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Prof Richard Byrne


Emeritus Professor

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I went to the University of Cambridge to study Natural Sciences, intending to specialize in physics. Taking psychology as a minor subject, I found it fascinating (and easier!), and ended up with that as my main topic and Donald Broadbent as my project supervisor. I went on to do a PhD under John Morton's supervision at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, on the topic of the use of memory in everyday planning. From there, I came straight to St Andrews and have stayed ever since: instead of moving universities, I moved topics, first to primate behavioural ecology, later to cognitive evolution, including shared abilities with our closest relatives (great apes) and convergent capacities of distantly related species (pigs, elephants).

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