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Professor Mike Colombo

Head of Department

Mike Colombo

Email psyhod@psy.otago.ac.nz
Phone 64 3 479 7644

Professor Mike Colombo has 20 years of university teaching experience, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as 27 years of research experience. His current research interests are in neural mechanisms of visual processing, the neural mechanisms of learning and memory, and comparative animal cognition. He has authored over 50 journal articles and 1 book, and has received numerous awards for his teaching.

Mike received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Psychology from the University of Colorado. He received his PhD in 1989 from Rutgers University with a research emphasis on comparative animal cognition and neuroscience. Following his PhD, he was awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the neural mechanisms of visual processing in monkeys at Princeton University. He joined the University of Otago in 1992 and was appointed Head of Department of Psychology in January 2014.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Neural mechanisms of visual processing
  • Neural mechanisms of learning and memory
  • Comparative animal cognition

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Publications

Colombo, M., & Johnston, M. (2017). Entopallium. In J. Vonk & J. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of animal cognition and behavior. (pp. 1-6). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1219-1

Johnston, M., Anderson, C., & Colombo, M. (2017). Pigeon NCL and NFL neuronal activity represents neural correlates of the sample. Behavioral Neuroscience, 131(3), 213-219. doi: 10.1037/bne0000198

Güntürkün, O., Ströckens, F., Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2017). Apes, feathered apes, and pigeons: Differences and similarities. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 16, 35-40. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.03.003

Johnston, M., Anderson, C., & Colombo, M. (2016). Neural correlates of sample-coding and reward-coding in the delay activity of neurons in the entopallium and nidopallium caudolaterale of pigeons (Columba livia). Behavioural Brain Research, 317, 382-392. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.10.003

Kouwenhoven, M., & Colombo, M. (2016). The differential outcomes effect in pigeons (Columba livia): Is it truly anticipatory? PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0150510. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150510

Authored Book - Research

Rovee-Collier, C., Hayne, H., & Colombo, M. (2000). The Development of Implicit and Explicit Memory. Pennsylvania, USA: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 292p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Colombo, M., & Johnston, M. (2017). Entopallium. In J. Vonk & J. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of animal cognition and behavior. (pp. 1-6). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1219-1

Scarf, D., Terrace, H. S., & Colombo, M. (2011). Planning abilities of monkeys. In R. M. Williams (Ed.), Monkeys: Biology, behavior and disorders. (pp. 137-150). New York: Nova.

Colombo, M., & Hayne, H. (2010). Episodic memory: Comparative and developmental issues. In M. S. Blumberg, J. H. Freeman & S. R. Robinson (Eds.), Oxford handbook of developmental behavioral neuroscience. (pp. 617-636). Oxford University Press.

Colombo, M., Gulya, M., & Rovee-Collier, C. (2006). The ontogeny of serial-order representation. In C. M. Fletcher-Flinn & G. M. Haberman (Eds.), Cognition and language: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 191-206). Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

Colombo, M., Gulya, M., & Rovee-Collier, C. (2006). The development of serial-order behaviour: Knowledge of ordinal position. In J. R. Marrow (Ed.), Focus on child psychology research. (pp. 43-58). New York: Nova Science.

Lock, A. J., & Colombo, M. W. (1996). Comparative studies of cognitive abilities. In A. J. Lock & C. Peters (Eds.), Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution. (pp. 596-643). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Johnston, M., Anderson, C., & Colombo, M. (2017). Pigeon NCL and NFL neuronal activity represents neural correlates of the sample. Behavioral Neuroscience, 131(3), 213-219. doi: 10.1037/bne0000198

Johnston, M., Anderson, C., & Colombo, M. (2016). Neural correlates of sample-coding and reward-coding in the delay activity of neurons in the entopallium and nidopallium caudolaterale of pigeons (Columba livia). Behavioural Brain Research, 317, 382-392. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.10.003

Kouwenhoven, M., & Colombo, M. (2016). The differential outcomes effect in pigeons (Columba livia): Is it truly anticipatory? PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0150510. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150510

Scarf, D., Stuart, M., Johnston, M., & Colombo, M. (2016). Visual response properties of neurons in four areas of the avian pallium. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 202(3), 235-245. doi: 10.1007/s00359-016-1071-6

Scarf, D., Boy, K., Uber Reinert, A., Devine, J., Güntürkün, O., & Colombo, M. (2016). Orthographic processing in pigeons (Columba livia). PNAS, 113(40), 11272-11276. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1607870113

Staniland, J., Colombo, M., & Scarf, D. (2015). The Generation Effect or simply generating an effect? Journal of Comparative Psychology, 129(4), 329-333. doi: 10.1037/a0039450

Scarf, D., Millar, J., Pow, N., & Colombo, M. (2014). Inhibition, the final frontier: The impact of hippocampal lesions on behavioral inhibition and spatial processing in pigeons. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128(1), 42-47. doi: 10.1037/a0035487

Scarf, D., Terrace, H., Colombo, M., & Magnuson, J. S. (2014). Eye movements reveal planning in humans: A comparison with Scarf and Colombo's (2009) monkeys. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 40(2), 178-184. doi: 10.1037/xan0000008

Koenen, C., Millar, J., & Colombo, M. (2013). How bad do you want it? Reward modulation in the avian nidopallium caudolaterale. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127(4), 544-554. doi: 10.1037/a0033551

Scarf, D., Gross, J., Colombo, M., & Hayne, H. (2013). To have and to hold: Episodic memory in 3- and 4-year-old children. Developmental Psychobiology, 55(2), 125-132. doi: 10.1002/dev.21004

