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.

twitter: @AmandaMSeed

PhD Students

Puja Singh

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

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.

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Elisa Felsche



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Eleanor Jordan

Post-Doctoral Research Associates

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.


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twitter: @Miss_Daffodil

Zeynep Civelek


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.



jaa7_Dr James Ainge

twitter: @JamieAinge


call_gorillaProfessor Josep Call




christoph_voelterDr. Christoph J. Völter


twitter: @cvoelter

otter research:

Image00009Dr Katie Slocombe, University of York



Megan Photo (2)Dr Megan Lambert




DaphnaDr Daphna Buchsbaum



SeedWebpageProfileDr Emma Tecwyn

twitter: @emmatecwyn


jcgomez-150x150Dr Juan-Carlos Gomez





Dr Verena Kersken




derekDr Derek Ball




Past members

Joléne van der Mescht

St. Andrews Day Trip 110Jolene 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.



Carolina Mayer

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.

Katie Dickerson






Patience Stevens






Emmie Bryant


twitter: @emmielociraptor


Honorary members

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.