Dr Sarah Vick

Senior Lecturer

Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sarah Vick

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My primary research interest is the evolution of communication and cognition, focusing on the role of gaze, facial expression and gestural communication in primates. I am a certified Facial Action Coding System (FACS) coder, and was part of the teams that modified FACS for use with chimpanzees [http://www.chimpfacs.com/] and macaques [MaqFACS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2988871/].

More recently, my research also focuses on human-animal interactions and Animal Assisted Interventions, including Paws for Progress [https://pawsforprogress.co.uk/].

I was an academic supervisor to Betsy Herrelko on the chimpcam project, and collaborated with artist Rachael Mayeri and Arts Catalyst on Primate Cinema: Apes as family. I am a member of the Primate Society of Great Britain and the International Society for Anthrozoology.

I have previously served as a council member for the Primate Society of Great Britain (2004-2007) and British Science Association Psychology Section Committee (2007-2010).

Research Supervision: Anna Roberts (2005 - 2011) Gestural communication in wild chimpanzees. Betsy Herrelko (2008 - 2012) An assessment of the development of a cognitive research programme and introductions in zoo-housed chimpanzees see: http://chimpcam.com/ Adam Milligan (2008 - 2013) Emotional laterality in mammals. Becky Leonardi (2011 -2015, Co-supervisor) An animal assisted intervention for male young offenders Yvonne Bauer (2012 - PT) Emotion and wellbeing in captive gorillas Lesley Craig (2012 -2019 PT) Evaluating visitor learning in a zoo setting


Cinema for Primates
PI: Dr Sarah Vick
Funded by: The Arts Catalyst

Chimpcam: How do chimpanzees see their world?
PI: Dr Sarah Vick
Funded by: Burning Gold Productions

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