©2018 by Samantha Carouso-Peck, Photography by Michael Goldstein.

Curriculum Vitae

Samantha Carouso-Peck

Department of Psychology: Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience

Cornell University

144 East Ave.

Ithaca, NY 14853


413-717-1643

svc22@cornell.edu

 

Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2012 - Present

M.A., Psychology, 2015
Current Ph.D. Candidate
Expected Degree Completion May 2019

Williams College, Williamstown, MA

B.A., Biology, cum laude, June 2010

2006 -2010

 

Positions

Research Assistant and Lab Manager

Cox Lab of Visual Neuroscience, Rowland Institute, Harvard University

2010 - 2012

Research Assistant

Pepperberg Parrot Cognition Lab, Brandeis University

Summers 2006-2007, 2009-2010

Research Assistant

AKTI Environmental NGO, Nicosia, Cyprus

Summer 2008

 

Awards and Honors

Nominated for Cornell Unviersity Russell Distinguished Teaching Award, February 2019

Cornell Psychology Department Research Grant, 2019

Animal Behavior Society’s Warder Clyde Allee Competition for Best Student Paper, first runner-up award, 2018

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, “Capturing Contingency: distilling components of socially embedded song learning”, 2013-2017

Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences Small Grant, “Learning to Talk, Learning to Sing: A Comparative Approach to Discovering Mechanisms of Infant Learning from Social Interaction”, 2013

Recognition of Excellence Award at workshop “Learning to Attend, Attending to Learn: Neurological, Behavioral, and Computational Perspectives”, San Diego, California, Nov 2013

Cornell University Sage Fellowship, 2012

Graduated Williams College with Latin Honors, six semesters on Dean’s List, 2010

Williams College Baxter Fellowship, 2009

University of Sydney High Distinction in Neuroscience, 2009

Class Salutatorian, International School of Bangkok, with International Baccalaureate, National Honor’s Society, and Prize for English Literature, 2006

 

Publications

Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael H. Goldstein (2019). Female social feedback reveals

non-imitative mechanisms of vocal learning in zebra finches. Current Biology, 29(4), 631-636.


Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael H. Goldstein (2018). Linking vocal learning to social

reward in the brain: Proposed mechanisms of socially guided song learning. In Oxford Handbook of Voice Perception, Sascha ühholz and Pascal Belin, Eds. Oxford University Press.


Nicole M. Baran*, Samantha C. Peck*, Tabitha H. Kim, Michael H. Goldstein, Elizabeth

Adkins-Regan (2017). Early life manipulations of vasopressin-family peptides alter vocal learning. Proc. R. Soc. B, 284 20171114; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1114.

*Co-first authors

Manuscripts in prep

Samantha Carouso-Peck, Brittany Jaso, Otilia Menyhart, Timothy DeVoogd, and Michael

Goldstein (in prep). A critical period for social influences on song learning in the zebra finch.


Otilia Menyhart, Samantha Carouso-Peck, Raymond Chou, Timothy DeVoogd, and Michael

Goldstein (in prep). Proximal mechanisms of socially guided learning in the zebra finch.


Severine Hex, Samantha Carouso-Peck, and Michael Goldstein (in prep). Life history as a

predictor of communicative complexity across taxa.


Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael H. Goldstein (in prep). Evolving the capacity for socially

guided vocal learning.


Michael H. Goldstein, Katerina M. Faust, and Samantha Carouso-Peck (in prep). From social

contexts to social mechanisms: Implications of altriciality for the study of development.

 

Presentations

Samantha Carouso-Peck (July 2019). How Birds Learn from Signals Invisible to Us. Invited talk at O'Reilly Science Foo 2019 at Google X, Mountain View, CA.

Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael Goldstein (October 2018). Developmental  manipulations

of  non-vocal  social feedback  reveal novel mechanisms  of vocal learning in songbirds. Poster presentation at Bird  Song and Animal Communication  Annual Meeting, Rockefeller University Field Center, Millbrook NY.


Michael Goldstein, Sara Schroer, Samantha Carouso-Peck, and Jennifer Schwade (October

2018). Reward-based social learning of vocal communication: A comparative approach linking brain and behavior. Invited talk at Bird  Song and Animal Communication  Annual Meeting, Rockefeller University Field Center, Millbrook NY.


Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael H. Goldstein (Aug 2018) Evolving the capacity for social

guidance of vocal learning in songbirds. Invited talk at Animal Behavior Society, Milwaukee WI.


Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael H. Goldstein (Sept 2017) Evidence of socially guided

vocal learning in the zebra finch. Poster at Animal Communication and Human Language Workshop, University of Maryland.


Michael H. Goldstein, Samantha V. Carouso, and Jennifer A. Schwade (April 2017)

Reward-based vocal learning in social context: A comparative approach linking brain and behavior. Paper and invited symposium talk at Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.


Samantha V Carouso and Michael H. Goldstein (Nov 2016) Evolutionary and developmental

evidence of socially guided vocal learning in the zebra finch. Poster at Birdsong 6 SFN satellite, San Diego, CA.


S. Carouso and M. Goldstein (July 2016) Changes in parental responsiveness to immature song

affect learning in juvenile zebra finches. Poster at Animal Behavior Society, Columbia, Missouri.


S. Carouso and M. Goldstein (July 2016) Interactive, non-vocal social feedback guides song

learning in the zebra finch. Seminar talk at Animal Behavior Society, Columbia, Missouri.


Faust KM, Kim TH, Carouso SV, and Goldstein MH (Aug 2015) Organizational effects of

vasotocin on patterns of early social interaction in the zebra finch. Poster session at the International Conference on Development and Learning, and on Epigenetic Robotics, Providence, RI.


Faust KM, Kim TH, Carouso SV, and Goldstein MH (Oct 2015) The relationship between

patterns of early social interaction and song learning outcomes is modulated by vasotocin in zebra finches. Poster session at Birdsong 5 (SFN satellite conference), Chicago, IL.


Samantha V Carouso, Otilia Menyhart, Katerina M. Faust, Michael H. Goldstein (Oct 2015)

Changes in levels of parental responsiveness to song throughout sensorimotor period affects learning outcomes in juvenile zebra finches. Poster session at Birdsong5, Chicago, IL.


Samantha V Carouso, Nicole M. Baran, Tabitha H. Kim, Michael H. Goldstein, Elizabeth

Adkins-Regan (Aug 2015) Vasotocin organizationally alters social motivation and song learning in the zebra finch. Poster session at fifth International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, Brown University, Providence, RI.


Samantha V Carouso, Nicole M. Baran, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Michael H. Goldstein (Nov

2014) Developmental effects of vasotocin and V1aR on song learning and social behavior in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Poster session at Birdsong4: Rhythms and Clues from Neurons to Behavior, Washington, D.C.


Nicole M. Baran, Michelle L. Tomaszycki, Samantha V. Carouso, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan (Nov

2014) Vasotocin and V1aR exert organizational influences on courtship and pair maintenance behaviors in the zebra finch. Poster session at Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.


SV Carouso, NM Baran, E Adkins-Regan, MH Goldstein. (Aug 2014) Organizational effects of

vasotocin and V1aR on social affiliation and song learning. Contributed talk at Animal Behavior Society, Princeton, NJ.


Carouso SV, Menyhart O, Goldstein MH. (Nov 2013) Development of juvenile female

responsiveness to adult song in zebra finch. Poster session at Mechanisms of Communication conference, San Diego, California.


Carouso SV, Menyhart O, Goldstein MH. (July 2013) Development of juvenile female

responsiveness to adult song in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Poster session at Animal Behavior Society, Boulder, Colorado.


Graham B, Carouso S & Cox D (Nov 2011) High resolution stereotaxy using structured light

imaging. Poster session at Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

 

Affiliations

International Society for Developmental Psychobiology

Animal Behavior Society

National Center for Science Education

Association for Psychological Science

New York Academy of Science

Association for Women in Science

Teaching Experience

Designed and taught new Cornell Writing in the Majors Seminar, PSYCH 2091: Comparative Developmental Psychology, Spring 2018

Lecturer in PSYCH Freshman Writing Seminar 1130: Parental Care: Animal Survival and Social Learning, Cornell University Psychology Department, Fall 2017

Teaching Assistant for Cornell University course PSYCH 2090: Developmental Psychology, Spring 2017

Designed and taught Cornell University seminar course PSYCH 1103: Comparative Cognition, Fall 2016

Guest Lecturer in BIONB 4200: Evolution of Acoustic Communication, Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Fall 2016

Guest Lecturer in BIONB 4260: Animal Communication, Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, 2015-2016

Undergraduate Biology Mentor, Williams College, 2008-2010

 
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