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Caroline DeLong

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4191
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Caroline DeLong

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, New College of Florida; MA, Ph.D., University of Hawaii

Bio

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: www.rit.edu/delonglab/

585-475-4191

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PSYC-550
0 Credits
Practicum open to psychology students. Gives the student first-hand experience in the field of psychology working on research that matches the student's career objectives. Students are closely supervised by a faculty member, developing relevant skills and learning how to do research first-hand. May count for the equivalent of the psychology co-op experience with prior approval and sufficient time commitment. (3rd or 4th year status). Prerequisites PSYC-101, -250, -251. Credit 0 (F, S, Su)
PSYC-224
3 Credits
This course covers perception in all of the sensory modalities (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch). We will trace what happens to the physical stimulus as our sensory systems analyze it to produce complicated perceptions of the world around us. We will explore the fact that many complex perceptual phenomena draw upon explanations at the physiological, psychological, and cognitive levels. Topics on sensory perception in non-human animals may also be covered. This is a required course for psychology majors in the visual perception track.
PSYC-432
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the cognitive track. This course explores judgment, decision-making and problem-solving processes and focuses on the social and cognitive aspects of complex information processing. Major topics include normative, descriptive (heuristics and biases), and naturalistic approaches to decision-making, as well as selective perception, memory and hindsight biases, framing effects, social influences, group processes and human error. Models of decision-making considered include the prospect theory, expected utility theory, and Bayes’ Theorem. Problem solving will be examined from perspectives of formal, computational methods as well as intuition and creativity. Experimental methods and applications in design of systems and decision aids will receive special attention.
PSYC-223
3 Credits
This course examines how people perceive, learn, represent, remember and use information. Contemporary theory and research are surveyed in such areas as attention, pattern and object recognition, memory, knowledge representation, language acquisition and use, reasoning, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and intelligence. Applications in artificial intelligence and human/technology interaction may also be considered.
PSYC-510
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the psychology major to demonstrate experimental research expertise, while being guided by faculty advisors. The topic to be studied is up to the student, who must find a faculty advisor before signing up for the course. Students will be supervised by the advisor as they conduct their literature review, develop the research question or hypothesis, develop the study methodology and materials, construct all necessary IRB materials, run subjects, and analyze the results of their study. This course will culminate in an APA style paper and poster presentation reporting the results of the research. Because Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s scientific research learning experience in the psychology major, it is expected that the project will be somewhat novel, will extend the theoretical understanding of their previous work (or of the previous work of another researcher), and go well beyond any similar projects that they might have done in any of their previous courses.

Latest News

  • December 7, 2018

    Woman stands with clipboard in front of the otter exhibit at Seneca Park Zoo.

    RIT, Seneca Park Zoo lead world in river otter research

    Research involving North American river otters based at Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo has concluded the fascinating animals can visually discriminate between two-dimensional objects and detect differences in shapes and colors.

