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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Projects 2005 2017

Research Output 1983 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)
40 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
behavior problems
Dogs
dogs
Aggression
Fear
2 Citations (Scopus)
106 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
lateral stability
shelters
Cortisol
dogs
Hydrocortisone

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Felis
cats
animal
food
limb
4 Citations (Scopus)
86 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Task Performance and Analysis
Personality
Dogs
Fear
Aggression
3 Citations (Scopus)
101 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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Dogs
dogs
testing
Canidae
Direction compound

Prizes

Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Peter Hepper (Recipient), 1995

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 1997 2016

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

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

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

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