Scarf, D., Imuta, K., Colombo, M., & Hayne, H. (2012). Social evaluation or simple association? Simple associations may explain moral reasoning in infants. PLoS ONE, 7(8), e42698. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042698

Colombo, M., & Scarf, D. (2012). Neurophysiological studies of learning and memory in pigeons. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 7, 23-43. doi: 10.3819/ccbr.2012.7002

Scarf, D., Danly, E., Morgan, G., Colombo, M., & Terrace, H. S. (2011). Sequential planning in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Animal Cognition, 14(3), 317-324. doi: 10.1007/s10071-010-0365-2

Scarf, D., Miles, K., Sloan, A., Goulter, N., Hegan, M., Seid-Fatemi, A., … Colombo, M. (2011). Brain cells in the avian 'prefrontal cortex' code for features of slot-machine-like gambling. PLoS ONE, 6(1), e14589. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014589

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2011). Knowledge of the ordinal position of list items in pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(4), 483-487. doi: 10.1037/a0023695

Scarf, D., Hayne, H., & Colombo, M. (2011). Pigeons on par with primates in numerical competence. Science, 334(6063), 1664. doi: 10.1126/science.1213357

Browning, R., Overmier, J. B., & Colombo, M. (2010). Delay activity in avian prefrontal cortex — sample code or reward code? European Journal of Neuroscience, 33(4), 726-735. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07540.x

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2010). A positional coding mechanism in pigeons after learning multiple three-item lists. Animal Cognition, 13, 653-661. doi: 10.1007/s10071-010-0315-z

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2010). Representation of serial order in pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36(4), 423-429. doi: 10.1037/a0020926

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2010). The formation and execution of sequential plans in pigeons (Columba livia). Behavioural Processes, 83(2), 179-182. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2009.12.004

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2009). Eye movements during list execution reveal no planning in monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35(4), 587-592. doi: 10.1037/a0014020

Bingman, V. P., Gasser, B., & Colombo, M. (2008). Responses of pigeon (Columba livia) Wulst neurons during acquisition and reversal of a visual discrimination task. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(5), 1139-1147. doi: 10.1037/a0012586

Milmine, M., Watanabe, A., & Colombo, M. (2008). Neural correlates of directed forgetting in the avian prefrontal cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(1), 199-209. doi: 10.1037/0735-7044.122.1.199

Milmine, M., Rose, J., & Colombo, M. (2008). Sustained activation and executive control in the avian prefrontal cortex. Brain Research Bulletin, 76(3), 317-323. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2008.02.009

Scarf, D., & Colombo, M. (2008). Representation of serial order: A comparative analysis of humans, monkeys, and pigeons. Brain Research Bulletin, 76(3), 307-312. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2008.02.022

Richmond, J., Colombo, M., & Hayne, H. (2007). Interpreting visual preferences in the visual paired-comparison task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 33(5), 823-831.

Kalenscher, T., Windmann, S., Diekamp, B., Rose, J., Güntürkün, O., & Colombo, M. (2005). Single units in the pigeon brain integrate reward amount and time-to-reward in an impulsive choice task. Current Biology, 15, 594-602.

Reese, E., & Colombo, M. (2005). Memory research in the southernmost psychology department. Cognitive Processing, 6, 266-271.

Rose, J., & Colombo, M. (2005). Neural correlates of executive control in the avian brain. PLoS Biology, 3(6), 1139-1146.

Colombo, M. (2005). The value of a comparative perspective: Theoretical comment on Pearce et al. (2005). Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(5), 1411-1414.

Guyla, M., & Colombo, M. (2004). The ontogeny of serial-order behavior in humans (Homo sapiens): Representation of a list. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 118(1), 71-81.

Richmond, J., Sowerby, P., Colombo, M., & Hayne, H. (2004). The effect of familiarization time, retention interval, and context change on adults' performance in the visual paired-comparison task. Developmental Psychobiology, 44, 146-155.

Colombo, M. (2003). Avian and mammalian hippocampus: No degrees of freedom in evolution of function. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 26(5), 554-555.

Colombo, M., Cottle, A., & Frost, N. (2003). Degree of representation of the matching concept in pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 117(3), 246-256.

Richmond, J., & Colombo, M. (2002). Hippocampal lesions, contextual retrieval, and autoshaping in pigeons. Brain Research, 928, 60-68.

Colombo, M., Colombo, A., & Gross, C. G. (2002). Bartolomeo Panizza's observations on the optic nerve (1855). Brain Research Bulletin, 58(6), 529-539.

Colombo, M., & Frost, N. (2001). Representation of serial order in humans: A comparison to the findings with monkeys (Cebus apella). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 8(2), 262-269.

Colombo, M., Frost, N., & Steedman, W. (2001). Responses of ectostriatal neurons during delayed matching-to-sample behavior in pigeons (Columba livia). Brain Research, 917, 55-66.

Colombo, M., Broadbent, N. J., Taylor, C. S. R., & Frost, N. (2001). The role of the avian hippocampus in orientation in space and time. Brain Research, 919, 292-301.

Colombo, M., & Broadbent, N. (2000). Is the avian hippocampus a functional homologue of the mammalian hippocampus? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 24, 465-484.

Broadbent, N. J., & Colombo, M. (2000). Visual and spatial discrimination behavior following hippocampal lesions in pigeons. Psychobiology, 28(4), 463-475.

Broadbent, N., Gallagher, S. J., & Colombo, M. (1999). Hippocampal lesions and negative patterning in pigeons. Psychobiology, 27(1), 51-56.

Colombo, M., Fernandez, T., Nakamura, K., & Gross, C. G. (1998). Functional differentiation along the anterior-posterior axis of the hippocampus in monkeys. Journal of Neurophysiology, 80, 1002-1005.

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