Stan A. Kuczaj, Ph.D.

Stan A. Kuczaj received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kuczaj has held academic positions at Oxford University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Minnesota, and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. His current research focuses on marine mammal behavior and communication.

University of Texas at Austin (Psychology) B.A. 1972
University of Minnesota (Child Psychology) Ph.D. 1976

1996-present Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology,
University of Southern Mississippi
1976-1995 Professor (1986-1995), Chair (1982-1986), Associate
Professor (1980-1985), Assistant Professor (1976-
1980), Department of Psychology,
Southern Methodist University
1989 Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Hawaii
1986 Visiting Fellow, Department of Experimental
Psychology, Oxford University
1980-81 Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Child
Development, University of Minnesota

Selected Related Publications:
Gory, J.D. & Kuczaj, S.A. II. (in press). Experimental investigations of the role of planning in dolphin problem solving. Proceedings of the European Cetacean Society.

Kuczaj, S.A. II & Highfill, L.E. (in press). Dolphin play; Evidence for cooperation and culture? Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Kuczaj, S.A. II, Makecha, R.N., Trone, M., Paulos, R.D., & Ramos, J.A. (in press). The role of peers in cultural transmission and cultural innovation: Evidence from dolphin calves. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Kuczaj, S.A. II, Paulos, R. D. & Ramos, J. A. (in press). Imitation in apes, children and dolphins: Implications for the ontogeny and phylogeny of symbolic representation. In L. Namy (Ed.), The ontogeny of symbolic representation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kuczaj, S.A. II & Thames, R. (in press). Problem solving in dolphins. In T. Zentall & E. Wasserman (Eds.), Comparative Cognition:  Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Trone, M., Kuczaj, S.A. II, & Solangi, M. (in press). Does participation in dolphin-human interaction programs affect bottlenose dolphin behaviour? Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Kuczaj, S.A. II & Hill, H.M. (2004). How animals care for their young. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Vol. 1. Phoenix, AZ: Greenwood Publishing. Pp. 185-191.

Xitco, M.J. Jr., Gory, J.D. & Kuczaj, S.A. II. (2004). Audience effects on dolphin pointing. Animal Cognition, 7, 231-238.

Kuczaj, S.A. II & Hendry, J. L. (2003). Does language help animals think? In D. Gentner & S. Goldin-Meadow (Eds.), Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 237-275.

Xitco, M.J., Gory, J.D. & Kuczaj, S.A. II (2001). Spontaneous pointing by
bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops trucatus). Animal Cognition, 4, 115-123.

Synergistic Activities:
Dr. Kuczaj is a founding fellow of the American Psychological Society, a founding member of the Comparative Cognition Society, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Acoustical Society, the Animal Behavior Society, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy. He serves as the faculty advisor for the local student chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. He is currently Associate Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and First Language.