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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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13 papers found

  • Journal article

    Pasture Access Affects Behavioral Indicators of Wellbeing in Dairy Cows

    Crump A and Bethell E and Arnott G

    Publish date:01/11/2019 00:00:00

  • Internet publication

    The Macaque Stimulus Set

    Witham C and Bethell E

    Publish date:07/10/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Positive and Negative Interactions with Humans Concurrently Affect Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) Ranging Behavior

    Thatcher HR and Downs CT and Koyama NF

    Publish date:01/10/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Positive and Negative Affect Mediate the Influences of a Maladaptive Emotion Regulation Strategy on Sleep Quality

    Latif I and Hughes ATL and Bendall RCA

    Publish date:30/08/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Dynamic touch reduces physiological arousal in preterm infants: A role for c-tactile afferents?

    Manzotti A, Cerritelli F, Esteves JE, Lista G, Lombardi E, La Rocca S, Gallace A and McGlone FP and Walker SC

    Publish date:21/08/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Positive and negative interactions with humans concurrently affect vervet monkey, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, ranging behavior

    Thatcher H and Downs C and Koyama N

    Publish date:09/08/2019 00:00:00

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