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Journal Paper
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Visual Perception of Planar-Rotated 2D Objects in Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." Behavioural Processes 157. (2018): 263-278. Web.
Fobe, Irene and Caroline DeLong. "An Exploration of Auditory Rhythm Perception in African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus)." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 31. 10001 (2018): 1-13. Web.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Visual Discrimination of Geometric and Complex 2D Shapes in Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." Animal Behavior and Cognition 5. 3 (2018): 300-319. Web.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) Discriminate Between 2D Objects Varying in Shape and Color." Learning and Behavior. (2018): 1-14. Web.
DeLong, Caroline M., et al. "Small and Large Number Discrimination in Goldfish (Carassius auratus) with Extensive Training." Behavioural Processes 141. (2017): 172-183. Print.
DeLong, Caroline M. "Human Listening Experiments Provide Insight Into Cetacean Auditory Perception." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 29. (2017): 1-14. Web.
Branstetter, Brian, et al. "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 (2016): e0147512. Web.
Keller, Ashlynn M. and Caroline M. DeLong. "Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) and Children (Homo sapiens) use Stick Tools in a Puzzle Box Task Involving Semantic Prospection." International Journal of Comparative Psychology 29. (2016): 1-25. Web.
DeLong, C. M., et al. "The Ability to Recognize Objects From Dolphin Echoes Generalizes Across Multiple Orientations in Humans and Neural Networks." Animal Cognition 17. 3 (2014): 543-557. Print.
DeLong, Caroline. "The Ability to Recognize Objects from Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus) Echoes Generalizes Across Multiple Orientations in Humans and Neural Networks." Animal Cognition. (2013): N/A. Web.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Recognizing Objects from Multiple Orientations Using Dolphin Echoes." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 19. 1 (2013): N/A. Web.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Exploring the Capacity of Neural Networks to Recognize Objects from Dolphin Echoes Across Multiple Orientations." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 19. 1 (2013): N/A. Web.
DeLong, Caroline and Amanda L. Heberle. "Auditory Change Detection with Common and Uncommon Sounds." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 132. 3 (2013): 1-9. Print.
DeLong, C.M. "The Effect of Musical Training on Auditory Perception." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 14. (2012): 1-10. Print.
Kannyo, Irene and Caroline DeLong. "The Effect of Musical Training on Auditory Perception." Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 14. 25002 (2012): 1-10. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Pluck, Ryan, et al. "Local and Global Processing in North American River Otters (Lontra Canadensis)." RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 3 Aug. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Morrison, Evan, et al. "Recognition of 2D Photo Representations of 3D Stimuli in Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." RIT Graduate Showcase. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 16 Nov. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Morrison, Evan, et al. "North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) use Shape and Color to Discriminate Between 2D Objects." 25th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne Beach, FL. 5 Apr. 2018. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Visual Discrimination of Rotated 3D Objects in Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." 25th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne Beach, FL. 6 Apr. 2018. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline, Catina Wright, and Ryan Pluck. "Three Research Studies on Visual Cognition in North American River Otters at the Seneca Park Zoo (Lontra canadensis)." Animal Trainer Meeting. Seneca Park Zoo. Rochester, NY. 25 Jun. 2018. Lecture.
Fobe, Irene, Caroline M. DeLong, and Kenneth Tyler Wilcox. "An Exploration of Rhythm Perception in African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus)." 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA. 4 Dec. 2017. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline M., et al. "Visual Discrimination of Rotated 2D Objects in a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." Fall Meeting of the Comparative Cognition Society. Comparative Cognition Society. Vancouver, Canada. 9 Nov. 2017. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline M., et al. "Visual Discrimination of Rotated 2D Objects in Goldfish (Carassius auratus)." 24th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne, FL. 22 Apr. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Fobe, Irene, et al. "Visual Object Recognition in North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis)." 24th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne, FL. 22 Apr. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Burnett, Christina and Caroline M. DeLong. "Captive Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) Use Water as a Tool in a Problem-Solving Task." 24th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne, FL. 22 Apr. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Fobe, Irene, Caroline M. DeLong, and Catina Wright. "Visual Object Recognition in North American River Otters (Lontra Canadensis)." International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association Northwest Regional Workshop. International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association. Rochester, NY. 1 May 2017. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, C.M., et al. "Hidden Spaces, Mobile Places: Changing an Institutional Environment Through Appreciative Inquiry." Seneca Falls Dialogues. Seneca Falls Dialogues. Seneca Falls, NY. 18 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, C.M. and A.M. Keller. "Numerical Discrimination in Goldfish (Carassius Auratus)." 21th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. 21th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Melbourne, FL. 27 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, C.M. and K.T. Wilcox. "Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation Differentially Improve Mindfulness and Affect, not Emotional Memory." 26th American Psychological Society Convention. American Psychological Society. San Francisco, CA. 22 May 2014. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Discrimination of Fish Prey at Different Aspect Angles by Human Listeners Using Dolphin Echoes." Fall Meeting of the Comparative Cognition Society. Comparative Cognition Society. Toronto, Ontario. 14 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline and Amanda Heberle. "Recognizing Objects from Multiple Orientations Using Dolphin Echoes." 21st International Congress on Acoustics and the 165th Meeting of The Acoustical Society of America. International Congress on Acoustics. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2 Dec. 2013. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Visual Features Used by Goldfish (Carassius Auratus) on a 2D Object Discrimination Task." 20th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne, FL. 9 Mar. 2013. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline and Ashlynn Keller. "A Comparison of Problem Solving and Tool Use in Orangutans (Pongo Pygmaeus Pygmaeus), Raccoons (Procyon Lotor), and Children (Homo Sapiens)." 20th Annual International Conference on Comparative. Comparative Cognition Society. Melbourne, FL. 9 Mar. 2013. Conference Presentation.
DeLong, Caroline, et al. "Exploring the Capacity of Neural Networks to Recognize Objects from Dolphin Echoes Across Multiple Orientations." 21st International Congress on Acoustics and the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. International Congress on Acoustics. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 2-7 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
DeLong, C. M., et al. "Towards Automatic Annotation of Clinical Decision-making Style." Proceedings of the 8th Linguistic Annotation Workshop at the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Ed. Unknown. Dublin, Ireland: International Committee on Computational Linguistics, 2014. Print.
DeLong, C. M., et al. "Decision Style in a Clinical Reasoning Corpus." Proceedings of the BioNLP Workshop. Ed. Unknown. Baltimore, MD: Association for Computational Linguistics, 2014. Print.