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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6 papers found

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    Acute tryptophan depletion alters affective touch perception

    Trotter PD, Smith SA, Moore DJ, O'Sullivan N, McFarquhar MM and McGlone FP and Walker SC

    Publish date:12/05/2022

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    A Time to Heal: MicroRNA and Circadian Dynamics in Cutaneous Wound Repair

    Fawcett SA, Al Kassas R, Dykes IM, Hughes AT and Ghali F and Ross K

    Publish date:21/04/2022

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    Behavioural responses to spatial variation in perceived predation risk and resource availability in an arboreal primate

    Parker E and Hill R and Koyama NF

    Publish date:08/02/2022

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    The associations of use of social network sites with perceived social support and loneliness

    Machado VC, McIlroy D, Adamuz FMP and Murphy RC and Palmer-Conn S

    Publish date:27/01/2022

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    The James’ Place model: Application of a novel clinical, community-based intervention for the prevention of suicide among men

    Hanlon C, Chopra J, Boland JE, McIlroy D and Poole H and Saini P

    Publish date:21/01/2022

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    Pasture access and eye temperature in dairy cows

    Crump A, Jenkins K, Bethell EJ and Ferris CP and Arnott G

    Publish date:01/01/2022

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