Meghan C. Kahn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Social Sciences

Indiana University Southeast

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on a desire to understand what happens in the brain when animals learn. Specifically, I attempt to understand the relationship between specific brain areas and the types of learning that animals are particularly good at. For that reason, I study spatial learning and memory in homing pigeons, birds that are known for their amazing abilities to return to a home loft even after being displaced miles from home. While it may seem odd for a psychologist to study birds, my research has shown me how much an understanding of memory in homing pigeons can lead to a better understanding of memory in people.


Papers

Kahn, M.C. and Bingman, V. P. (In Press). Avian hippocampal role in space and content memory. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Kahn, M. C., Siegel, J. J., Jechura, T. J., and Bingman, V. P. (2008). Response properties of avian hippocampal formation cells in an environment with unstable goal locations. Behavioural Brain Research, 191, 153-163.

Bingman,V. P., Jechura, T. J., and Kahn, M. C. (2006). Behavioral and neural mechanisms of homing and migration in birds. In M. F. Brown and R. G. Cook (Eds.), Animal spatial cognition: Comparative, neural, and computational approaches. [Online] http://www.pigeon.psy.tufts.edu/asc/Bingman

Bingman, V. P., Gagliardo, A., Hough II, G. E., Ioalé, P., Kahn, M. C., and Siegel, J. J. (2005). The avian hippocampus, homing in pigeons and the memory representation of large-scale space. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 45, 555-564.

Kahn, M. C. and Bingman, V. P. (2004). Lateralization of spatial learning in the avian hippocampal formation. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118 (2), 333-344.

Shimizu, T., Bowers, A. N., Budzynski, C. A., Kahn, M. C., and Bingman, V. P. (2004). What does a pigeon (Columba livia) brain look like during homing? Selective examination of ZENK expression. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118 (4), 845-851.

Gagliardo, A., Ioalé, P., Kahn, M. C., and Bingman, V. P. (2004). Hippocampal lesions do not disrupt navigational map retention in homing pigeons under conditions when map acquisition is hippocampal dependent. Behavioural Brain Research, 153, 35-42.

Kahn, M. C., Hough, G. E. II, Ten Eyck, G. R., and Bingman, V. P. (2003). Internal connectivity of the homing pigeon (Columba livia) hippocampal formation: an anterograde and retrograde tracer study. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 459, 127-141.

Bingman, V. P., Hough, G.E. II, Kahn, M. C., and Siegel, J. J. (2003). The homing pigeon hippocampus and space: In search of adaptive specialization. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, 62, 117-127.


Conferences and Presentations

Kahn, M. C. & Bingman, V. P. (2009, October). The avian hippocampus and representing the quality of goal locations. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, Chicago, IL.

Kahn, M. C. and Bingman, V. P. (2007, November). Memory for goal locations in the avian hippocampal formation. Poster session presented at the Bowling Green State University Research Conference, Bowling Green, OH.

Kahn, M. C. (2006, April). FMRI technology: Uses, potential abuses, and views on the interactions between scientists and society. Panel discussion presentation at Battleground States: Scholarship in Times of Crisis Graduate Conference, Bowling Green, OH.

Kahn, M. C., Jechura, T. J., Siegel, J. J., & Bingman, V. P. (2005, November). Hemispheric differences in the homing pigeon hippocampus: Single unit data from an open-field environment. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, Washington, D. C.

Kahn, M. C., & Bingman, V. P. (2003, April). Lateralization of landmark spatial learning strategies in the hippocampus of homing pigeons. Poster session presented at the MCO/UT/BGSU Research Symposium, Toledo, OH.

Kahn, M. C., & Bingman, V. P. (2002, November). Lateralization of landmark spatial learning strategies in the hippocampus of homing pigeons. Poster session presented at the Biology Department Fall Research Retreat, Bowling Green, OH.

Kahn, M. C., & Bingman, V. P. (2002, November). Lateralization of landmark spatial learning strategies in the hippocampus of homing pigeons. Poster session presented at the Bowling Green State University Research Conference, Bowling Green, OH.

Kahn, M. C., & Bingman, V. P. (2002, November). Lateralization of landmark spatial learning strategies in the hippocampus of homing pigeons. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, Orlando, FL.

Kahn, M. C., Hough, G. E. II, Ten Eyck, G. R., & Bingman, V. P. (2001, November). Radial glia and neurogenesis-like labeling in the hippocampus of adult homing pigeons. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, San Diego, CA.

Ten Eyck, G. R., Kahn, M. C., Hough, G. E. II., & Bingman, V. P. (2001, November). Intrinsic connections of the homing pigeon hippocampus: an anterograde pathway tracing study. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, San Diego, CA.

Contact Information

Office: CV 014
Phone: (812) 941-2174


Office Hours

Monday

   1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
   6:15 PM to 7:15 PM

Tuesday

   1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Wednesday

   1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Thursday

   11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

These office hours are for the Fall 2009 semester only.


Courses

Fall 2009

  • P101
  • P329

Spring 2010

  • P101
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • P250
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