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Megan Hoffman, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Psychological Science
Phone: 678-717-2264

Office: Strickland 218, Gainesville


Dr. Hoffman received her doctorate in comparative psychology from Georgia State University. Her research explores learning and cognition across species. This work includes basic questions about learning and memory as well as applied research aimed at enriching the lives of animals in conservation and education programs. 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Special Topics: Comparative Psychology


  • Ph.D., Comparative Psychology, Georgia State University, 2012
  • MA, Psychology, Georgia State University, 2009
  • BA, Psychology, Florida International University, 2004

Research/Special Interests

  • Animal learning & cognition (symbol learning, memory processes and self-awareness)
  • Applied comparative psychology – psychological enrichment in conservation and education programs
  • Human-animal interactions (how human-animal relationships influence human cognition and behavior)


Hoffman, M.L. & Schwartz, B.L. (2014). Metacognition does not imply self-reflection, but it does imply function: A commentary on Kornell’s “Where is the “meta” in animal metacognition?” Journal of Comparative Psychology, 128(2), 150.

Washburn, D. A., Beran, M. J., Evans, T. A., Hoffman, M. L., & Flemming, T. M. (2013). Technological innovations in comparative psychology: From the Problem Box to the ‘Rumbaughx’. In L. Labate (Ed). Handbook of Technology in Psychology and Psychiatry. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hoffman, M. & Washburn, D. A. (2012). Memory for what, where and when information in animals. In N. M. Seel & D. Quinones (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Science of Learning, Springer.

Hoffman, M.L., Beran, M.J., & Washburn, D.A. (2009). Memory for “what”, “where”, and “when” information in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 143- 152.

 Hoffman, M.L. & Beran. M.J. (2007). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) remember the location of a hidden food item after altering their orientation to a spatial array. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 120, 389-393.

 Schwartz, B.L., Hoffman, M.L., & Evans, S. (2005). Episodic-like memory in a gorilla: A review and new findings. Learning and Motivation: Special Issue: Cognitive Time Travel in People and Animals, 36, 226-244.

 Schwartz, B.L., Meissner, C.M., Hoffman, M.L., Evans, S., & Frazier, L.D. (2004). Event memory and misinformation effects in a gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Animal Cognition, 7, 93-100.

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