Department of Psychology
Dr Bridget Waller
- Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
- Role Title: Reader in Evolutionary Psychology
- Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
- Telephone: 023 9284 6639
- Email: Bridget.Waller@port.ac.uk
- Department: Department of Psychology
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
I am the Acting Director of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology. Currently, I am also a Visiting Scholar at the Cluster Languages of Emotion, Frei Universitat Berlin. I completed my PhD in 2005, working on the Chimpanzee Facial Action Coding Scheme project (with Kim Bard, Lisa Parr, Sarah-Jane Vick and Marcia Smith Pasqualini). Prior to working at the University of Portsmouth I was a Research Assistant in Cognitive Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, completed my Masters in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool and studied Zoology as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway University of London. I am a member of the Primate Society of Great Britain, The International Primatological Society and The International Society for Facial Expression.
The overarching focus of my work is the evolution of social communication. I am particularly interested in human and non-human primate facial expression and emotion, and how these signals contribute to sociality and social bonding. I am a certified FACS (Facial Action Coding System) coder and was part of the development team for ChimpFACS – a modification of FACS for use with chimpanzees (The Chimpanzee Facial Action Coding System: funded by the Leverhulme Trust, PI Kim Bard).
I teach on the undergraduate degree programmes for BSc Psychology, BSc Forensic Psychology and BSc Psychology with Criminology. I teach Biological Psychology (Unit Coordinator), Evolutionary Psychology (Unit Coordinator), Animal Behaviour and Personality and Individual Differences. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations on facial expression/emotion, social cognition, evolutionary psychology, primate behaviour and human-animal interaction.
Comparing emotional expression across species - GibbonFACS. A Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funded project within the Excellence initiative Languages of Emotion (Project leaders: Katja Liebal, Bridget Waller and Anne Burrows).
The evolution of facial movement in domestic dogs (with Juliane Kaminski, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).
Function of ‘smiling’ and ‘laughing’ in chimpanzee play.
Individual variation in human facial muscles (with Anne Burrows, Duquesne University).
"Measuring expressive movement in monkeys" R03 grant to Dr. Lisa Parr, Emory University, USA, with Bridget Waller, Co-Investigator, 2007-2009, from National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH- NIMH), US.
Lisa Parr (Yerkes National Primate Center, Emory University)
Alice Samson (Archeology, Universiteit Leiden)
Katja Liebal (Cluster Languages of Emotion, Frei Universitat Berlin)
Juliane Kaminski (Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology)