Marianne Engle

Lecturer
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology

Profile

Dr. Engle earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in learning and animal behavior. After visiting professorships at Cornell College, Allegheny College, and Albright College, she taught at Muskingum University from 2002-2009. She relocated to Dayton and taught at Sinclair Community College for several years prior to her start at the University of Dayton in 2012.

Dr. Engle’s research has focused on song learning in the European starling. Starlings have amazing mimicry abilities, and if they are hand-raised and interact with humans they will mimic many human sounds. Through tracking of their acquisition and use of mimicry and other sounds, Dr. Engle studied how social interaction, both with other birds and with humans, affected which sounds the birds learned and how they used them. The study of bird song provides a window into avian cognitive processes and has also been used as an animal model for human language acquisition. Dr. Engle does not conduct research at the University of Dayton.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Learning
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology (Muskingum University)

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Indiana University 2000
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1990

Research Interests

  • Bird Song
  • Animal Cognition
  • Language Acquisition
  • Observational Learning

Selected Publications

Doctoral Dissertation:

"The importance of the social and acoustic environment in the production of song and mimicry in the European starling," 2001. Department of Psychology, Indiana University.

Publications:

Timberlake, W., & Engle, M. (1995). "Decremental carryover effects of sucrose ingestion in the negative anticipatory contrast procedure in rats." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 21, 304-317.

Presentations:

Jung, R. T., & Engle, M. S. (2007, May).  Spatial ability depends on handedness and strength of handedness.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Engle, M. S., & Neal, S. (2006, August).  Sex differences in observational learning for starlings.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, UT.

Engle, M. S., & Neal, S. (2005, August).  Starlings use of landmarks to locate objects in space.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, UT.

Engle, M. S. (2004, May).  Socially induced plasticity in mimicry production for European starlings.  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Tri-State Plus Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior, Kent, OH.

Engle, M. S., Little, S. J., Newton, S. E., & Clymer, M. J. (2002, July).  Social reinforcement increases production of human mimicry in a group of European starlings.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Bloomington, IN.

Engle, M. S. (2000, August). Social and acoustic stimulation from heterospecifics affects song syntax and temporal characteristics as well as mimicry in male starlings, Sturnus vulgaris.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Atlanta, GA.