Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Doris Bitler Davis

Doris Bitler Davis

Doris Bitler Davis

Associate Professor

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Animal behavior and cognition, especially communication, social hierarchy, and the effects of domestication; the teaching of psychology

Dr. Davis has a background in Experimental Psychology, with a specialization in animal learning and memory. She is affiliated with the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Psychology Department.

In 2003, the George Mason Alumni Society chose Dr. Davis as their Distinguished Professor of the Year. The Mason Staff Senate selected her for its first Supervisor of the Year Award in 2002. She was twice named Mid-Atlantic Region Advisor of the Year by Golden Key National Honour Society.

Current Research

Components of food signals in chickens

Developmental cognition in chickens

Recognition of human emotional cues in dogs

Social hierarchy effects on learning in chickens and goats

Pedagogy of psychology

Expanded Publication List

Davis, D. (September 21, 2013). The effect of multiple-choice exam question order on student performance in an Introductory Psychology class. Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology Conference. Sandy Hook, NJ.

Davis, D. & Battaglia, M. (September 12, 2012).  A comparison of debate versus discussion in large undergraduate psychology classes. Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference.Fairfax, VA.

Davis, D. (January 2012). The use of student-created crib cards in psychology classes. National Institutute on the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg, Florida.   

Davis, D. & Battaglia, M. (June 2012). Debate in the undergraduate classroom: A comparison of pedagogical strategies. Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference. Staunton, Virginia.

Bitler, D. (2010). Using modified role-playing debate to encourage critical thinking, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Fairfax, VA. 

Bitler, D. (2010). Debate in the classroom: Preliminary observations.  National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology.  St. Pete’s Beach, FL.

Bitler, D. (2010). A vision of the possible: Broadening our view of diversity to include disability. American Association of University Professors.  Washington, DC.

 

Courses Taught

Psyc304 Principles of Learning

Psyc405 Mystery, Madness, and Murder (synthesis)

Psyc406 Psychology of Communication

Psyc461/592 Animal Behavior

 

Education

B.A. Dickinson College 1982
M.A. Hollins University 1984
Ph.D. American University 1991 

Recent Presentations

Borrelli, C., & Davis, D. (2015). The paranormal beliefs of the non-religious. Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, D. (2015). The effects of quiz format on exam grades in an undergraduate course. Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Winsor, A., & Davis, D. (2015). Discovering word learning and fast-mapping abilities in domestic goats (Capra hircus). Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, D. (2013). The effect of multiple-choice exam question order on student performance in an introductory psychology class. Atlantic Coast Teaching Conference, Sandy Hook, NJ.

Davis, D., & Battaglia, M. (2012). A comparison of debate versus discussion in large, undergraduate psychology classes. Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, Fairfax, VA.