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Sarah Hankerson

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
Office
JRC LL60
Phone
(651) 962-5033
Fax
651-962-5051
Mail
JRC LL56
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Academic History
Ph.D., Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
M.A., Psychology, California State University, San Marcos, 2001
B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1996
B.A., Animal Behavior and Primates, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1996

I am interested in how social and environmental pressures impact the behavior of animals. My past and current research has involved many species: wrens, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and several species of primates. My current projects include: 1) examining the effect of infants on group dynamics and group travel in two primate species, 2) determining the proper analytical tools and protocol for assessing spatial ranging, 3) exploring the methods by which monkey groups can establish and maintain territories, and 4) assessing how hormonal profiles are influenced by and influence group dynamics. I greatly enjoy collaborating with students in research and in teaching. My teaching interests include areas of biopsychology (animal behavior, neuroscience, sensation & perception, etc.), statistics, and research design.

Expertise
Animal Behavior/Comparative Psychology
Behavioral Ecology

Selected Publications
Oliveira LC, Hankerson S, Dietz JM, Raboy BE. 2010. Key tree species for the golden-headed lion
     tamarin and implications for shade-cocoa management in southern Bahia, Brazil. Animal Conservation 13: 60-70.

Hankerson SJ, Franklin SP, Dietz JM. 2007. Tree and forest characteristics influence sleeping site
     choice by golden lion tamarins. American Journal of Primatology 69: 976-988.

Franklin SP, Hankerson SJ, Baker AJ, Dietz JM. 2007. Golden lion tamarin sleeping site use and pre-
     retirement behavior during intense predation. American Journal of Primatology 69: 325-335.

Hankerson SJ, Dietz JM, Raboy BE. 2006. Associations between golden-headed lion tamarins and the
     bird community in the Atlantic Forest of Southern Bahia. International Journal of Primatology
     27: 487-495.

Hankerson SJ, Caine NG. 2004. Pre-retirement encounters alter the morning behavior of captive
     marmosets (Callithrix geoffroyi). American Journal of Primatology 63: 75-85.

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PSYC 111 - 04 General Psychology - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC LL62
CRN: 20332 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson An introduction to the research questions, concepts, theories, methods, and findings of psychological science. Although the selection varies with instructor, topics include brain function, psychological testing, sensation and perception, cognition (learning, memory, language), states of consciousness, motivation, human development, personality, origins and treatment of disorders, social behavior, stress and health, and applied psychology (workplace, community, environment). This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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PSYC 401 - 01 Physiological Psychology M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC LL01
CRN: 20345 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson This laboratory course includes study of the brain, its function and its control of behavior. Neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and biochemical substrates of behaviors associated with feeding, drinking, sex, sleep, arousal, emotion, learning and memory are examined. Prerequisites: PSYC 212; PSYC 206 or PSYC 322; and BIOL 101 or equivalent

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PSYC 401 - 51 Physiological Psychology/Lab - - W - - - - 0930 - 1130 JRC LL21
CRN: 20346 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson This laboratory course includes study of the brain, its function and its control of behavior. Neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and biochemical substrates of behaviors associated with feeding, drinking, sex, sleep, arousal, emotion, learning and memory are examined. Prerequisites: PSYC 212; PSYC 206 or PSYC 322; and BIOL 101 or equivalent

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PSYC 401 - 52 Physiological Psychology Lab - - - - F - - 0930 - 1130 JRC LL21
CRN: 20929 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson This laboratory course includes study of the brain, its function and its control of behavior. Neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and biochemical substrates of behaviors associated with feeding, drinking, sex, sleep, arousal, emotion, learning and memory are examined. Prerequisites: PSYC 212; PSYC 206 or PSYC 322; and BIOL 101 or equivalent

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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NSCI 310 - 01 Cognitive Neuroscience M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC LL45
CRN: 42727 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson Cognitive neuroscience is the study of “how the brain enables the mind.” The purpose of this course is for you to develop an advanced understanding of the biological basis of mental activity. We will examine the biological roots of various mental phenomena including perception, attention, learning, memory, language, emotion and consciousness. In particular, we will focus on the roles of plasticity and evolutionary pressure in shaping the mind, and on the treatment of cognitive neuroscience in popular media. Prerequisite: C- or better in NSCI 301 or permission of the instructor.

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PSYC 322 - 01 Sensation and Perception M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC LL62
CRN: 40314 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson A study of the structure and function of sensory systems, the information that these systems provide the brain, and the subsequent interpretation of sensory information that we call perception. The course focuses on visual perception (e.g., brightness, color, form, depth, movement, constancy, illusions) and auditory perception (e.g., detection, discrimination, loudness, pitch) and incorporates art and music. Prerequisite: PSYC 212

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PSYC 322 - 51 Sensation and Perception/Lab - - W - - - - 0930 - 1130 JRC LL21
CRN: 40315 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson A study of the structure and function of sensory systems, the information that these systems provide the brain, and the subsequent interpretation of sensory information that we call perception. The course focuses on visual perception (e.g., brightness, color, form, depth, movement, constancy, illusions) and auditory perception (e.g., detection, discrimination, loudness, pitch) and incorporates art and music. Prerequisite: PSYC 212

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PSYC 322 - 52 Sensation & Perception/Lab - - - - F - - 0930 - 1130 JRC LL21
CRN: 41544 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson A study of the structure and function of sensory systems, the information that these systems provide the brain, and the subsequent interpretation of sensory information that we call perception. The course focuses on visual perception (e.g., brightness, color, form, depth, movement, constancy, illusions) and auditory perception (e.g., detection, discrimination, loudness, pitch) and incorporates art and music. Prerequisite: PSYC 212

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PSYC 400 - 01 Seminar in Cognition M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC LL45
CRN: 42010 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah E. Hankerson This course explores cognition, using a comparative approach with an emphasis on brain mechanisms. In addition to some cognition basics, we will consider: How do we define human? How are we distinctly different from other apes? From the other hominids? What unique concepts set us apart? (ex. self-recognition; tool-making; theory of mind; moral reasoning; art, etc). How did society develop? What brain mechanisms are used for learning, memory and perception?

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