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Dr. Micheal Dent
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Office: B76 Park Hall
Phone: (716) 645-3650 x. 676
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Summary of Research Interests:

My laboratory investigates the perception of complex acoustic stimuli in birds and small mammals using both behavioral and physiological techniques. These stimuli include speech sounds, binaural stimuli, and stimuli that produce auditory illusions. Demonstrations of auditory illusions in animals are extremely important for understanding auditory functioning in realistic environments in both normal and hearing-impaired populations. I am interested in determining whether birds exhibit certain illusions and what the underlying neural correlates are to these illusions – that is, where the disconnect occurs between the presented stimulus and the perceived stimulus.

Representative Publications:

  • Dent, M.L., Larsen, O.N., and Dooling, R.J. (1997). Free-field binaural unmasking in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Behavioral Neuroscience 111, 590-598.
  • Dent, M.L., Dooling, R.J., and Pierce, A.S. (2000). Frequency difference limens by budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus): Effects of tone duration and tonal context. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 107, 2657-2664.
  • Dooling, R.J. and Dent, M.L. (2001). New studies on hair cell regeneration in birds. Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan 22, 93-100.
  • Dent, M.L., Klump, G., and Schwenzfeier, C. (2002). Temporal modulation transfer functions in the barn owl (Tyto alba). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 187, 937-943.
  • Dent, M.L., and Dooling, R.J. (2003). Investigations of the precedence effect in budgerigars: Effects of stimulus type, intensity, duration, and location. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113, 2146-2158.
  • Dent, M.L., and Dooling, R.J. (2003). Investigations of the precedence effect in budgerigars: Perceived location of auditory images. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113, 2159-2170.
  • Dent, M.L., Tollin, D.J., and Yin, T.C.T. (2004). Cats experience the auditory Franssen Effect illusion. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 116, 3070-3074.
  • Dent, M.L., Tollin, D.J., and Yin, T.C.T. (2005). Psychophysical and physiological studies of the precedence effect in cats. Acta Acustica 91, 463-470.



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