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Research interests

I am interested in better understanding affective states, comprising transient ‘emotions’ and longer-term ‘moods’, in non-human animals. My research aims to address three broad questions: (1) how can we measure affect objectively (2) how can we induce positive affect and minimise negative affect, and (3) why might affective states exist (i.e. what is their adaptive function)? To answer these questions, my research takes a multidisciplinary approach and draws on a range of fields including cognitive and computational neuroscience, decision theory, ethology, and psychology. I have studied a range of companion and laboratory species, including starlings, rabbits, and rats.

Currently, I am working on a BBSRC-funded project which involves developing and implementing a computational modelling approach to identify latent decision processes in rats that might provide a novel insight into their affective state.

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Research Output

  • 6 Article (Academic Journal)

Optimism, pessimism and judgement bias in animals: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Lagisz, M., Zidar, J., Nakagawa, S., Neville, V. M., Sorato, E., Paul, E. S., Bateson, M., Mendl, M. T. & Løvlie, H., 16 Jul 2020, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 118, p. 3-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Pharmacological manipulations of judgement bias: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Neville, V., Nakagawa, S., Zidar, J., Paul, E. S., Lagisz, M., Bateson, M., Løvlie, H. & Mendl, M., Jan 2020, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 108, p. 269-286

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    Reward and punisher experience alter rodent decision-making in a judgement bias task

    Neville, V., KIng, J., Gilchrist, I. D., Dayan, P., Paul, E. S. & Mendl, M., 16 Jul 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 14 p., 11839 (2020).

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    Supervised Work

    Affect and Decision Making: Disentangling Underlying Processes

    Author: Neville, V. M., 12 May 2020

    Supervisor: Gilchrist, I. (Supervisor) & Mendl, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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