Hodos, William

William Hodos
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2123E Biology-Psychology Building
General Research Interests: 
  • Study of motivation in animals
  • Vision of birds and how visual information is processed in the avian central nervous system
  • Determination of the central visual pathways in the nervous systems of birds
  • Application of various behavioral psychophysical techniques to measure (in pigeons, quail, hawks, owls, starlings, and other birds) :
    • Visual acuity
    • Luminance differences
    • Spatial and temporal contrast sensitivity
  • Physiological optics of the eyes of various birds
  • Evolution of the brain 
  • Evolution of behavior, comparative neuroanatomy, and animal intelligence


PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1960

I became an emeritus professor in 2005 and closed my laboratory. I therefore am no longer actively involved in research nor am I accepting new graduate students. I do, however, remain active in the teaching programs of the Psychology Department and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program.