Inquiring into the development of perceptual systems and their relation to higher mental processes, John currently uses two animal models: the fruit fly and the Bobwhite Quail. In Jamie Theobald’s Insect Neurobiology Lab, John studies the developmental trade-offs between larval (under)feeding and adult fruit fly vision and aspires to understand their sophisticate visual systems in light of their small brains.

     In Robert Lickliter’s Developmental Psychobiology Lab, he explores the Bobwhite Quail’s prenatal sensory factors that influence the continuing development of perception, cognition, and sociality, such as the effect of sensory and intersensory stimulation, which diffuses through the shell, on the development of visual motion perception and vocal communication.

John Pablo Currea