Dr. Lauren M. Robinson

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
AG Domestikation
Department für Interdisziplinäre Lebenswissenschaften
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Dörfles 48
A-2115 Ernstbrunn

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I specialize in psychology (differential, comparative, health), animal welfare, and applied animal behavior (i.e., applied ethology). I am interested in interdisciplinary research that utilizes a mix of methods (e.g., surveys, behavioral observations, cognitive tests, physiological measures) to answer research questions across a range of species. I have researched domestic dogs, rhesus and Japanese macaque, chimpanzees, Asian and African elephants, penguins, and bear, among others, housed across multiple settings include zoos, labs, and research facilities.

My research has historically focused on questions relating to how individual differences (specifically personality) are associated with other aspects of an animal’s life, such as their health and happiness. As a postdoctoral research fellow with Doctors Sarah Brosnan and Friederike Range 1, I am extending into research on cooperation in domestic dogs and grey wolves.

Main fields of research:

  • Animal personality
  • Animal welfare
  • Canid cooperation
  • Comparative psychology
  • Differential psychology

Curriculum Vitae



PhD Psychology
University of Edinburgh
"The influence of personality on primate health, welfare, and happiness"
Affiliations: Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, Scottish Primate Research Group


MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
University of Edinburgh
"The work that binds us: Motivation is linked with sociality in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)"


BA Psychology
University of Washington



Postdoctoral Research Fellow
omparative cognition
Supervised by: Drs Friederike Range 1 and Sarah Brosnan 2
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and Georgia State University


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Animal joy
Supervised by: Dr Erica Cartmill
University of California, Los Angeles


Education Committee – American Society of Primatologists


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Animal behavior and endocrinology
Animals, Science, and Environment department
Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Visiting Academic
Psychology department
University of Edinburgh


Researchgate 3