I am interested in applying cognitive measures from human psychological research to assess emotion and welfare states in animals, especially non-human primates. My MSc project investigated behavioural laterality (eye preferences) as a potential welfare measure in capuchin monkeys. My Doctorate explored attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees. I am currently comparing emotional attention between humans and chimpanzees using touchscreen cognitive tasks.
After graduating from the University of Hull (UK) with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, I worked as a Research Assistant in Psychology at Flinders University (Australia) and an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in Japan. I then returned to the UK to study for an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh, where I developed an interest in non-human primate welfare. I recently completed my Doctorate in Comparative Cognition at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute, where I studied attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up (2,200,000 JPY). ‘Comparing emotional attention in humans and chimpanzees: Is the touchscreen dot probe task an effective tool?’
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M. (2018). Exploring attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees using the dot probe task. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0207378. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207378
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M. (2018). Visual discrimination of primate species based on faces in chimpanzees. Primates. 59, 3, 243-251. doi: 10.1007/s10329-018-0649-8
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M., Vick, S-J. (2016). Eye preferences in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Primates, 57, 3, 433-440. doi: 10.1007/s10329-016-0537-z
Tlauka, M., Donaldson, P., Wilson, D. (2008). Forgetting in spatial memories acquired in a virtual environment. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 1, 69-84. doi: 10.1002/acp.1341
Wilson, P. N., Wilson, D. A., Griffiths, L., Fox, S. (2007). First-perspective spatial alignment effects from real-world exploration. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1432-1444. doi: 10.3758/BF03193613