Past SROP Scholars
Categorization is one of the ways that humans make sense of the world. Putting things into groups gives structure and a sense of predictability to our lives. Cognition in this form causes actions and interactions with certain objects, sounds, people, and places to become meaningful. Our question is: is this ability unique to humans? To answer this question, we studied categorization in pigeons, using highly controlled sounds and a four-key forced-choice discrimination procedure.
This qualitative research study uses individual interviewing methods, on ethnic minority students (i.e., Asian-American, African-American, Native American, and Latina ((o)) who qualify for the Honors Program at an institution in Iowa. More specifically, the study is designed to extrapolate their perceptions towards their experience at an institution in the state of Iowa as high-achieving students.