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Sarah Hankerson

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director of Neuroscience
Degree
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
Office
JRC LL60
Phone
(651) 962-5033
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5033
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.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
NSCI 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

41435 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 206 - L01 Brain & Human Behavior M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC LL45

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

42197 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

An examination of brain systems that subserve human behavior. Topics include: human development, consciousness, social behavior, cognition, emotion and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 322 - 01 Sensation and Perception M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC LL45

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

40240 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 322 - 51 Sensation and Perception/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC LL45

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- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

40241 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

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PSYC 393 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41110 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PSYC 206 - L01 Brain & Human Behavior - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10336 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

An examination of brain systems that subserve human behavior. Topics include: human development, consciousness, social behavior, cognition, emotion and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

Schedule Details

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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PSYC 212 - D01 Research Meth in Psych M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

20230 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 212 - D51 Research Meth in Psych/Lab M - - - - - - 1330 - 1520 JRC LL45

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1520

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

20540 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 212 - D53 Research Meth in Psych/Lab - - - - F - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- - - - F - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23278 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Sarah E. Hankerson

Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 401 - 01 Physiological Psychology M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC LL45

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

20237 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 401 - 51 Physiological Psychology/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC LL45

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC LL45

Course Registration Number:

20238 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

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