Areas of Expertise
- Animal learning
- Behavior modification
- Comparative psychology
Description of Research
Dr. Silva studies response forms during Pavlovian conditioning, the comparative analysis of physical cognition, and the modification of musical preferences. For example, she recently has been studying how people’s musical preferences are influenced by authority figures (critics) and modifiable through Pavlovian conditioning, and to what extent people’s understanding of physical causality is modified by learning.
Courses Offered at Redlands
- Statistical Methods
- Research Methods
- Sport Psychology
- Introduction to Psychology
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, 181-194.
Silva, K. M., Silva, F. J., Quinn, M. A., Draper, J. N., Cover, K. R., & Munoff, A. A. (2008). Rate my professor: Online evaluations of psychology instructors. Teaching of Psychology, 35, 71-80.
Silva, F. J., Silva, K. M., Cover, K. R., Leslie, A. L., & Rubalcaba, M. A. (2008). Humans’ folk physics is sensitive to physical connection and contact between a tool and reward. Behavioural Processes, 77, 327-333.