Matthew J. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Social Sciences
Office: Barbelin Hall 112-E
Laboratory: Post Hall 300
Phone: 610-660-1801
Fax: 610-660-1819
Websites: Dr. Anderson's Webpage, Dr. Anderson's Books

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Dr. Anderson is an experimental psychologist specializing in animal behavior/comparative psychology. His research focuses on the behavior of avian species, with a particular interest in highly social birds such as flamingos and budgerigars.

Dr. Anderson and his students have studied the captive flock of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at the Philadelphia Zoo, and have also employed web cams trained on flocks around the globe in order to better understand the behavior of these highly social, iconic birds, and to perhaps gain some insight into the evolution and workings of general behavioral processes. His research on Caribbean flamingo resting behavior and efforts to answer the age-old question, "Why do flamingos stand on one leg?" have received substantial media coverage from around the globe. In addition to his work on flamingos, Dr. Anderson also maintains a colony of Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) in order to allow for on-campus behavioral studies of this ever-popular bird species. 

Some of his specific research interests include: animal learning & cognition, animal personality & curiosity, avian social behaviors (aggression, pair-bonding, etc.), laterality, resting behaviors, and behavioral correlates of avian health and wellbeing. He also has an interest in human-avian relations.


  • Ph.D. Kent State University
  • M.A. Kent State University
  • B.A. Susquehanna University


Select publications...

d'Antonio-Bertagnolli, A.J., & Anderson, M.J. (2018). Lateral asymmetry in the freely occurring behavior of budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) and its relation to cognitive performance. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 23, 344-363.

Anderson, M. J. (Ed.). (2017). Flamingos: Behavior, Biology, and Relationship with Humans. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-53610-236-9.

Buckley, D.P., Duggan, M.R., & Anderson, M.J. (2017). Budgie in the mirror: An exploratory analysis of social behaviors and mirror use in the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). Behavioural Processes, 135, 66-70.

Duggan, M.R., Lee-Soety, J.Y., & Anderson, M.J. (2017). Personality types in Budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus. Behavioural Processes, 138, 34-40.

Royer, E. A., & Anderson, M. J. (2014). Evidence of a dominance hierarchy in captive Caribbean flamingos and its relation to pair bonding and physiological measures of health. Behavioural Processes, 105, 60-70.

Anderson, M. J., & Ialeggio, D. M.  (2014). Behavioural laterality as a predictor of health in captive Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber): An exploratory analysis. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 19, 12-36. DOI:10.1080/1357650X.2012.753453.

Anderson, M.J. (2013). Pink Flamingos All Around. Mechanicsburg, PA: Speckled Egg Press. Paperback Edition: ISBN: 978-1-62006-314-9, Hardcover Edition: ISBN: 978-1-62006-547-1.

Bouchard, L. C., & Anderson, M. J.  (2011).  Caribbean flamingo resting behavior and the influence of weather variables.  Journal of Ornithology, 152, 307-312.

Anderson, M. J., & Williams, S. A.  (2010).  Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Zoo Biology, 29, 365-374. 

Anderson, M. J. (Ed).  (2006).  Tasks and Techniques: A Sampling of Methodologies for the Investigation of Animal Learning, Behavior, and Cognition.  Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., ISBN: 1-60021-126-7.

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