Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Emily Bethell

Dr Emily Bethell

Telephone: 0151 231 2488

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Biography

My research focus is primate social cognition and behaviour: what monkeys and apes can tell us about human evolution, and the implications of similarities and differences in cognitive processes for understanding and improving psychological wellbeing of primates in captivity.

I am also interested in developing new methods to assess emotion across animal species.

Degrees

2009, Roehampton University, United Kingdom, PhD

Publications

Highlighted publications

Bethell E, Cassidy LC, Brockhausen RR, Pfefferle D. 2019. Toward a Standardised Test of Fearful Temperament in Primates: a Sensitive Alternative to the Human Intruder Task for Laboratory-Housed Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) Frontiers in Psychology, >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, MacLarnon A, Semple S. 2016. Emotion evaluation and response slowing in a non-human primate: New directions for cognitive bias measures of animal welfare Behavioral Sciences, 6 >DOI >Public Url

Prescott M, Bethell EJ, Kemp C. 2015. NC3Rs Macaque website >Link

Bethell EJ. 2015. A “How-To” Guide for Designing Judgment Bias Studies to Assess Captive Animal Welfare Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, S18 :18-42 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, MacLarnon A, Semple S. 2012. Cognitive bias in a non-human primate: Husbandry procedures influence cognitive indicators of psychological well-being in captive rhesus macaques Animal Welfare, 21 :185-195 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, Maclarnon A, Semple S. 2012. Evidence that emotion mediates social attention in rhesus macaques. PLoS One, 7 :e44387 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Journal article

Bethell E, Cassidy LC, Brockhausen RR, Pfefferle D. 2019. Toward a Standardised Test of Fearful Temperament in Primates: a Sensitive Alternative to the Human Intruder Task for Laboratory-Housed Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) Frontiers in Psychology, >Public Url

Bethell E. 2019. Heritability and maternal effects on social attention during an attention bias task in a non-human primate, Macaca mulatta EcoEvoRxic Preprints, >DOI

Cronin K, Bethell EJ, Jacobson S, Egelkamp C, Hopper L, Ross S. 2018. Evaluating Mood Changes in Response to Anthropogenic Noise with a Response-Slowing Task in Three Species of Zoo-housed Primates Animal Behavior & Cognition, 5 >Public Url

Crump A, Arnott G, Bethell EJ. 2018. Affect-Driven Attention Biases as Animal Welfare Indicators: Review and Methods Animals, 8 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Lyons MT, Brewer G, Bethell EJ. 2017. Sex-Specific Effect of Recalled Parenting on Affective and Cognitive Empathy in Adulthood Current Psychology, 36 >DOI >Public Url

Kemp C, Thatcher H, Farningham D, Witham C, MacLarnon A, Holmes A, Semple S, Bethell EJ. 2017. A protocol for training group-housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures using positive reinforcement Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 197 :90-100 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, MacLarnon A, Semple S. 2016. Emotion evaluation and response slowing in a non-human primate: New directions for cognitive bias measures of animal welfare Behavioral Sciences, 6 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Koyama NF. 2015. Happy hamsters? Enrichment induces positive judgement bias for mildly (but not truly) ambiguous cues to reward and punishment in Mesocricetus auratus Royal Society Open Science, 2 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Bethell EJ. 2015. A “How-To” Guide for Designing Judgment Bias Studies to Assess Captive Animal Welfare Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, S18 :18-42 >DOI >Public Url

Jonason PK, Lyons M, Bethell EJ. 2014. The making of Darth Vader: Parent–child care and the Dark Triad Personality and Individual Differences, 67 :30-34 >DOI >Link

Jonason PK, Lyons M, Bethell EJ, Ross R. 2013. Different routes to limited empathy in the sexes: Examining the links between the Dark Triad and empathy Personality and Individual Differences, 54 :572-576 >DOI

