University of St Andrews
 
 

Dr Sue Healy
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Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TH
UK

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).

 

Publications

Griffith, SC, Crino, OL, Andrew, SC, Nomano, FY, Adkins-Regan, E, Alonso-Alvarez, C, Bailey, IE, Bittner, SS, Bolton, PE, Boner, W, Boogert, N, Boucaud, ICA, Briga, M, Buchanan, KL, Caspers, BA, Cichoń, M, Clayton, DF, Derégnaucourt, S, Forstmeier, W, Guillette, LM, Hartley, IR, Healy, SD, Hill, DL, Holveck, M-J, Hurley, LL, Ihle, M, Krause, ET, Mainwaring, MC, Marasco, V, Mariette, MM, Martin-Wintle, MS, McCowan, LSC, McMahon, M, Monaghan, P, Nager, RG, Naguib, M, Nord, A, Potvin, DA, Prior, NH, Riebel, K, Romero-Haro, AA, Royle, NJ, Rutkowska, J, Schuett, W, Swaddle, JP, Tobler, M, Trompf, L, Varian-Ramos, CW, Vignal, C, Villain, AS & Williams, TD 2017, 'Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities' Ethology, vol 123, no. 1, pp. 1-29. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12576
Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2016, 'The roles of vocal and visual interactions in social learning zebra finches: a video playback experiment' Behavioural Processes, vol In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.12.009
Brown, GR, Cullum, P, Martin , S & Healy, SD 2016, 'Sex differences in performance on a cognitive bias task in Norway rats' Behavioural Processes, vol 133, pp. 52-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.11.005, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2016.11.005
Federspiel, IG, Garland, A, Guez, D, Bugynar, T, Healy, SD, Güntürkün, O & Griffin, AS 2016, 'Adjusting foraging strategies: a comparison of rural and urban common mynas (Acridotheres tristis)' Animal Cognition, vol First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-1045-7
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. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.02.006
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