Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Post Hall 226
Laboratory: Post Hall 300
Phone: 610-660-1801
Fax: 610-660-1819
Website: Dr. Anderson Classes and Research

Dr. Anderson is an experimental psychologist specializing in animal learning and behavior. His research employs laboratory rodent models in the investigation of curiosity and novelty reaction, ontogenetic influences on learning and memory, and the influence of metabolic processes on time perception and associative learning.

Additionally, Dr. Anderson is interested in the behavior of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), and employs observational studies of the captive flock at the Philadelphia Zoo in order to better understand the behavior of this highly social, iconic bird, and to perhaps gain some insight into the evolution and workings of general behavioral processes relevant to many species, including humans.

He is the author of over twenty articles and book chapters, and has edited a book titled Tasks and Techniques: A Sampling of Methodologies for the Investigation of Animal Learning, Behavior, and Cognition. His research on flamingo resting behavior and efforts to answer the age-old question, "Why do flamingos stand on one leg?" have received substantial media coverage from around the globe.


  • Ph.D. Kent State University
  • M.A. Kent State University
  • B.A. Susquehanna University

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