Dr. Amanda M. Seed
Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. She is director of the ‘Living Links to Human Evolution’ research centre at Edinburgh Zoo, a member of SPRG, SoLACE and the Origins of Mind research groupings, and a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. In her free time, Amanda enjoys exploring the countryside on foot or on horseback in Northeast fife.
Emmie is jointly supervised by Amanda and Jamie, studying the evolution and development of episodic cognition in children and non-human primates. She is particularly interested in developing techniques that can be used to draw near-direct comparisons in memory function across taxa and across the lifespan. An aspiring science communicator, if you say anything funny about your research around her she will try and recruit you for Bright Club St Andrews. In her spare time she enjoys knitting whimsical hats and expanding her cooking repertoire.
Zeynep studies how temporal patterns influence causal understanding in great apes under the supervision of Amanda and in collaboration with Josep Call and Christoph Voelter. She is also interested in the future planning abilities of great apes. She previously did a masters on Developmental Psychology at Koç University, Istanbul where she studied the effects of maternal intrusiveness on children’s cognitive development. Having always been interested in evolutionary psychology she feels she is at the right place now. In her spare time, she likes walking around and listening to music.
Puja is under the supervision of Amanda Seed and Juan-Carlos Gomez and is studying joint attention in capuchin monkeys using a multi-sensory approach. Although joint attention is considered to be universal among humans, the extent to which it is shared by our other primate relatives is still in question. Her research focuses on whether the monkeys can follow and direct one another’s attention to objects, and whether they can share attention with one another over it.
Da Zhang is co-supervised by Amanda Seed and Juan-Carlos Gomez, interested in representation and reasoning about objects and agents. His is focusing on research into capuchin and squirrel monkeys’ ability to individuate objects and their ability to infer the location of an unobserved causal agent.
Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr. Christoph J. Völter
Christoph is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. He studies how animals solve novel problems, especially how they identify and represent causal relations in their physical and social environment. He is also interested in basic, domain-general cognitive abilities such as impulse control and working memory. He mainly works with human children and nonhumans primates (especially great apes and capuchin monkeys) but he is also conducting studies with other taxa such as otters. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing and travelling.
otter research: theotterproject.com
Dr. Eva Reindl
Eva is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, working with Dr Seed on examining the origins and development of executive functions in young children. Other research interests include children’s problem-solving and tool use, innovation, collaboration, social and asocial learning.
Eva Reindl <email@example.com>
Dr Verena Kersken
Joléne van der Mescht
Jolene studied the social mechanisms behind cooperation and Theory of Mind, as well as tool use and the comparative cognition between species in being able to solve complex tasks. In her spare time she enjoys fencing, outdoor sports and painting.
During her PhD, Carolina studied behavioural control, i.e. attentional flexibility, working memory and impulse control, in humans of different age groups and chimpanzees. She continued an advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy and client-centred therapy before opening her own psychological practice in Leipzig, Germany.
In her practice, as well as online, she offers psychotherapy, psychological counselling and stress management (in German, English and Spanish). In addition, she holds regular workshops on stress management and presentations on the evolutionary origins of stress reactions and psychological disorders.
Dylan & Owen
As the youngest members of the Seed Lab, Dylan and Owen spend their conducting in depth research into child development by experiencing it in real time. In their spare time, they enjoy participating in developmental studies.