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Centre for Comparative & Evolutionary Psychology

Organisational unit: Research Centre

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The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists (developmental, cognitive, social and biological) and behavioural biologists who explore the origins of mind and behaviour through the consideration of evolutionary processes and the comparison of humans with other animals.

Research Areas

Human Evolutionary Psychology

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

Primate Social Cognition

Topics: 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

Topics: 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

Topics: 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; multisensory perception; physiological indices of emotion; friendship


The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology is a large and vibrant research group that provides a great environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Undergraduate students can gain experience of animal behaviour research through final year dissertations and research internships and we also offer our students summer fieldwork courses to study primates and sun bears in Borneo and Zambia. See our undergraduate course pages for more information.

We have an MRes programme allowing students to work in our research facilities and gain research training to prepare for doctoral study or a career in a related animal field. See our Mres Science course pages for more information.

As part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership, students can apply for fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre. This Doctoral programme provides expert training and opportunities to connect with like-minded students alongside conducting your own research. We also regularly advertise fully funded University bursaries, please check here for current opportunities.

Contact information

King Henry I Street
King Henry Building
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 6639

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