the comparative communication lab


The Comparative Communication Laboratory

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Fall 2014 members include: David Book, Sheri Browning, Brittany Coppinger, Elizabeth Hobson (NIMBioS postdoctoral researcher), Amiyaal Ilany (NIMBioS postdoctoral researcher), Rosalee Kaschel, Indrikis Krams (Fulbright Scholar from Latvia), Steven Kyle, & Todd Freeberg


Our research seeks to understand how social processes influence communication. We test the roles of social groups on vocal signaling in chickadees and titmice (Paridae), taking developmental, functional, and evolutionary perspectives.


Recent and ongoing projects in the lab include:

  • testing the roles of group size and complexity of social interactions on vocal signaling
  • tests of individuals' responses to predator behavior and facial / body orientation
  • determining the functions of variation in the 'chick-a-dee' call of chickadees and titmice
  • uncovering the relationships among social context, 'personality', and communication in chickadees and titmice


for more information:

Todd M. Freeberg - - - Email = - - - Phone = 865-974-3975

Department of Psychology, Austin Peay Building 301B, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996 U.S.A.