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Insider Insights: Professor Anna Wilkinson

When we talk about using animal models in research, there’s a lot to discuss, and it can be quite polarising. So I’ve asked for the help of Professor Anna Wilkinson, …

Anxious cats

Wolpe (1952, 1958) developed an animal model of anxiety disorders and a treatment to cure them based on studies with laboratory animals. Reducing fear in cats through exposure In these …

Helpless dogs

The concepts of unpredictability and uncontrollability as potential causes of distress and psychopathology have improved our comprehension of many psychopathologies. In particular, unpredictability and uncontrollability are crucial concepts for one …

Neurotic dogs

Ivan Pavlov (1927) and his colleagues were some of the pioneers in the study of psychopathology using animal models. Investigating neurotic behaviour There are two important experiments in the study …

Fish and dyscalculia

Smell something fishy? In this video, we’ll look into something quite interesting (and not exactly fishy): fish and their role in understanding dyscalculia. As was mentioned in the last step, …

Mechanisms of learning

In the last step, we asked the question: “How did psychologists demonstrate these simple but robust mechanisms of learning?” To answer this question we need to go back to 1913, …

Behavioural tests: Training procedures

Now that we’ve covered the first category of behavioural tests, let’s move on to the second: training procedures. In training procedures, subjects are taught an explicit rule to see whether …

Behavioural tests: Free-choice tests

Let’s discuss the first category of behavioural tests. Free-choice tests entail observing how a subject (in this case, an animal) behaves in the presence of a biologically-relevant stimulus. In free-choice …

Cat eyes: Cats and our visual system

By the time a human is born, much of the wiring of the nervous system is in place. However, throughout our life span, we still have the ability to rearrange …

Insider Insights: Michael J. Beran

Now that you’ve better understood animal contribution on the mechanisms of learning, let’s hear from an expert in the field. Michael Beran is a professor of psychology and the co-director …

Delboeuf Illusion

In the next video steps, we’ll be focusing on visual illusion studies, starting with the Delboeuf Illusion. Visual illusion studies are not only cool and interesting, but they are also …