Francisco Silva

Professor, Psychology


Larsen Hall
P: 909.748.8673

Office: Psychology, Larsen Hall #135

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal learning

  • Behavior analysis

  • Philosophy of science

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

  • Research Methods

  • History and Systems of Psychology

  • Psychology of Learning


Silva, F. J., ten Hope, M. I., & Tucker, A. L. (2014). Adult humans' understanding of support relations: An up-linkage replication. Learning and Behavior, 42, 337-347.

Machado, A., and Silva, F. J. (2010). Scientific method. In I. B. Weiner and W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (4th ed.), pp. 1320-1322. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Silva, F. J., and Silva, K. M. (2010). How do adult humans compare with New Caledonian crows in tool selectivity? Learning and Behavior, 38, 87-95.