Richards A, Holmes A, Pell P, Bethell EJ. 2013. Adapting effects of emotional expression in anxiety: Evidence for an enhanced Late Positive Potential Social Neuroscience, 8 :650-664 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, MacLarnon A, Semple S. 2012. Cognitive bias in a non-human primate: Husbandry procedures influence cognitive indicators of psychological well-being in captive rhesus macaques Animal Welfare, 21 :185-195 >DOI >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Holmes A, Maclarnon A, Semple S. 2012. Evidence that emotion mediates social attention in rhesus macaques. PLoS One, 7 :e44387 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Bethell EJ, Vick S-J, Bard KA. 2007. Measurement of eye-gaze in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) American Journal of Primatology, 69 :562-575 >DOI >Link

Bethell EJ, Semple S, MacLarnon A, Holmes A. 2007. The effect of emotion state on responses to social stimuli by rhesus macaques Primate Eye, 92 :5-6

Bethell EJ, Waller BM. 2005. Altruism or cooperation in captive chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes? Folia Primatologica, 76 :242-244 >DOI >Link

Bethell EJ, Whiten A, Muhumuza G, Kakura J. 2000. Active plant food division and sharing by wild chimpanzees Primate Report, 56 :67-71

Editorial/letter to the editor

Bethell EJ, Dean L, Smith A, Bearder SK. 2018. Celebrating 50 years of the Primate Society of Great Britain Evolutionary Anthropology, 27 :74-77 >DOI >Public Url

Conference publication

Cronin KA, Bethell EJ, Jacobson SL, Ross SR. 2018. RESPONSE SPEED ON A SIMPLE TOUCHSCREEN TASK AS A WELFARE INDICATOR: A STUDY OF ZOO-HOUSED JAPANESE MACAQUES AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 40th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Primatologists 80 >Link

Curran R, Crump A, Engelhardt A, Bethell EJ. 2017. Developing Attention Bias Tasks as a Welfare Indicator for Sulawesi Crested Macaques Primate Eye, Primate Society of Great Britain 50th Anniversary 123 :40-40

Howarth E, Engelhardt A, Wilding C, Bethell EJ. 2017. Attention Bias: A New Tool for Welfare Assessment in Captive Rhesus Primate Eye, Primate Society of Great Britain 50th Anniversary 123 :46-46

Folashade O, Llorente M, Bethell EJ. 2016. The effect of cognitive enrichment on the welfare of sanctuary-housed chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Folia Primatologica, 5th Iberian Primatological Conference 87 :148-148

Bethell EJ. 2016. Comparative Cognition and Animal Welfare Science: attention bias methods for assessing animal psychological wellbeing INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 51 :575-575 >Link

Bethell EJ, Prescott M. 2016. The Macaque Website PrimateEye, Primate Society of Great Britain Spring Conference 199 :30-30

Arbuckle K, Nichols H, Wich S, Bethell EJ. 2015. LJMU R workshop 2015 R workshop

Mandalaywala TM, Bethell EJ, Parker KJ, Maestripieri D. 2015. Negativity bias in free-ranging infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico American Journal of Primatology, 36th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Primatologists 75 :43-43

Bethell E, Kemp C, Holmes A, MacLarnon A, Semple S. 2015. Quantitative Approaches to the Study of Emotions in Non-Human Primates: Lessons from Human Cognitive Neuroscience FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA, 86 :247-247 >Link

Kemp C, Bethell EJ, MacLarnon A, Holmes A, Semple S. 2015. Attention Bias: a novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group housed primates Primate Eye, PSGB Spring Meeting 2015 116 :18-18

Richards A, Holmes A, Pell P, Bethell EJ. 2013. Adapting effects of emotional expression in anxiety: evidence for an enhanced Late Positive Potential Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8

Cronin K, Bethell EJ, Jacobson S, Ross SR. Response Slowing on a simple touchscreen task as an indicator of primate welfare: a study of zoo-housed Japanese macaques American Society of Primatologists

Kemp C, Bethell EJ. Measuring psychological well-being in captive rhesus macaques: attention bias http://behaviour-2015.m.asnevents.com.au/schedule/session/6854/abstract/24936, Behaviour >Link

Kemp C, Bethell EJ. Attending to Affective State: Attention Bias as a Measure of Psychological Welfare in Rhesus Macaques International Society for Applied Ethology

Other

Bethell EJ. 2016. A “How-To” Guide for Designing Judgment Bias Studies to Assess Captive Animal Welfare (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 18(Supplement 1), (2015), S18-S42) Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 19 :99 >DOI

Poster

Bethell EJ, Prescott MJ. 2016. The Macaque website: a NC3Rs resource for those working with captive macaques Primate Society of Great Britain spring conference

Bethell EJ. 2015. Attention bias: a novel method to assess ‘psychological wellbeing’ in group-housed macaques NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting

Chapters

Bethell EJ. 2016. Color Red Shackelford TK, Weekes-Shackelfrod VA. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science :1-3 978-3-319-16999-6 >DOI

Internet publication

Prescott M, Bethell EJ, Kemp C. 2015. NC3Rs Macaque website >Link

Book

Bethell E, Milsom C. 2014. Posters and Presentations :1-144 Palgrave Macmillan. London 9781137357083

Williams K, Bethell EJ, Lawton J, Parfitt-Brown C, Richardson M, Rowe V. 2011. Completing your PhD Palgrave MacMillan. London 978-0230292819

Williams K, Bethell E, Lawton J, Parfitt C, Richardson M, Rowe V. 2010. Planning Your PhD Palgrave MacMillan 9780230251939

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Professional activities

Award:

Best Student Presentation, Primate Society of Great Britain

Honourable mention in student competition for best talk, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Best Teaching Team, LJMU Student Union

Best Student Presentation, Primate Society of Great Britain

Honourable mention in student competition for best talk, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Best Teaching Team, LJMU Student Union

Best Student Presentation, Primate Society of Great Britain

Honourable mention in student competition for best talk, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Best Teaching Team, LJMU Student Union

Best Student Presentation, Primate Society of Great Britain

Honourable mention in student competition for best talk, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Best Teaching Team, LJMU Student Union

Fellowships:

LJMU ECR Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University

LJMU ECR Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University

LJMU ECR Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University

LJMU ECR Fellowship, Liverpool John Moores University

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Primate Society of Great Britain

Member, Universities Federation of Animal Welfare

Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Member, Association for Psychological Science

Member, Primate Society of Great Britain

Member, Universities Federation of Animal Welfare

Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Member, Association for Psychological Science

Member, Primate Society of Great Britain

Member, Universities Federation of Animal Welfare

Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Member, Association for Psychological Science

Member, Primate Society of Great Britain

Member, Universities Federation of Animal Welfare

Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Member, Association for Psychological Science

Other invited event:

Birkbeck College Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, London, Invited paper

University College London Anthropology seminar series, UCL, London, Invited paper presented

NC3Rs Primate Welfare meeting, London, UK, Invited paper presented

University of Stirling Psychology Seminar Series, University of Stirling, Invited seminar speaker - psychology Department, Stirling

Birkbeck College Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, London, Invited paper

University College London Anthropology seminar series, UCL, London, Invited paper presented

NC3Rs Primate Welfare meeting, London, UK, Invited paper presented

University of Stirling Psychology Seminar Series, University of Stirling, Invited seminar speaker - psychology Department, Stirling

Birkbeck College Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, London, Invited paper

University College London Anthropology seminar series, UCL, London, Invited paper presented

NC3Rs Primate Welfare meeting, London, UK, Invited paper presented

University of Stirling Psychology Seminar Series, University of Stirling, Invited seminar speaker - psychology Department, Stirling

Birkbeck College Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, London, Invited paper

University College London Anthropology seminar series, UCL, London, Invited paper presented

NC3Rs Primate Welfare meeting, London, UK, Invited paper presented

University of Stirling Psychology Seminar Series, University of Stirling, Invited seminar speaker - psychology Department, Stirling

Research Grants Awarded:

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year

NC3Rs Pilot Grant Proposal Scheme, Attention Bias: A novel method to assess psychological wellbeing in group-housed non-human primates, Dr Stuart Semple, Dr Amanda Holmes, Professor Ann MacLarnon, Grant value (£): 75000, Duration of research project: 1 year