Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Thomas Preuss

Second Advisor

Peter Moller

Academic Program Adviser

Mark Hauber


The present study used subordinate and dominant African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni to test the hypothesis that social status will influence the perception of spatial cues during startle escape behavior. Our results show escape behavior that imply a focused spatial attention to potential threats in dominant fish.

Included in

Psychology Commons



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