I am a behavioral ecologist investigating how the social environment influences cognition. My research integrates across behavioral, physiological, and neuromolecular perspectives.
I'm interested in understanding how an individual's social environment and their own social phenotype (e.g. sex, dominance status) influences how they make decisions in non-social contexts. I have investigated this topic in rodent (M. ochrogaster, M. unguiculatus) and fish (G. affinis, A. burtoni) species that are well known for their dynamic social interactions. My work builds on the foundational literature detailing the the neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior in these species by investigating decision-making and incorporating broad eco-evolutionary frameworks.
Integrating cognitive ecology & social neuroscience
In this new review (intro chapter of her dissertation) "Decision-making in a social world," @KJeanWallace retraces the history of cognitive ecology & social neuroscience, and suggests ways for a better integration of these fields! @EcoEvoBevo @TexasScience https://t.co/PWQRHER5W6— Hofmann Lab (@HofmannLab) April 28, 2021
A literature analysis conducted in PubMed (pictured below) traced publications over time in each field and in the overlapping integrative areas
Did you know that the “pecking order" turns 100 this year? @jalapic, @ShizukaLab, @Eliz_Hobson, I, and many excellent contributing authors reflect on dominance hierarchy research over the last century and into the next in a @RSocPublishing theme issue. https://t.co/hfjKfeDabq— Eli Strauss (@_straussed) January 10, 2022
Congratulations to the postdoctoral winners of our poster competition, Alexis Ceasrine, Arjen Boender, and Kelly Wallace! The next generation of researchers is looking strong!#SBN2021 @BoenderAJ @aceasrine @KJeanWallace— SBN Tweets (@SBNTweets) July 2, 2021
New paper out by @KJeanWallace! Although we know a lot about the complex social lives of our main model system, Burton’s Mouthbrooder cichlid (Astatotilapia burtoni), sex differences in cognition (outside of social contexts) have not been studied much 1/4https://t.co/R7ZRdsgWYu— Hofmann Lab (@HofmannLab) March 16, 2021
Congrats to @KJeanWallace on defending her outstanding dissertation "Cognition in a Social World" to a huge crowd! We're sorry to see you leave, but are excited for your postdoc w/ @AubreyMKelly, supported by a @NSF PRFB award! All the best, Dr. Wallace! @EcoEvoBevo @texas_IB pic.twitter.com/RBWk5W9YfP— Hofmann Lab (@HofmannLab) December 17, 2020
When the challenges facing underrepresented minorities in academia are systemic, the solutions must also be systemic. I’m incredibly proud of the work that Julia York and I put into our new publication in Ecology and Evolution: https://t.co/tBpLgUK03t— Kelly Wallace (@KJeanWallace) September 28, 2020
Kelly Wallace (@KJeanWallace, https://t.co/y62w8AfZBz) is finishing her PhD @UTAustin, where she integrates ecological, behavioral, physiological, & neuromolecular perspectives to understand how social environments influence individual behavior & cognition. #BlackInAnimalBehavior pic.twitter.com/1wWlJn3Cwb— Animal Behavior Society (@AnimBehSociety) July 24, 2020
Congrats to all of the travel awardees for SBN 2020🥂! They are...— SBN Tweets (@SBNTweets) May 16, 2020
Graduate students - Abigal Barrett, Katherine Broekman, Krisitie Conde, Caroline David, Sagi Gillera, Jacqueline Quigley, and Kelly Wallace
Huge congrats to @KJeanWallace for being awarded an NSF PRFB! We’re honored and thrilled to have her join The Kelly Lab @EmoryUniversity to examine the development of cognitive styles in African spiny mice and Mongolian gerbils! https://t.co/by6faSnOJS— Dr. Aubrey Kelly (@AubreyMKelly) May 5, 2020
Congrats to @HofmannLab graduate student @KJeanWallace on winning the graduate student poster award at the 2019 Ecological Integration Symposium @TAMU, a well-deserved honor! @EcoEvoBevo @texas_IB https://t.co/tHnktNETVt https://t.co/GnL4diOV7y— Hofmann Lab (@HofmannLab) April 8, 2019
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