Dr Bess Price
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6253
- Address: Centre for Behaviour and Evolution
Institute of Neuroscience
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH
BackgroundI received my PhD in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews, where I explored the cultural learning mechanisms underlying tool use and problem-solving in chimpanzees, children, and ravens. Upon completion, I undertook a National Science Foundation funded post-doctoral position at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with The George Washington University Ape Mind Initiative. There, I continued to explore my interest in cultural transmission and tool use, working with orangutans, gorillas, and children. As a lecturer at Newcastle University, I aim to follow-up on these themes, while also delving more deeply into developmental psychology.
I use a combination of methods to address questions about social learning, cumulative culture, and tool use in humans and other animals. From a comparative perspective, I am interested in why and when animals seek information from each other, and how this affects transmission and subsequent retention of information. I also test so-called "insightful" behaviour, or whether animals can solve sophisticated problems efficiently on an individual level. From a developmental perspective, my research addresses how children learn about tools, and how these learning processes change throughout ontogeny. I aim to extend this line of research to include comparisons between normally developing children and those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, with particular regard to social learning mechanisms.
As a research associate at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, and a visiting researcher at other zoos and centres, I also enjoy participating in public engagement activities.
TeachingI am the module leader for PSY2001: Developmental Psychology and I also supervise undergraduate projects on the PSY3097 module.
- Price EE, Whiten A. Social learning in primates. In: Wasserman, E.A., Zentall, T.R, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.862-880.
- Stoinski TS, Drayton LA, Price EE. Evidence of social learning in black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata). Biology Letters 2011, 7(3), 376-379.
- Price EE, Caldwell CA, Whiten A. Comparative cultural cognition. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 2010, 1(1), 23-31.
- Price EE, Lambeth SP, Schapiro SJ, Whiten A. A potent effect of observational learning on chimpanzee tool construction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2009, 276(1671), 3377-3383.
- Price EE, Caldwell CA. Artificially generated cultural variation between two groups of captive monkeys, Colobus guereza kikuyuensis. Behavioural Processes 2007, 74(1), 13-20.
- Price EE, Stoinski TS. Group size: Determinants in the wild and implications for the captive housing of wild mammals in zoos. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 2007, 103(3-4), 255-264.
- Tripp NH, Tarn J, Natasari A, Gillespie C, Mitchell S, Hackett KL, Bowman SJ, Price E, Pease CT, Emery P, Lanyon P, Hunter J, Gupta M, Bombardieri M, Sutcliffe N, Pitzalis C, McLaren J, Cooper A, Regan M, Giles I, Isenberg DA, Saravanan V, Coady D, Dasgupta B, McHugh N, Young-Min S, Moots R, Gendi N, Akil M, Griffiths B, Lendrem DW, Ng W-F. Fatigue in primary Sjögren's syndrome is associated with lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines. RMD Open 2016, 2(2).
- Subiaul F, Krajkowski E, Price EE, Etz J. Imitation by combination: preschool age children evidence summative imitation in a novel problem-solving task. Frontiers in Psychology 2015, 6, 1410.
- Vale G, Flynn E, Pender L, Price EE, Whiten A, Lambeth P, Schapiro S, Kendal R. Robust retention and transfer of tool construction in chimpanzees. Journal of Comparative Psychology 2015, 130(1), 24-35.
- Renner E, Price EE, Subiaul F. Sequential recall of meaningful and arbitrary sequences by orangutans and human children: Does content matter?. Animal Cognition 2015.