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Professor Michael Mendl

Professor Michael Mendl

Professor Michael Mendl
M.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), BA (Hons)

Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Area of research

Animal Welfare, Emotion and Cognition

Division of Animal Health and,
Husbandry, Langford House BS40 5DU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 9485

Research summary

My research

My research interests are in the area of animal behaviour and welfare.

I am interested in the links between affective and cognitive processes, in particular the ways in which attention, memory and decision-making both influence and are influenced by affective state. One aim of our current research, in collaboration with psychologist Dr Liz Paul, is to investigate whether affect-induced modulation of decision-making, which leads to so-called 'cognitive bias' in humans, is also observed in animals, and hence can be used as a novel indicator of animal affect (emotion) and welfare.

I am also interested in the evolution and ...

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BVSc Veterinary Sciences
MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation

Mike obtained his PhD in animal behaviour at Cambridge University. He then took a Royal Society European Research Fellowship to continue his work on behavioural development at Groningen University in the Netherlands, before returning to work at Cambridge University Vet School where he moved into the field of applied animal behaviour and welfare. He subsequently took up a position as a Behavioural Scientist at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, continuing his work on pig behaviour and welfare, and then moved to Bristol University Vet School where he is now ...

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Selected publications

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