Julia Schroder received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitman College in 2009. While there she got to work with Dr. Herbranson's pigeon colony. There she assisted in research which supported the assumption many have formed in life; that under many conditions birds could make better choices than most humans. This resulted in the publication of "Are birds smarter than mathematicians? Pigeons (Columba livia) perform optimally on a version of the Monty Hall Dilemma". After graduating she worked at the Duke University center for cognitive neuroscience on projects examining the malleability of visual cognition under Dr. Steve Mitroff. For her graduate studies she left the east coast and returned to her native California and her original research on avian cognition. Currently Julia is a doctoral candidate in UCLA's psychology program studying learning and behavior.