Department of Psychology
Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology aims to better understand human and animal behaviour and cognition through 1) comparison with other animals, and 2) through consideration of evolutionary processes. Our members are active research scientists, and we collaborate with international scientists and animal institutions, including zoos, international primate research centres, field stations and sanctuaries. We have recently opened a primate behaviour study centre in collaboration with Marwell Wildlife. We also offer our students summer field courses to study primates in Borneo and Zambia.
Human Evolutionary Psychology
Topics: Facial attractiveness; flirting; disgust sensitivity; olfaction; human facial expression; hormones and behaviour; personality; emotion; cooperation.
Primate Social Cognition - Macaques
Topics: Communication; facial expression; FACS; friendship; cognitive studies with touchscreen trained macaques (Marwell Zoo, Owl and Monkey Haven), fieldwork experiments and observational studies with wild crested macaques (Sulawesi, Indonesia).
Primate Social Cognition - Apes
Topics: Comparative developmental psychology; theory of mind; emotion; communication; laughter; facial expression; cooperation; reputation formation; competition; social learning; personality and learning; with links to research sites Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (Borneo) and other African sanctuaries.
Domestication and Cognition
Topics: Co-evolution of dog and human cognition; Dog-human communication; Theory of mind in dogs; dog facial expression; cat facial expression; secondary emotions in domestic animals; cooperation; reputation formation.
The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology is offering an unique opportunity for students to study for an MRes in the area of comparative cognition. This MRes programme will give you the opportunity to study the minds of animals in one of our research facilities. The aim of the MRes award is to provide a Masters level qualification in research training appropriate for individuals preparing for doctoral study or a career in research. To view our possible research topics please see the MRes Science course and click on the link to the suggested titles for Department of Psychology