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Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

Gordon G. GallupGordon G. GallupPsychology

Professor Gordon G. Gallup joined the University at Albany in 1975 as professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. He served as chair from 1975 to 1984, and since that time has been a professor in biopsychology. His scholarly activity has made a significant impact on the discipline of psychology and continues to bring national and international recognition to the University.

Gallup has made a mark on psychology and related areas, and is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the study of the evolutionary basis of behavior. Over his career, he has written more than 220 scholarly articles, many of which have appeared in leading psychology journals.

Gallup pioneered the "mirror test" technique to determine whether primates possess self- awareness by recognizing their reflection in a mirror. He is also known for an extensive series of interdisciplinary studies on tonic immobility in chickens. Tonic immobility, a reaction of the autonomic nervous system to extreme threat, leads to freezing or paralysis, often the mechanism behind the inability to run or fight back. Gallup has extended this research to instances of extreme behavioral inhibition in humans, including victims of sexual or physical assault, catatonic schizophrenics, and airline disaster survivors. He has studied predator-prey relations, and has written extensively on the use of animals in psychological research. The main but not sole focus of his research involves the study of human reproductive competition from an evolutionary perspective.

Excellence in Research

Gordon G. Gallup Max Lifchitz Steven Messner Bonnie Steinbock
Gordon G. Gallup
Martin Hildebrand
Steven Messner
Bonnie Steinbock

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