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William Palmer 
Neurobiology and Psychology
Undergraduate Student
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
316 Guthrie Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

William is currently a Neurobiology undergraduate student in the Honors Program at the University of Washington. He is majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology and minoring in Neural Engineering and Computation. Will joined the Sisneros Lab in August 2014 and graduated in August 2019. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Yale University.

William's research investigates the advertisement call of type I males as an honest signal. His research also examines the neural circuitry involved in phonotaxis behavior of female midshipman and it modulation by serotonin during social and reproductive behaviors.


Ghahramani ZN, Perelmuter JT, Varughese J, Kyaw P, Palmer WC, Sisneros JA, and PM Forlano. In Press. Activation of noradrenergic locus coeruleus and social behavior network nuclei varies with duration of male midshipman advertisement calls. Behavioural Brain Research.

Forlano PM, Licorish RR, Ghahramani ZN, Timothy M, Ferrari M, Palmer WC and JA Sisneros. 2017. Attention and motivated response to simulated male advertisment call activates female forebrain dopaminergic and social decision-making network nuclei in female midshipman fish. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:820-834.

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