About Gitanjali Gnanadesikan
I am an evolutionary biologist and comparative psychologist who is interested in social behavior and cognition. I work with Evan MacLean in the Arizona Canine Cognition Center studying the development and evolution of behavior and cognition in dogs and wolves.
Gnanadesikan, Gitanjali E., Elizabeth A. D. Hammock, Stacey R. Tecot, C. Sue Carter & Evan L. MacLean (2021). Specificity of Plasma Oxytocin Immunoassays: A Comparison of Commercial Assays and Sample Preparation Techniques Using Oxytocin Knockout and Wildtype Mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105368
Salomons, Hannah, Kyle Smith, Megan Callahan-Beckel, Margaret Callahan, Kerinne Levy, Brenda S. Kennedy, Emily Bray, Gitanjali E. Gnanadesikan, Daniel J. Horschler, Margaret Gruen, Jingzhi Tan, Philip White, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Evan MacLean & Brian Hare (2021). Cooperative communication with humans evolved to emerge early in dogs. Current Biology, 31(14), 3137-3144.e11. doi: 10.1101/2021.01.12.425620
Bray, Emily E., Gitanjali E. Gnanadesikan, Daniel J. Horschler, Kerinne M. Levy, Brenda S. Kennedy, Tom R. Famula \& Evan L. MacLean (2021). Early-emerging and highly-heritable sensitivity to human communication in dogs. Current Biology, 31(14), 3132-3136.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.055
Bray, Emily E., Margaret E. Gruen, Gitanjali E. Gnanadesikan, Daniel J. Horschler, Kerinne M. Levy, Brenda S. Kennedy, Brian A. Hare & Evan L. MacLean (2021). Dog Cognitive Development: A Longitudinal Study across the First 2 Years of Life. Animal Cognition, 24, 311-328. doi: 10.1007/s10071-020-01443-7.
ANTH 170C2 - Animal Minds (TA)
Areas of Study
Cognitive evolution, sociality, animal behavior. Genetics, epigenetics, endocrinology.
My research focuses on cognitive evolution and social behavior, especially in domesticated species. I am particularly interested in designing studies that link biological mechanisms--spanning genetics, epigenetics, and endocrinology--with individual differences in cognitive and behavioral phenotypes.