Areas of Expertise
- Animal learning
- Comparative psychology
- Behavioral analysis
Description of Research
It has been said that people’s understanding of tools is different from other animals’ understanding of how these objects work. And yet, in some circumstances, people’s behavior on tool-use tasks is similar to chimpanzees’, monkeys’, and crows’ behavior. Dr. Silva’s current research involves identifying the conditions under which adult humans’ tool selections are similar to and differ from those of other animals. Differences in thinking are one reason why people and other animals might differ on a tool-use task. What are some other reasons, and what do these reasons tell us about comparative cognition?
Courses Offered at Redlands
- Introduction to Psychology
- Statistical Methods
- Educational Psychology
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Psychology of Learning
Machado, A., & Silva, F. J. (2010). Scientific method. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (4th ed.), pp. 1320-1322. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Silva, F. J., & Silva, K. M. (2010). How do adult humans compare with New Caledonian crows in tool selectivity? Learning & Behavior, 38, 87-95.
Silva, K. M, & Silva, F. J. (2009). What radio can do to increase a song’s appeal: A study of Canadian music presented to American college students. Psychology of Music, 37, 181-184. p>