Behaviour and Evolution Research Group
- How do learning, cultural inheritance, and biological inheritance interact to generate behaviour and cognitive capacities?
- What cognitive processes do humans and non-human animals use to solve problems?
- What role does cognition play in the evolution of care-giving and behavioural defences against infectious disease?
- How do humans and non-human animals communicate to achieve individual or group goals?
- How do biological factors, such as hormones and genes, relate to appearance, behaviour and perception?
- How do vocalisations, odours and faces influence social decision-making?
Animal Welfare and Conservation
- Can we assess whether animals are "happy" and how do we improve their welfare?
- Do an animal's experiences underlie welfare throughout his/her lifespan? Do individual experiences impact on the scientific outcomes of experiments with animals?
- The biodiversity crisis requires human coexistence with non-humans: we work to find solutions for good welfare and sustaining species in their natural world.
Applications and Impact
- Welfare and quality of scientific output
- Animal assisted interventions
- Hormonal and chemosensory influences on relationships
Members of the BERG have developed the following websites to improve animal welfare:
|Clare Andrews||Behaviour and ecology, behavioural and life history evolution, developmental plasticity, animal welfare, early-life adversity, environmental psychology.|
|Hannah Buchanan-Smith||Animal welfare, behaviour and ecology, comparative colour vision and human-animal interactions.|
|Christine Caldwell||Social learning and cultural evolution in humans and Non-human Primates.|
|Sharon Kessler||Evolution of cognition, health signalling, bioacoustics, kin recognition, agent-based modelling.|
|Anthony Lee||Human mate preference, face and person perception from an evolutionary perspective.|
|Phyllis Lee||Behavioural development, reproductive strategies, social and life history evolution, human-wildlife interactions, gender and conservation.|
|Gema Martin-Ordas||Cognitive mechanisms (e.g. memory, planning) underlying problem-solving in human and non-human animals.|
|Pawel Fedurek||Vocal communication in human and Non-human Primates.|
|Craig Roberts||Mammalian olfactory communication, MHC-correlated mate choice, human facial attractiveness.|
Yvonne Baur, Sabrina Brando, Deborah Bruce, Juliet Dunstone, Faize Eryaman, Kristine Gandia, Jade Hooper, Donna Kean, Sarah Kraemer, Gemma Macintosh, Francesca Singleton, Josephine Smit, Sarah Weir, Charlotte Wilks.
Honorary Research Fellows
Victoria Fishlock, Betsy Herrelko, Bethan Morgan, Liz Williamson
Example PhD projects
Stirling Psychology offers a vibrant and supportive environment for independent research fellows working on any aspect within our research groups, and we are always keen to welcome new members.
Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution
Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)