Chelsea Haakenson is a graduate student in the NACS program and a member of the Avian Behavioral Neuroscience lab, directed by Dr. Gregory Ball and Dr. Robert Dooling. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology in 2012 from the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA, she worked as a lab technician in Dr. Daniel Meliza's lab researching the morphology of neurons involved in higher level auditory processing in songbirds. Her research interests are the neural mechanisms underlying the incentive salience vocal communication and how hormones, auditory experience, and the reward system modulate singing.

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  • BA
    Psychology, Biology minor, University of Virginia
Chelsea Haakenson Headshot
BPS 4123A
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
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