David B. Miller

Title: Emeritus Professor
Degree: Ph.D., 1973, University of Miami
Webpages: Psychological Science Podcasts in iTunes

Animal Behavior Screencasts

Research Interests: Development of instinctive behavior; multimedia design
Research Synopsis: I’ve done both field and laboratory research on animal communication. Having discovered the mallard maternal alarm call on nest sites in the field, the laboratory work focused primarily on developmental mechanisms, both prenatal and neonatal, affecting the development of ducklings’ responsiveness to the alarm call. I’ve also done research on the effects of domestication on species-typical behavior. I studied a wide range of species, including mallards, wood ducks, bobwhite quail, red jungle fowl, domestic fowl, ring doves, pigeons, zebra finches, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and earthworms.   Since the demise of my laboratory in 1995, I’ve shifted focus to effective multimedia design in education.
Courses: I have taught General Psychology I (PSYC 1100) and Animal Behavior (PSYC 3201) for 37 years prior to retirement.
Recent publications: Miller, D B and Zhao A. 2017. Opening Up Higher Education with Screencasts. In: Jhangiani, R S and Biswas-Diener, R. (eds.) Open: e Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. Pp. 125–138. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbc.j. License: CC-BY 4.0
Representative Publications: Miller, D. B. (1994).   Social context affects the ontogeny of instinctive behaviour. Animal Behaviour, 48, 627-634.


Miller, D. B. (2007).   Nature’s call and experiential nonlinearities. European Journal of Developmental Science, 1, 165-171.


Miller, D. B. (1988).   The development of instinctive behavior: An epigenetic and ecological approach. In E. M. Blass (Ed.), Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology, Vol. 9: Developmental Psychobiology and Behavioral Ecology. New York: Plenum Press, 415-444.


Miller, D. B. (1979).   Long-term recognition of father’s song by female zebra finches. Nature, 280, 389-391.

Honors/Awards: 2014       UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (Behavioral & Life Sciences Division)


2012       Animal Behavior Society Distinguished Teaching Award

2011       Frank M. Costin Memorial Award for Excellence (National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology)

2007       Campus Technology Innovator Award in Podcasting

2007       University of Connecticut Outstanding Student Advisement and Advocacy Award

2006       University of Connecticut Student Government Educator of the Year

2005       University of Connecticut Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching at the Undergraduate Level

2002       Golden Key International Honour Society Honorary Member Award

1999       Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Sigma Phi Epsilon

1999       Chancellor’s Information Technology Award

1998       University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow

1993       Outstanding Educator Award, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

1989       National Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark Award “for outstanding contributions to Psi Chi and Psychology.”

1988       Professor of the Semester, University of Connecticut Mortar Board Honor society.

1977       Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

Representative Invited Lectures: Miller, D. B. (2016, January). Bullets Kill: Replacing Bullet Points in Presentation Software With Multimedia. 38th Annual Meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg Beach, FL.


Miller, D. B. (2015, January). How Screencast Videos Can Enhance Your Courses and Perhaps Save Your (Academic) Life. Invited workshop at the 37th Annual Meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg Beach, FL.


Miller, D. B. (2013, November). Communicating Developmental Psychobiology in the Classroom.   Invited presentation in H. Montgomery-Downs Sackler Symposium, “Communicating Developmental Psychobiology.”   International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA.


Miller, D. B. (2011, September). Engaging Students with Podcasting and Screencasting. Invited talk at the Northeast Regional Computing Program Conference. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.


Miller, D. B. (2012, April). Tales of Instinctive Behavior and Experiential Co-dependency.   Invited presentation for the Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, SUNY, New Paltz, NY.