Katarzyna pisanski

 

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THE GIST


Currently I am a Research Fellow in the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Group at the University of Sussex, UK, and researcher in the Institute of Psychology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. I received my PhD and BA from McMaster University and my MSc from the University of Lethbridge, Canada. My multidisciplinary research program focuses on acoustic communication in humans and other animals, with the goal of disentangling the various evolutionary, biological, social and cultural factors that affect voice production and perception, and human behaviour more generally.




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I began my research career studying mating in fruit flies and risky foraging behaviour in bumblebees as an undergraduate at McMaster University (Cognitive Ecology Lab) under the supervision of Reuven Dukas. I then received my MSc from the University of Lethbridge (Lab of Comparative Communication and Cognition) working with Drew Rendall, and my PhD from McMaster University (Voice Research Lab) working with David Feinberg. In 2014, nearing the end of my doctoral studies, I had the incredible opportunity to live and conduct research in Havana, Cuba. There I led a research team in the Department of Animal and Human Biology at the University of Havana (Research Group in Bioacoustics and Neuroethology), as well as the Cuban Neurosciences Centre.


After grad school I undertook a research fellowship and lectureship in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture). There I taught a course on ‘Voice’ and conducted research with Greg Bryant. Now, I am a Research Fellow in the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Group at the University of Sussex, UK, and a researcher in the Institute of Psychology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.


My current postdoc research is mostly focused on acoustic communication in humans and other animals. The ultimate goal of this research is to gain perspective on the various evolutionary, biological, social and cultural factors that affect voice production and perception. My research questions have taken me into multiple (yet overlapping) disciplines, including bioacoustics, animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, endocrinology, anthropology and experimental psychology.


My most recent research projects aim to shed new light on the social and evolutionary functions of voice modulation and vocal control in humans (PI, funded by European Commision), and to identify the hormonal and physiological mechanisms that contribute to changes in the voice when people are under stress or experience major life changes, such as marriage or having a first child (PI, funded by National Science Center). As an enthusiastic proponent of cross-cultural and comparative research, I am also involved with several international collaborations. Much of my cross-cultural research is aimed at uncovering the sociocultural factors affecting human behaviour and involves fieldwork in Tanzania, Cuba, Canada, Poland, Germany, Finland and the UK.


I have a genuine desire to contribute meaningfully to my community, academic and otherwise. I have acted as Chair of the Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Colloquium Series (2013- 2014), President of the McMaster Women in Science and Engineering Initiative (2012-2013), and MSc Representative of the UL Graduate Students’ Association (2009-2010). I’ve also co-organized several research conferences and frequently conduct academic workshops, seminars, and panels. If you care to know more check out my full CV or by all means, get in touch!





AFFILIATIONS

2016-                 University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (School of Psychology)

2015-                 University of Wrocław, Poland (Institute of Psychology)

2014-2015         University of California Los Angeles, USA (Center for Behavior, Evolution, & Culture)
                          University of Havana, Cuba (Dept. of Animal and Human Biology)

                          Cuban Neurosciences Center, Playa, Cuba

2011-2014         Women in Science and Engineering Initiative (WISE)

2013-2014         Let’s Talk Science

2010-2014         McMaster University (Dept. of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour)

2009-2010         University of Lethbridge (Dept. of Psychology; Grad Students’ Association)

2009-2010         Graduate Student’s Association (GSA), University of Lethbridge

      

Active Society Member:

Marie Curie Alumni Association

Association for Psychological Science

Human Behaviour and Evolution Society

The International Society for Human Ethology

Polish Society for Human & Evolution Studies



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