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Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Hawaii

(585) 475-4191

Fall 2161
Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

By appointment.

Research Interests: 
Human & Animal Cognition, Perception, Animal Bioacoustics

Dr. DeLong is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in comparative cognition and perception. She has a B.A. from New College of Florida and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.  Prior to coming to RIT, she was a Visiting Professor of Psychology at New College of Florida and spent four years as a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. She joined the Psychology Department at RIT in 2008.

Dr. DeLong’s research interests are in comparative cognition, human cognition and perception, and bioacoustics. Her past research has focused on cognitive representation and auditory perception in dolphins and bats. She is currently involved in collaborative research projects on dolphin biosonar. Her recent research studies include visual object recognition and number discrimination in fish, visual object recognition in North American river otters, and artificial neural network modeling of human performance on auditory object discrimination tasks.   Please see Dr. DeLong’s website for more information about her Comparative Cognition and Perception Lab.

Dr. DeLong teaches classes in Cognitive Psychology, Perception, Language and Thought, Memory and Attention, Learning and Behavior, Research Methods, Seminar in Psychology, Senior Project in Psychology, Co-op, Independent Study, and Graduate Cognition.

Dr. DeLong’s website:


Selected Publications:

Branstetter, B., DeLong, C.M., Dziedzic, B., Black, A., & Bakhtiari, K. (2016).

Recognition of frequency-modulated whistle-like sounds by a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and humans with transformations in amplitude, duration, and frequency. PLoS ONE, 11(2): e0147512. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147512

DeLong, C.M., Heberle, A.L., Wisniewski, M.G., & Mercado, E., III.  (2014). The ability to recognize objects from dolphin echoes generalizes across multiple orientations in humans and neural networks. Animal Cognition, 17(3), 543-557. doi: 10.1007/s10071-013-0685-0

Mercado, E., III. & DeLong, C.M.  (2010). Dolphin cognition: Representations and processes in perception and memory. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 344-378.

DeLong, C.M., Bragg, R., & Simmons, J.A.  (2008).  Evidence for spatial representation of object shape by echolocating bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123(6), 4582-4598.

DeLong, C.M., Au, W.W.L., Lemonds, D.W., Harley, H.E., & Roitblat, H.L. (2006). Acoustic features of objects matched by an echolocating bottlenose dolphin.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119(3), 1867-1879.

Recent Presentations:

DeLong, C.M., Dziedzic, B., Branstetter, B., Black, A. & Bakhtiari, K. (2015, December). Recognition of frequency-modulated whistle-like sounds by human listeners and a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Poster presented at the 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. 

Barbato, S.L., & DeLong, C.M. (2015, April).  Do fish subitize? Numerical discrimination in goldfish (Carassius auratus). Poster presented at the 22nd Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL. 

DeLong, C.M., Heberle, A.L., Mata, K., Harley, H.E., & Au, W.W.L. (2013, June). Recognizing objects from multiple orientations using dolphin echoes. Paper presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics and the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

DeLong, C.M., Keller, A.M., Keenan, S.A., & Heberle, A.L. (2013, March). Visual features used by goldfish (Carassius auratus) on a 2D object discrimination task. Poster presented at the 20th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL. 

Keller, A.M. & DeLong, C.M. (2013, March). A comparison of problem solving and tool use in orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus), raccoons (Procyon lotor), and children (Homo sapiens). Poster presented at the 20th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, FL.