Richard G. Coss

Richard Coss

Position Title
Professor of Psychology

Unit
Department of Psychology, College of Letters and Science

Room 105 Young Hall
Bio

Profile Introduction

Evolution of antipredator behavior, notably predator recognition; development of perceptual and cognitive systems; behavioral ecology; emphasis on small mammals, primates, ungulates, and humans.

Research Interests

Evolution of antipredator behavior, notably predator recognition; development of perceptual and cognitive systems; behavioral ecology; emphasis on small mammals, primates, ungulates, and humans.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior
  • Ecology

Specialties / Focus

  • Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Communication
  • Development

Courses

  • PSC 155 Environmental Awareness, Fall
  • PSC 127 Animal Cognition, Winter
  • PSC 180B Research in Psychobiology, Spring

Field Sites

  • Point Reyes National Sea Shore; Bodega Bay

Professional Societies

  • Animal Behavior Society; International Society of Ecological Psychology

Degrees

  • 1962 BS Industrial Design University of Southern California
  • 1966 MA Design University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1973 PhD Psychology University of Reading, England

Publications

Coss RG (1999). Effects of relaxed natural selection on the evolution of behavior. In S. A. Foster and J. A. Endler (Eds.), Geographic variation in behavior: Perspectives on evolutionary mechanisms. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 180-208...

Ramakrishnan U and RG Coss. (2000). Recognition of heterospecific alarm vocalizations by bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). Journal of Comparative Psychology. 114:3-12

Coss RG and U Ramakrishnan. (2000). Perceptual aspects of leopard recognition by wild bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). Behaviour. 137:315-335

Hanson MT and RG Coss. (2001). Age differences in the response of California ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi) to conspecific alarm calls. Ethology. 107:259-275

Coss RG, Marks S, and Ramakrishnan, U (2002). Early Environment shapes the development of gaze aversion by wild bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). Primates 43, 217-222.

Coss RG and Moore M (2002). Precocious knowledge of trees as antipredator refuge in preschool children: An examination of aesthetics, attributive judgments and relic sexual dinichism. Ecological Psychology 14, 181-222.

Coss RG and Charles EP (2004). The role of evolutionary hypotheses in psychological research: Instincts, affordances, and relic sex differences. Ecological Psychology 16, 199-236.

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