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Dr Blake Morton

Lecturer of Psychology

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 346311 (ext 5587)

Originally from the US, then Scotland for 10 years before joining the University of Hull, Dr Morton's educational background is in zoology and psychology.

His research is theoretically rooted within the discipline of comparative psychology, particularly human and non-human primates.

Dr Morton is interested in understanding behavioural and psychological complexity to answer theoretical (e.g. evolutionary biology) and applied (e.g. health, particularly mental ageing) questions.


Research Interests

  • Comparative psychology, particularly in human and non-human primates

Research groups

  • Scottish Primate Research Group

  • Behaviour and Evolution Research Group, University of Stirling


Robinson L, Morton F B, et al, 'Divergent personality structures of brown (Sapajus apella) and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)', Journal of Comparative Psychology (2016)

Robinson L, Waran N K, Leach M C, Morton F B, et al, 'Happiness is positive welfare in brown capuchin monkeys', Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science (2016)

Morton F B, Brosnan S F, Pretôt L, Buchanan-Smith H M, O’Sullivan E, Stocker M, Wilson V A, 'Using photographs to study animal social cognition and behaviour: Do capuchins’ responses to photos reflect reality?', Behavioural Processes, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2015.10.005 (2016)

Morton F B, Weiss A, Buchanan-Smith H, Lee P C, 'Capuchin monkeys with similar personalities have higher-quality relationships independent of age, sex, kinship, and rank', Animal Behaviour, 105, pp 163-171 (2015)

Tranmer M, Marcum C, Morton F B, Croft D, de Kort S, 'Using the relational events model (REM) to study the temporal dynamics of animal social networks', Animal Behaviour, 101, pp 99-105 (2015)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Social Psychology and Individual Differences

The Ageing Brain

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Zoology, North Carolina State University, USA

  • PhD Psychology, University of Stirling, UK