Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences Department
At WOU since08/01/2020
HobbiesHiking, board games, coffee
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Course scheduleWinter 2021
|20122||PSY201||GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY||MW 1000-1150||ONLINE CRS|
|20133||PSY360||COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY||W 1600-1750||ONLINE CRS|
|20839||PSY468||ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS||T 1400-1550||ONLINE CRS|
What you will do and learn in my courses
In my courses, in addition to learning cool and important information about psychological science, animal minds, evolution, and the biology of behavior, you'll develop critical and scientific thinking skills that will continue to be useful throughout college and beyond, regardless of your major.
2020 - PhD Psychology, Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Program, Emory University
2015 - MA Anthropology, The Ohio State University
2012 - BA Biology, Macalester College
General Psychology, Motivation, Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, Cognitive Psychology
I am interested in vocal communication, emotion, and evolution in humans and animals, and I investigate this by looking at both the production and perception of vocalizations. The production component involves observing and recording animals, to investigate the relationships between emotion and acoustic characteristics (such as pitch or duration) of their vocalizations. The perception component entails testing whether and how human participants perceive emotion from animal calls. The ultimate goal of this work is to gain insight into how emotions generally affect the evolutionary history and tragectory of vocal communication.
Given my interest in animals’ emotions, I am also passionate about animal welfare. Before obtaining my M.A. degree, I volunteered at a howler monkey sanctuary in Panama, and have published on best practices for primate rehabilitation.
Publications and Presentations
Peer Reviewed Publications
Schwartz JW, Engelberg JWM, Gouzoules H. 2020. Evolving views on cognition in animal communication: Contributions from scream research. Animal Behavior and Cognition. 7(2): 192-213. [link]
Schwartz JW, Engelberg JWM, Gouzoules H. 2020. Was that a scream? Listener agreement and major distinguishing acoustic features. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 44: 233-252. [link]
Schwartz JW, Gouzoules H. 2019. Decoding human screams: Perception of emotional arousal from pitch and duration. Behaviour. 156(13-14): 1283-1307. [link]
Schwartz JW, Hopkins ME, Hopkins SJ. 2016. Group pre-release training yields positive rehabilitation outcomes among juvenile mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata). International Journal of Primatology. 37(2): 260-280. [link]
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