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Professor Michael Mendl

Professor Michael Mendl

Professor Michael Mendl
MA, PhD(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 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 function of ...

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I graduated in 1982 with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and then stayed on to study for a PhD on mother-offspring relationships and behavioural development supervised by Prof Pat Bateson FRS at the Cambridge Zoology Department's Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour. I completed my PhD in 1986 and was then awarded a Royal Society European Research Fellowship to continue work on behavioural development and individual differences in house mice at Groningen University in the Netherlands. I then returned to Cambridge University and took a postdoc position at the Vet School where I moved into the fields of ...

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