Micheal Dent


Micheal Dent.

Micheal Dent


Micheal Dent


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research Interests

Behavioral and physiological measures of the perception of complex auditory stimuli in birds and mammals

Contact Information

B76 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-0266



  • PhD, University of Maryland

Current Research

My Comparative Bioacoustics Laboratory investigates acoustic communication in animals. We take a comparative approach, measuring hearing and vocalizations in a number of different animals, including birds and mice. We conduct psychoacoustic studies of hearing using operant conditioning techniques, we perform preference tests in naïve animals, and we record sonic and ultrasonic vocalizations from our subjects in various contexts. Current lines of investigation in the bird lab include sequential and simultaneous auditory stream segregation using simple and complex sounds, music perception, and human speech perception. Current lines of investigation in the mouse lab include simple measures of auditory processing such as time and intensity perception, the perception of ultrasonic vocalizations, the role of noise in masking of simple and complex signals, and the preference for certain vocalizations over others. As a whole, these studies are designed to describe a more complete and accurate picture of acoustic communication, a process vital for survival in these animals.

Selected Publications

  • Burke, K., Screven, L.A., and Dent, M.L. (2018). CBA/CaJ mouse ultrasonic vocalizations depend on prior social experience. PLoS One 13, e0197774.
  • M.L. Dent, A.N. Popper, and R.R. Fay (Eds.) (2018). Rodent Bioacoustics. Springer, NY.
  • Dent, M.L., Martin, A.K., Flaherty, M.M., and Neilans, E.G. (2016). Cues for auditory stream segregation of birdsong in budgerigars and zebra finches: Effects of location, timing, amplitude, and frequency. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139, 674-683.
  • Kobrina, A., and Dent, M.L. (2016). The effects of aging and sex on detection of ultrasonic vocalizations by adult CBA/CaJ mice (Mus musculus). Hearing Research 341, 119-129.
  • Neilans, E.G., Holfoth, D., Radziwon, K.E., Portfors, C.V., and Dent, M.L. (2014).   Discrimination of ultrasonic vocalizations by CBA/CaJ mice (Mus musculus) is related to spectrotemporal dissimilarity of vocalizations. PLoS One 9, e85405.
  • Radziwon, K.E., Welch, T.E., Cone, J.P., and Dent, M.L. (2011). Identification of auditory distance cues by zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) and budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 129, 3384-3392
  • Welch, T.E., and Dent, M.L. (2011). Lateralization of acoustic signals by dichotically listening budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 130, 2293-2301.
  • Dent, M.L., McClaine, E.M., Best, V., Ozmeral, E., Gallun, F.J., Narayan, R., Sen, K., and Shinn-Cunningham, B.G. (2009). Spatial unmasking of birdsong by zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) and budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Journal of Comparative Psychology 123, 357-367.