Ape in long grass

eXPLORING THE EVOLUTION OF ANIMAL MINDS

Our animal psychology research is helping us better understand human evolution 

The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists (developmental, cognitive, social and biological) and behavioural biologists.

Within the Centre, they're exploring the origins of mind and behaviour through the consideration of evolutionary processes and the comparison of humans with other animals.

View all Centre outputs, projects and funding on our research portal

 

Research

Our research relates to our Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology area of expertise, and covers the following topics:

Human Evolutionary Psychology

  • Including: facial attractiveness; flirting; disgust sensitivity; olfaction; human facial expression; hormones and behaviour; personality; emotion; cooperation; human development

Primate Social Cognition

  • Including: communication; facial expression; FACS; acoustics; friendship; comparative developmental psychology; theory of mind; emotion; laughter; cooperation; reputation formation; competition; social learning; personality and learning; joint attention

Human-animal interaction, Conservation and Welfare

  • Including: conservation and rehabilitation of orangutans and sun bears in Borneo, elephant conservation, companion and working equid welfare; indices of positive emotion; stereotypies and maladaptive behaviour, public engagement in science, enrichment, education programs in Indonesia, animal advocacy and animal rights; animal–assisted therapy

Domestication and Cognition

  • Including: influence of domestication on cognition; animal-human communication; theory of mind in dogs; horse social cognition and behaviour; facial expressions; secondary emotions; emotion expression and perception, cooperation; reputation formation; inequity aversion; multi-sensory perception; physiological indices of emotion; friendship

Our members

Image of Dr Leanne Proops

Dr Leanne Proops

  • Job Title Associate Head (Research)
  • Email Address leanne.proops@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
Image of Professor Bridget Waller

Professor Bridget Waller

  • Job Title Professor of Evolutionary Psychology
  • Email Address Bridget.Waller@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
user profile icon

Dr Lorenzo Stafford

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Lorenzo.Stafford@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
Image of Dr Marina Davila Ross

Dr Marina Davila Ross

  • Job Title Reader in Comparative Psychology
  • Email Address Marina.Davila-Ross@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
Image of Dr Juliane Kaminski

Dr Juliane Kaminski

  • Job Title Reader in Comparative Psychology
  • Email Address Juliane.Kaminski@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
Image of Dr Erik Gustafsson

Dr Erik Gustafsson

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Erik.Gustafsson@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
Image of Dr Sophie Milward

Dr Sophie Milward

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address sophie.milward@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
user profile icon

Dr Paul Morris

  • Job Title Principal Lecturer
  • Email Address Paul.Morris@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
Image of Dr Matt Parker

Dr Matt Parker

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address matthew.parker@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

View all Centre staff on Pure

This site uses cookies. Click here to view our cookie policy message.

Accept and close