Gouldian finches

Animal Cognition Research Group

Active in both the lab and in the field

Our research focuses on the interactions between animal (including human) cognition, ecology and social behaviour within an evolutionary framework.

We investigate both proximate and ultimate questions, in the lab and in the field, in order to understand the mechanisms, development, adaptive value and evolution of animal cognition.

Staff experimentally investigate personality and leadership in birds, cognitive bias in hamsters and rhesus macaques and the neural mechanisms of somatosensation, olfaction and emotional behaviour. We are active in the field and engage in international collaborative projects in Puerto Rico, South Africa, the U.S. and Australia studying rhesus macaques, baboons, samango monkeys and birds.

Case study highlight

Developing attention bias as a novel measure of welfare in captive macaques – Dr Emily Bethell
(Details to follow)

Current MPhil projects

  • To mix or not to mix? Evaluating breeding performance in mixed species bird enclosures within European zoos – Yvette Foulds
  • The effect of genotype on attention bias in rhesus macaques, Macaca mulatta, as a welfare indicator – Isabelle Szott
  • What is Neutral?: Studying attention bias in Rhesus Macaques, Macaca mulatta, towards three different facial expressions – Harriet Thatcher

Recent PhD projects

  • Social relationships and social skills of young chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in captivity – Samina H. Farooqi, 2013

Opportunities for MPhil/PhD

If you’re interested in an MPhil or a PhD please contact the relevant member of staff below to discuss possible supervision and research direction.

If you are interested in our MSc programme, see the course fact file: Primate Behaviour and Conservation (MSc).

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Publications

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8 papers found

  • Journal article

    Cognition in a changing world: Red-headed Gouldian finches enter spatially unfamiliar habitats more readily than do black-headed birds

    Mettke-Hofmann C, Eccles G and Greggor A and Bethell E

    Publish date:17/09/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Superior Identification of Component Odors in a Mixture Is Linked to Autistic Traits in Children and Adults

    Walker SC and Williams K and Moore DJ

    Publish date:01/06/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Assessing the role of a mammalian frugivorous species on seed germination potential depends on study design: A case study using wild samango monkeys.

    Stringer S, Hill RA, Swanepoel L, Dalrymple S and Linden B and Koyama N

    Publish date:30/05/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Microplastics disrupt hermit crab shell selection

    Crump A, Mullens C, Bethell E and Cunningham EM and Arnott G

    Publish date:29/04/2020 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, temperature, and age affect faecal thyroid hormone concentrations in free-ranging African elephants.

    Szott I, Pretorius Y and Ganswindt A and Koyama NF

    Publish date:04/04/2020 00:00:00

  • Chapters

    Chimpanzee raiding

    Nyssen P and Koyama N

    Publish date:15/03/2020 00:00:00

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