Dr Blake Morton

Dr Blake Morton

Lecturer of Psychology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychology

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Stirling)

Summary

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. Through an integrated comparative approach, Dr Morton is interested in understanding what factors drive behavioural and psychological complexity in animals, including humans, and how this understanding can address theoretical (e.g. evolutionary) and applied (e.g. health and welfare) issues.

Undergraduate

Brain & Behaviour 2 - The Ageing Brain - Undergraduate Research Dissertation Module

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Do wild raccoons (Procyon lotor) use tools"

Morton, F. B. (2020). Do wild raccoons (Procyon lotor) use tools?. Animal Cognition, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-020-01430-y

Data reduction analyses of animal behaviour: avoiding Kaiser’s criterion and adopting more robust automated methods

Blake Morton, F., & Altschul, D. (2019). Data reduction analyses of animal behaviour: avoiding Kaiser’s criterion and adopting more robust automated methods. Animal behaviour, 149, 89-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.01.003

Divergent personality structures of brown (Sapajus apella) and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus).

Robinson, L. M., Morton, F. B., Gartner, M. C., Widness, J., Paukner, A., Essler, J. L., …Weiss, A. (2016). Divergent personality structures of brown (Sapajus apella) and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 130(4), 305-312. https://doi.org/10.1037/com0000037

Happiness is positive welfare in brown capuchins (Sapajus apella)

Robinson, L. M., Waran, N. K., Leach, M. C., Morton, F. B., Paukner, A., Lonsdorf, E., …Weiss, A. (2016). Happiness is positive welfare in brown capuchins (Sapajus apella). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 181, 145-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.05.029

Capuchin monkeys with similar personalities have higher-quality relationships independent of age, sex, kinship and rank

Morton, F. B., Weiss, A., Buchanan-Smith, H. M., & Lee, P. C. (2015). Capuchin monkeys with similar personalities have higher-quality relationships independent of age, sex, kinship and rank. Animal behaviour, 105, 163-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.04.013

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Morton welcomes applications from students interested in any area of comparative psychology, including studies of humans and other animals.