Department of Psychology
Dr Marina Davila-Ross
- Qualifications: PhD
- Role Title: Senior Lecturer
- Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
- Telephone: 023 9284 6634
- Email: Marina.Davila-Ross@port.ac.uk
- Department: Department of Psychology
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
I study the evolution of communication, cognition and emotions, by comparing orangutans, chimpanzees, and children in their natural social settings. My special interests are laughter and play in apes and humans, acoustics, language and multimodal communication, social learning and mimicking, personality, emotions and empathy, phylogenetic reconstructions, and conservation. Opportunities for student research:
Ape Field Research:
Personality traits and foraging skills of orangutans at different stages in the rehabilitation process (curiosity, spatial cognition etc.). Study sites: Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (Borneo)
Multimodal communication, social play, and social learning in semi-wild chimpanzees of three colonies. Study site: Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Zambia
(Related Link: http://www.chimfunshi.org.za/pages/history.html)
Research on positive communication in children (schools in Portsmouth) or other primates (Owl & Monkey Haven)
Final year research project coordinator
Field course in Borneo on Primate Behaviour and Ecology
Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Key Ideas in Human and Animal Psychology
Individual Differences and Psychometrics.
Laughter and laugh faces in apes and humans
The evolution of language and multimodal communication
Mimicking, emotional contagion and the evolution of empathy
Acoustics and facial expressions
Competition and cooperation
Development and social learning
Social bonding and play
Phylogenetic reconstructions of primate behaviours
Interactions between apes, humans, and interactive robots
Davila Ross, M. (2012). Invited Speaker. Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 26-28.01.2012 (San Diego, USA).
Davila Ross, M. (2011). Invited Speaker. Laughter in apes of different ages, social groups, and species. ‘Mini-conference’ on enculturation, organized by Prof. Sally Boysen (The Ohio State University) and Prof. Kim Bard (University of Portsmouth). University of Portsmouth, 15.6.2011 (Portsmouth, UK).
Davila Ross, M. (2011). Just aping around? The role of laughter and laughing faces in social communication of great apes. Research Seminar at Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, 4.4.2011 (Hannover, Germany).
Davila Ross, M., Owren, M. J., and Zimmermann, E. (2010). Invited Speaker; Reconstructing the evolution of laughter in great apes and humans. International Symposium “Evolution of Emotional Communication: from Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man”. Wissenschaftszentrum der Universität Ulm, 29.4-1.5.2010 (Ulm, Germany).