Prof Susan Healy


Harold Mitchell 208
tel. 01334 462065
fax. 01334 463042

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).



Breen, AJ, Bonneaud, CC, Healy, SD & Guillette, LM 2019, 'Social learning about construction behaviour via an artefact' Animal Cognition, vol. First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-019-01240-x
Tello-Ramos, MC, Hurly, TA & Healy, SD 2018, 'From a sequential pattern, temporal adjustments emerge in hummingbird traplining' Integrative Zoology, vol. In press. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12370
Healy, SD 2018, 'The face of animal cognition' Integrative Zoology, vol. In press. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12361
Pritchard, DJ, Hurly, TA & Healy, SD 2018, 'Wild hummingbirds require a consistent view of landmarks to pinpoint a goal location' Animal Behaviour, vol. 137, pp. 83-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.01.014
Pritchard, DJ & Healy, SD 2018, 'Taking an insect-inspired approach to avian navigation' Learning and Behavior, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 7-22. DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0314-5
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