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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13 papers found
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
The Macaque Stimulus Set
Witham C and Bethell E
Publish date:07/10/2019 00:00:00
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
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
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
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