Division 3 and Division 6 of the American Psychological Association. She was the Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellow at Georgia State University. She was elected to Psi Chi as an undergraduate and was the recipient of the Richard M. Griffith award from the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SSPP) in 2013. She has served as the Program Chair for the SSPP and was elected to serve on its Council from 2015-2018. She is member-at-large for Division 3 of APA for 2017-2020. She has published papers in Psychological Science, Cognition, Animal Cognition, Biology Letters, the American Journal of Primatology and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. She co-authored a book entitled Zoo Animal Welfare by Springer-Verlag. Click here for her full CV. 

Dr. Perdue regularly teaches Cognitive Neuroscience, Introductory Psychology, Psychology, Research Statistics, Research Design and Methods, Animal and Human Learning and Animal Behavior at Agnes Scott College.

Andrew Kelly, Ph.D.

KellyDr. Kelly is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College. He earned his B.A. from Catholic University of America in 2005, his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Tech in 2007, and his PhD in Cognitive Aging from Georgia Tech in 2012. His research examines developmental changes in various forms of memory including prospective and episodic memory. He also conducts research on instructional methods and designs that can increase student retention of information in and out of the classroom. At Georgia Gwinnett College, he regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, Writing in Psychology, and various courses in the domain of cognitive psychology.

Dr. Kelly received the Richard M. Griffith Memorial Award from the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SSPP) in 2015 and a Society for the Teaching of Psychology Early Career Travel Grant.  He also received an Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award Nomination in 2012 and again in 2014. He currently serves as the Program Chair for the 2016 meeting of the SSPP. Click here for his full CV. 

Brielle James

JamesMs. James is a third-year graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State. 

She graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed her senior honors thesis on mirror self-recognition in rhesus macaques at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology.

Her current research interests include studying primate cognition and comparative psychology through research studies with the several non-human primate species at the Language Research Center. This includes study of perception, self-control, learning, and metacognition.

Click here for her full CV.

 

 

Kristin French

Ms. French is a second-year graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State.

She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. As an undergraduate, she worked with David Washburn at the Language Research Center on a reversal learning project and with Charles Menzel on chimpanzee memory and gestural/ vocal communication.

Her current research interests are metacognition and memory in children, nonhuman primates, and adults. She currently works with the COMIC lab, at various daycare centers, and at the Language Research Center

Click here for her full CV.

 

Molly Flessert

Ms. Flessert is a first-year graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State working with the COMIC lab.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Conservation Biology. She studied the fetal alcohol effects in rhesus macaque monkeys at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. After completing her Bachelors she spent two years as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition where she studied face processing in rhesus macaques using fMRI and behavioral techniques.

Her current research interests include metacognition, cognitive illusions, and problem solving. She aims to study these comparatively in humans and nonhuman primates through work at the Language Research Center and at various daycare centers.

Click here for her full CV.

 

Mattea Rossettie

RossettieMs. Rossettie works as the Research Coordinator at the Language Research Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in 2014, with a dual major in Animal Behavior and Comparative Humanities and Dance minor. As an undergraduate, her research with nonhuman primates focused on the use of gestural cues by capuchin monkeys; however, she also participated in behavioral and cognitive studies with Bucknell’s hamadryas baboons and squirrel monkeys.

In addition to her efforts to organize and implement testing schedules and coordinate research tasks, she is actively involved in programs of research in the COMIC lab and in Dr. Sarah Brosnan’s CEBUS lab at the LRC. In particular, she is working in COMIC on programs related to self-control in capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees. 

Affiliated Graduate Students Working in COMIC:

Melany Love

MelanyMs. Love is a second-year graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State. She works with Dr. David Washburn in the IDEA laboratory.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2014.

Her current research interests include prospective memory in adults, children, and nonhuman animals. She actively works in COMIC lab at the daycare centers where we are testing children on various cognitive capacities.

Click here for her full CV.

 

Will Whitham

Mr. Whitham is a fourth-year graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State. He works with Dr. David Washburn in the IDEA laboratory.

He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama. His research interests include statistical learning and probability estimation in humans and nonhuman animals. He works in COMIC lab at the daycare centers where we are testing children on various cognitive capacities.

 

 

 

Current Research Assistants and Student Interns:

Courtney Creamer - Georgia State University

Rebecca Moss, Georgia State University

Abigail Camden, Agnes Scott College

 

Previous Research Faculty:

Theodore A. Evans - Research Coordinator and Research Associate, now at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Emily D. Klein, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Associate, now with Gwinnett County School System

Dr. Ken Sayers, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Associate, now at the Language Research Center

 

Previous Research Interns (dates working in the lab), with current affiliation:

Dr. Brendan Finton, Georgia Institute of Technology (2006), now at US Naval Hospital Beaufort

Chasity Ratliff, Southeast Missouri State University (2008), now a graduate student at Southern Illinois University

Daniel Hoyle, Georgia State University (2009-2010)

Joseph McIntyre, Kennesaw State University (2010 – 2011)

Emilie Menzel, Wellesley College (2011-2012)

Bradlyn Walker, Georgia State University (2014-2015), now a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology

Sara Futch - Wofford College (2014-2015)

Ishara Emerson - Spelman College (2015)

Ella Brown - Agnes Scott College (2015)

Martha Vorder Bruegge - Agnes Scott College (2015)

Peggy Luk - Georgia State University (2016)

Anamaria Otalora-Garcia, University of Georgia (2016)

Victoria Kelly - Georgia State University (2016-2017)