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Dale, Robert

Professor - Psychology
Psychology

rdale@butler.edu
317/940-9849

Jordan Hall - 298
MWRF 10-11AM; by appt.



Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Animal behavior; learning; history of psychology

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Dale, R. H. I. (2010). Birth statistics for African (Loxodonta africana) and Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants in human care: History and implications for elephant welfare. Zoo Biology, 29, 87-103.

Kowalski, N.L., Dale, R.H.I., & Mazur, L.H. (2010). A survey of the management and development of captive African elephant (Loxodonta africana) calves: birth to three months of age. Zoo Biology, 29, 104-119.

Shyan-Norwalt, M. R, Peterson, J., King, B.M., Staggs, T. E., & Dale, R. H. I. (2010). Initial findings on visual acuity thresholds in an African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Zoo Biology, 29, 30-35.
 
Dale, R. H. I. (2008). The spatial memory of African elephants (Loxodonta africana): Durability, interference, and response biases. In N.K. Innis (Ed.), Reflections on adaptive behavior: Essays in honor of J. E. R. Staddon. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. pp. 143-169.
 
Dale, R. H. I., & Yaniga, F. (2008). Dr. Maximilian Schmidt reviewed data on the growth rates of Asian elephants more than 120 years ago. Journal of the Elephant Managers Association, 19(3), 14-21. [Translation of an 1884 article from German to English]

Hutchinson, J. R., Schwerda, D., Famini, D. J., Dale, R.H.I., Fischer, M. S., & Kram, R. (2006). The locomotor kinematics of Asian and African elephants: changes with speed and size. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 209, 3812-3827.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Professor of psychology

Psychology courses: Introduction to psychology, learning, history of psychology, evolutionary psychology (seminar), biological bases of behavior, experimental psychology.

Other courses: Humanities Seminar (Citizenship), Change & Tradition (China & Islam), First Year Seminar (Benevolent Dictator)

 

Personal Hobbies
Soccer, golf, yoga, music


Education/Experience

Education/Degrees
Ph.D., 1979, Experimental Psychology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Professional Credentials

Research Associate, The Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

Scientific Advisor, The International Elephant Foundation.

2010-2012: Member, Board of Directors - The National Elephant Center.

Awards/Honors
Natural Sciences and Engineering Post-doctoral Fellowship(Canada). Position held 1979-1981 at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA; Rhodes Scholarship, 1971 (Bermuda)

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
Association for Psychological Science; Animal Behavior Society; Elephant Managers Association

Professional Experience

1996-2002, 2006-07, 2010-12: Chair, Psychology Department, Butler University;

1999-present: professor, Psychology Department, Butler University;

1989-1999, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Butler University;

1987-1989, Associate Professor, The University of Southeastern Louisiana, LA, USA;

1982-1987 Assistant Professor, The University of Southeastern Louisiana, LA, USA;

1981-1982, Visiting Assistant Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.