Stanley N. Bursten, Ph.D.
Psychology Department Chair
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Dr. Bursten received his doctorate from UC Davis in Comparative Psychology. At UC Davis, he conducted research on the evolution of visual signaling and on host-parasite relationships.
Currently, Dr. Bursten teaches General Psychology, Introduction to Physiological Psychology and Research Methods and Experimental Design in Psychology. These courses however, don’t adequately reflect his background or interests in Psychology. His interest in evolutionary questions and animal behavior began at the University of Missouri where he studied learning and brain mechanisms in rats and social behavior in wolves. These interests continued when he started his Ph.D. at Duke. While there, he studied ringdove-mating behavior before eventually going to UCD to work with ground squirrels, rattlesnakes and fleas. As well as being a psychologist, Dr. Bursten is more of a Zoologist.