Cognitive & Behavioural Sciences group

The Cognitive and Behavioural Science (C&BS) research group encompasses researchers investigating the proximate causes and the ultimate consequences of behavioural variation in humans and non-human animals. Researchers in the group use comparative, evolutionary, and cognitive neuroscience approaches to examine cognitive and behavioural processes – including perception, attention, memory, language processing, and decision making – and the consequences of individual behavioural differences for ecological interactions. The approaches of C&BS group researchers are diverse, and include experimental psychological techniques, psychophysics, eye movement recording, neuropsychology, virtual reality, computational modelling and electrophysiology, as well as studies of the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of animals in the laboratory and in the field.

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of research carried out by members of the C&BS group, a continuing and overarching goal is the integration of psychological and biological research objectives and techniques, through collaborations both within and outside of the University of Leicester.

Specialist research interests within this group include:

Judgment and Decision Making

Research in the multi-disciplinary Leicester Judgment and Decision Making research group includes formal models, laboratory and field experiments, agent-based simulations of judgment and decision making in artificial and everyday situations, including in the workplace, and the impact of individual differences and social contexts on these processes.

Memory and Spatial Cognition

The memory and spatial cognition research group builds on current expertise and potential for collaboration in research into neuropsychological and electrophysiological aspects of spatial learning, memory and attention, including comparative and developmental approaches.

Animal behaviour and evolutionary ecology

Research into behavioural variation in non-human animals, the neurophysiological mechanisms that generate behavioural differences between individuals, and their consequences for ecological interactions – for example, with competitors, mates, parasites and predators – in pristine and degraded ecosystems.


Dr John Apergis-Schoute Dr Tom Matheson
Dr Doug Barrett Dr Will Norton
Dr Gerald Burgess Dr Swidi Ott
Prof Andrew Colman Dr Emma Palmer
Dr Phillip Duke Dr Briony Pulford
Dr Carlo De Lillo Dr Jose Prados
Dr Caren Frosch Dr David Souto
Dr Robin Green Dr Volko Straub
Dr Lizzie Maratos Dr Gonzalo Urcelay

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