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.

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 ?visit our MRes Science course pages and take a look at the suggested titles for Department of Psychology.

Research Areas

Human Evolutionary Psychology

Human Evolutionary Psychology

Topics: Facial attractiveness; flirting; disgust sensitivity; olfaction; human facial expression; hormones and behaviour; personality; emotion; cooperation.

People: Ed Morrison, Diana Fleischman, Lorenzo Stafford, Bridget Waller, Paul Morris, Roger Moore

Primate Social Cognition - Macaques

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).

People: Jerome Micheletta, Bridget Waller

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Primate Social Cognition - Apes

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.

People: Kim Bard, Marina Davila-Ross, Juliane Kaminski, Bridget Waller

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Domestication and Cognition

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.

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People: Juliane Kaminski, Paul Morris, Bridget Waller, Marina Davila-Ross

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 

Comparative and evolutionary psychology members

PhD Students/Research Assistants