Gillian Brown – Principal investigator:

IMG_1022I am interested in all aspects of sex differences in behaviour, from how hormones during early life influence the developmental trajectory of female and male organisms, to how social and cultural factors influence sex differences in human cognition and behaviour, and how evolutionary theory can be used to understand sex differences.

Amy Hodgson (MSc(Res) student, 2017-18)

Michael Emmerson (University-funded PhD student, 2013-16):

Picture1My research interest is the effects of social stress during adolescence on the development of behaviour and neuroendocrine systems. I am investigating the effects of a range of adolescent social experiences on the long-term development of social behaviour, endocrine function and neural hormone receptor density in rodents and birds, co-supervised by Dr Karen Spencer.

Former group members

Charlotte Brand (PhD student, 2013-16)

Thesis: Sex differences in social learning: exploring the links with risk aversion and confidence. Lotty is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Dr Alex Mesoudi’s group at the University of Exeter.

Camille Duval (postdoc, 2013-14)

Camille was an independent research fellow at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), then worked at a centre for rural birds conservation (Villiers en Bois, France).

Sally Street (PhD student, 2010-14)

Thesis: Phylogenetic comparative investigations of sexual selection and cognitive evolution in primates. Sally took up a postdoc position at the University of Hull and is now a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University.

Kyle Kulbarsh (MPhil student, 2012-14)

Thesis: The organisational effects of adolescent gonadal hormones on behavioural development in rats. Kyle subsequently worked in the pharmaceutical industry and is now studying for a medical degree in the USA.

Catherine (Kate) Cross (Postdoc, 2011-13)

Kate was a postdoc on a John Templeton Foundation grant and is now a lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews.

Rachel Gluck (MPhil student, 2011-12)

Thesis: Sex differences in interpretation bias in human adolescents and young adults. Rachel is now a research coordinator at Emory University.

Debra Lynn (PhD student, 2007-11)

Thesis: Sex differences in anxiety during adolescence: evidence from rodents and human beings. Debra was a postdoctoral research in Psychology, Stirling University, and is now employed outside of academia.

De-Laine Cyrenne (PhD student, 2007-11)IMG_1333

Thesis: Developmental and sex differences in responses to novel objects: an exploration of animal models of sensation-seeking behaviour. De-Laine is now a member of faculty at California State University, Sacramento, USA.

Taught Masters project students

Derry Taylor (2016-17): Tool-Use learning and functional tool choice in Lister Hooded rats (Rattus norvegicus).

Phoebe Corser (2015-16): How to explain the gender difference in metal rotation: blocks, bodies, and stereotyped gender.

Christoph Thies (2015-16): Gender-biased social learning in a binary choice task.

Aron Wiegand (MRes, 2012-13): Sex differences in ultrasonic vocalisations in rodents.

Annegret Boerner (MRes, 2011-12): Differences in types of 50-kHz vocalisation for gender- and hormone-specific encounters in female Lister-hooded rats.

Felicity Brotherton (MSc, 2010-11) : Food transfer between captive capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).