Our Focus: Development

    Our lab focuses on the prenatal origins of perceptual, cognitive, and social development. We use an animal model, the bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), to identify and explore a range of prenatal and early postnatal experimental facets involved in neonatal behavioral development. Current work is designed to identify the maternally derived features of prenatal experience that facilitate the emergence of critical perceptual and social skills, including social motivation, recognition, learning and memory.