Faculty Advisor

Robakiewicz, Philip E.

Abstract

In most vertebrates, the brain is lateralized such that each hemisphere of the brain is better suited to serve specific functions. In this study, I investigated behavioral evidence of brain lateralization in the Australian magpie. I found that birds that use their left eye more also alarm call more frequently in response to human approaches. Also, I observed that juvenile birds will beg for food on the right side of an adult significantly more frequently than on the left side.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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