Dr. Nicole Muszynski

Assistant Professor of Psychology


When I was an undergraduate, I really wanted to switch my major from Psychology to Zoology. I felt like I had chosen the wrong path. I wanted to study animal behavior and felt like Psychology was not the way to do so. That all changed when I took a class in Comparative Psychology and a class in Cognitive Psychology. It was then that I learned that you really could pursue an interest in any topic that you could imagine in Psychology.

I am particularly interested in anything that intersects animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates), the brain, learning, and cognition.

Courses Taught
Animal Cognition, Learning and Motivation (with emphasis on associative learning), Biopsychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Human Development, and Sex, Drugs, and Violence

Selected Articles
Muszynski, N. M., & Couvillon, P. A. (2020). Category difference facilitates oddity learning in honeybees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 134(3), 266-276. https://doi.org/10.1037/com0000228

Muszynski, N. M., & Couvillon, P. A. (2015). Relational learning in honeybees (Apis mellifera): Oddity and nonoddity discrimination. Behavioural Processes, 115, 81-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2015.03.001