Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Danielle Sulikowski

Dr Danielle Sulikowski

PhD, B.Sc. (Hons), B.Sc.

Profile

Dani was awarded her BSc from the University of New England in 2003, BSc(Hons) from Macquarie University in 2005 and PhD from Macquarie University in 2010. She worked as an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University 2009-2010 and at the University of Newcastle during late 2010. Dani started at Charles Sturt University in February 2011 on the Bathurst Campus in the School of Psychology.

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Teaching

Dani teaches PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, internally at the Bathurst campus and teaches PSY307 Cognition, by distance.

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Research

Although my research is best described as comparative cognition, it spans traditional psychology core topics (such as cognition, learning, perception, biopsychology and social psychology) as well as behavioural ecology, human ethology and evolutionary psychology. My current research projects use human and avian (noisy miners) subjects and investigate spatial cognition (birds), attractiveness (humans), visual attention (humans) and lateralization (humans and birds).

Here is a link to my research laboratory website: http://www.comparativecognition.com/

Recent Publications
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2011 Win-shift and win-stay learning in the rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, in press.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2011 Movement and memory: Different cognitive strategies are used to search for resources with different natural distributions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65, 621- 631.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2010 Reward type influences performance and search structure of an omnivorous bird in an open-field maze. Behavioural Processes, 83, 31-35.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2010 When a place is not a place: Encoding of spatial information is dependent on reward type. Behaviour, 147, 1461-1479.
  • Burke, D. & Sulikowski, D. 2010 A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 573-585.
  • Narendra, A., Cheng, K., Sulikowski, D. & Wehner, R. 2008 Search strategies of ants in landmark-rich habitats. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 194, 929-938.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2007 Food-specific spatial memory biases in an omnivorous bird. Biology Letters, 3, 245-248.
  • Narendra, A., Si, A., Sulikowski, D. & Cheng, K. 2007 Learning, retention and coding of nest-associated visual cues by the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61, 1543-1553.
Invited Presentations
  • Sulikowski, D. 2010 Do different cognitive systems underlie foraging for discretely versus continuously distributed resources? 6th May, School of Psychology Colloquia Series, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, Australia.
  • Sulikowski, D. 2009 Spatial cognition and foraging ecology of the noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala). 2nd December, Meeting of the Royal Society of NSW, St Paul's College, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Sulikowski, D. 2009 Spatial cognition and foraging ecology: Exploring the adaptive nature of cognitive mechanisms. 14th July, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science Seminar Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Sulikowski, D. 2009 Memory and movement: Adaptive cognition in an omnivorous bird. 8th May, Department of Neurobiology and Cognition, University of Vienna, Austria.
Conference Submissions
  • Burke, D., Willis, M., Sulikowski, D., McKone, E. & Favelle, S. Is holistic/configural processing restricted to human faces? 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, 28-30 April 2010, Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Burke, D. & Sulikowski, D. 2010 A new viewpoint on the evolution of sexually dimorphic human faces. 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, 8-10 April 2010, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2009 Movement analyses reveal foodspecific search patterns in the omnivorous noisy miner bird (Manorina melanocephala). 16th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 18-21 March 2009, Radisson Hotel, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2008 Searching for grubs: Spatial working memory in the noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) is adapted to the natural distribution of food types. 35th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2008 Search strategies are contingent upon reward type in an open-field analogue of the radial arm maze. 15th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 19-22 March 2008, Radisson Hotel, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2008 Performance of an omnivorous bird in a spatial working memory task is dependent on food type. 15th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 19-22 March 2008, Radisson Hotel, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2007 The ecology of cognition: Win-shift biases are sensitive to food type. 34th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, 12-15 April 2007, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Narendra, A., Si, A., Sulikowski, D. & Cheng, K. 2007 Viewing and learning of nest-associated cues in desert ants. 34th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, 12-15 April 2007, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2007 Win-shift learning is sensitive to food type in the noisy miner bird. 14th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 14-17 March 2007, Radisson Hotel, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
  • Sulikowski, D. & Burke, D. 2006 Spatial memory biases in nectarfeeding birds. 13th Biennial Scientific Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Comparative Psychology, 31 August - 3 September 2006, Copthorne Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Sulikowski, D., Richards, N., Burke, D. & Herberstein, M. 2006 Impacts of enclosure design on the behaviour of captive animals: a study on two populations of the Central rock-rat (Zyzomys pedunculatus). 33rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, 20-23 April 2006, Macquarie University, Sydney.

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