University of St Andrews

Dr Sue Healy

Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

I have several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in adaptation and cognition.  I investigate cognitive ablities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds and I am especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild' and test cognitive abilities of animals (nearly always birds) in as natural conditions as possible. I currently have two major projects: 1) cognitive abilities of rufous hummingbirds (in collaboration with Andy Hurly, U. of Lethbridge, Canada) and 2) the cognitive basis of nest building in birds (in collaboration with Simone Meddle, U. of Edinburgh, UK).  I am also interested in explanations for variation in brain size (in collaboration with Candy Rowe, U. of Newcastle, UK).



Guillette, LM, Scott, ACY & Healy, SD 2016, 'Social learning in nest-building birds: a role for familiarity' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 283, no. 1827, 20152685., 10.1098/rspb.2015.2685
Morgan, KV, Morton, A, Whitehead, RD, Perrett, DI, Hurly, TA & Healy, SD 2016, 'Assessment of health in human faces is context-dependent' Behavioural Processes, vol 125, pp. 89-95., 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.02.006
Pritchard, DJ, Hurly, TA, Tello-Ramos, MC & Healy, SD 2016, 'Why study cognition in the wild (and how to test it)?' Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, vol 105, no. 1, pp. 41-55., 10.1002/jeab.195
Pritchard, DJ, Scott, RD, Healy, SD & Hurly, AT 2016, 'Wild rufous hummingbirds use local landmarks to return to rewarded locations' Behavioural Processes, vol 122, pp. 59-66., 10.1016/j.beproc.2015.11.004
Breen, A, Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2016, 'What can nest-building birds teach us?' Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, vol 11 , pp. 83-102., 10.3819/ccbr.2016.110005
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