Dr. Robert Cook, known to his students, colleagues, and friends as Bob, has studied comparative animal cognition and behavior for more than 30 years, exploring topics such as stimulus control, discrimination learning, and memory. His NIH- and NSF-funded Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Tufts University has been highly successful, both in terms of research productiveness that has shaped the field of comparative cognition and as his monumental support and mentorship for student research and education. His lab utilizes touchscreen-equipped, computerized operant chambers to explore comparative visual and auditory cognition in both avian (pigeons and starlings) and human subjects. The Comparative Cognition Laboratory continually funds graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as providing hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate volunteers and outreach programs for local high school students. He is an excellent mentor and has maintained lifelong friendships with...
- Brown, M. F., & Cook, R. G. (Eds.). (2006). Animal spatial cognition: Comparative, neural, and computational approaches. [On-line]. Available: pigeon.psy.tufts.edu/asc/.
- Cook, R. G. (1992). Acquisition and transfer of visual texture discriminations by pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 18, 341–353.Google Scholar
- Cook, R. G. (2001). Avian visual cognition. [On-line]. Available: pigeon.psy.tufts.edu/avc/.