Heidi Lyn, Ph.D.
 

Heidi Lyn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Joan M. Sinnott Chair of Psychology
Comparative Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

 
Dr. Lyn will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply here.
 
Research Interests
 
  • Nonhuman cognition
  • Nonhuman communication
  • Neural and behavioral correlates in nonhuman primates
  • Intelligence in animals

PH.D Georgia State University       2001
Psychology: Comparative animal communication and cognition
M.A. Georgia State University         1998
Psychology: Comparative animal communication and cognition
B.A. University of Pennsylvania      1992
Linguistics
B.S. University of Pennsylvania       1992
Computer Science Engineering
 

Heidi Lyn is an Associate Professor and Joan M. Sinnott chair of Psychology at The University of South Alabama where she studies nonhuman animal cognition and communication. She has published over 25 articles on the intelligence of animals, including the differences between large and small dogs, environmental influences on intelligence and social behavior in apes, the communicative and cognitive behaviors of sea mammals such as dolphins, belugas, and walrus, and on neural and behavioral correlates in nonhuman primates. Her research has been featured in Scientific American, Science magazine as well as in two books and she has been interviewed by major newspapers and the Today show. She previously held positions at UCLA, the New York Aquarium, St. Andrews University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.


Highlighted Research
 

Broadway, M. S., Samuelson, M. M., Christopher, J. L., Jett, S. E., & Lyn, H. (2017). Does size really matter? Investigating cognitive differences in spatial memory ability based on size in domestic dogs. Behavioural processes, 138, 7-14.

Lyn, H., Russell, J. L., & Hopkins, W. D. (2010). The impact of environment on the comprehension of declarative communication in apes. Psychological Science, 21(3), 360-365.

Lyn, H., Greenfield, P. M., Savage-Rumbaugh, S., Gillespie-Lynch, K., & Hopkins, W. D. (2011). Nonhuman primates do declare! A comparison of declarative symbol and gesture use in two children, two bonobos, and a chimpanzee. Language & communication, 31(1), 63-74.

Lyn, H., Pierre, P., Bennett, A. J., Fears, S., Woods, R., & Hopkins, W. D. (2011). Planum temporale grey matter asymmetries in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), vervet (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus), rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and bonnet (Macaca radiata) monkeys. Neuropsychologia, 49(7), 2004-2012.

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