Peter Hepper

Professor

  • Room 02.512 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

1983 …2018

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Research Interests

My research interests are concentrated around the following general themes:

Behavioural development and health

Prenatal development of human fetal behaviour: The use of fetal behaviour as a diagnostic tool to detect handicap; quantitative analysis of the development of behaviour and behavioural states in the human fetus; learning and sensory development in the human fetus and its relation to the developing CNS; assessing neural effects of environmental teratogens, including drugs of abuse, in utero; maternal effects on the developing fetus; fetal behaviour in fetuses with neural abnormalities.

Comparative behavioural development: comparison of embryonic and neonatal neurobehavioural development in amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals to explore common and unique aspects of early development; fetal development in the dog and fading puppy syndrome as a model for SIDS in human infants; fetal and neonatal development in the sheep and its relation to neonatal mortalilty and vigour.

Animal behaviour

Kin recognition: the development and mechanisms of kin recognition; the influence of kinship on the social behaviour of animals; developmental mechanisms of kin recognition. Olfaction: olfactory detection in dogs; primate olfaction; comparative olfactory acuity. Animal Welfare: study of behaviour in zoo animals, in particular behaviour in endangered species undergoing breeding programmes for species survival; enrichment programmes for 'captive' animals; welfare in captive reptiles; welfare in rescue shelter animals.

Psychosocial outcome of facial disfigurement

The effect of cleft lip and palate on health, psychological and social well-being; features of dentition and mandible growth and their role in determining attractiveness; psychological impact of orthodontic surgery; factors determining patient willingness to undergo orthodontic surgery.

Teaching

I currently teach:

PSY1006 Everday Psychology - Criminal Profiling, Touch, Threat assessment, School shootings

PSY2062 - Interviewing

PSY3080 - Psychology of Serial Killers

 

I teach Governance, Ethics at Postgraduate level.

Particulars

I undertook a BSc(Hons) in Psychology at the University of Exeter and then moved to the psychology department in Durham to complete a PhD on "Kin Recognition in the Rat" supervised by Prof MJ Morgan. I then came to Queen’s Belfast and was appointed as Professor in 1993. I am a chartered psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2007 I was awarded The Thomas R. Verny Award for Outstanding Contributions to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health by the American Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology & Health.

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Research Output

Lack of association between paw preference and behaviour problems in the domestic dog, Canis familiaris

Wells, D. L., Hepper, P. G., Milligan, A. D. S. & Barnard, S., 12 Oct 2018, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    97 Downloads (Pure)

    Laterality as a predictor of coping strategies in dogs entering a rescue shelter

    Barnard, S., Wells, D. L. & Hepper, P. G., 23 Oct 2018, In : Symmetry. 10, 11, 15 p., 538.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    147 Downloads (Pure)

    Lateralization of spontaneous behaviours in the domestic cat, Felis silvestris

    McDowell, L. J., Wells, D. L. & Hepper, P. G., Jan 2018, In : Animal Behaviour. 135, p. 37-43 7 p.

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  • Personality traits affecting judgement bias task performance in dogs (Canis familiaris)

    Barnard, S., Wells, D., Milligan, A., Arnott, G. & Hepper, P., 27 Apr 2018, In : Scientific Reports.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    129 Downloads (Pure)

    Stability of motor bias in the domestic dog, Canis familiaris

    Wells, D. L., Hepper, P. G., Milligan, A. D. S. & Barnard, S., Apr 2018, In : Behavioural Processes. 149, p. 1-7

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    158 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Fellow of the British Psychological Society

    Hepper, Peter (Recipient), 1995

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities

    • 2 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Prenatal learning: a forgotten, but essential driver for behavioural development.

    Peter Hepper (Invited speaker)

    12 Jul 201616 Jul 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    The Murdering Mind of Serial Killers

    Peter Hepper (Invited speaker)

    04 Apr 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Behaviour of the human fetus - A Womb with a View

    Peter Hepper (Keynote speaker)

    27 Sep 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Developmental science (Journal)

    Peter Hepper (Editorial board member)

    19972020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    BBC Earth

    Peter Hepper

    26/04/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Impact

    Improving the Psychological Wellbeing of Captive Animals

    Deborah Wells (Participant) & Peter Hepper (Participant)

    Impact: Quality of Life Impact, Public Policy Impact