Heidi Lyn

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Comparative cognition and neuroanatomy, evolution of language, primate cognition, dolphin behavior and communication, enrichment of animals in human care 

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Statistics (PSY 360)
  • Research Methods (PSY 361)
  • Psychology of Learning (PSY 422)
  • Animal Behavior (PSY 424)
  • Cetacean Behavior and Cognition (PSY 444) 

Recent Publications

Russell, J. L., Lyn, H., Schaeffer, J. A., & Hopkins, W. D. (2011). The Role of Socio-Communicative Rearing Environments on the Development of Social and Physical Cognition in Apes. Developmental Science, 14(6), 1459-1470. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01090.x

Lyn, H., Pierre, P., Bennett, A. J., Fears, S., Woods, R., & Hopkins, W. D. (2011). Planum Temporale Grey Matter Asymmetries in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Vervet (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus), Rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and Bonnet (Macaca radiata) monkeys. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2004-2012. DOI:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.03.030

Lyn, H., Greenfield, P. M., Savage-Rumbaugh, S., Gillespie-Lynch, K., & Hopkins, W. D. (2011). Nonhuman primates do declare! A comparison of declarative symbol and gesture use in two children, two bonobos, and a chimpanzee. Language and Communication, 31, 63-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2010.11.001

Lyn, H., Russell, J. L., & Hopkins, W. D. (2010). The impact of environment on the comprehension of declarative communication in apes. Psychological Science 21(3), 360-365. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610362218

Franks, B., Lyn, H, Klein, L. & Reiss, D. L. (2009) The influence of feeding enrichment, and seasonal context on the behavior of Pacific Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). Zoo Biology, 28,1-8. 

Invited Presentations

Lyn, H. (2011) Cognitive parallels in divergent species: what analogous abilities may tell us about the evolution of the human mind. Comparative Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology – Bridging Divisions Fosters Crosstalk and Collaborations, Symposium at the Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Lyn, H. (2007) Artificial symbol systems and very distant relatives: what apes and dolphins can tell us about language evolution.Evolutionary Approaches to Culture, Cognition and Communication. ESRC Research Seminar Series. St. Andrews, UK. 

Recent Conference Presentations

Lyn, H., Greenfield, P. M., Savage-Rumbaugh, S., Gillespie-Lynch, K., & Hopkins, W. D. (2010) Declaratives in apes: the impact of environment and species on purely informative communications. Paper presented at the Evolution of Language meeting, Utrecht, The Netherlands, April, 2010

Lyn, H., Russell, J. L., Schaeffer, J. A., & Hopkins, W. D. (2010). Environmental Effects on Great Ape Cognition, Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Conference, Melbourne, Florida, USA, March, 2010