I teach first and upper year psychology courses at the Castle, and I am also an active researcher in the field of animal behaviour. I am particularly fascinated by the co-evolution of communicative abilities in humans and domestic dogs, and can talk for hours on end about animal cognition, behaviour, and training.
My most popular course is PSYC 100, a first year survey course that gives students a very strong foundation in psychology as a discipline, while also providing knowledge and academic skills that are useful across a range of degree plans. At the Castle, students take PSYC 100 in small seminar groups where they learn to engage with complex material in a comfortable and confidence-inspiring setting. Supported by experiential tasks such as the collection and analysis of behavioural data at a nearby zoo (my personal favourite) and the opportunity to explore public institutions such as the London Natural History Museum through a disciplinary lens, students always leave with a firm understanding of what is expected of them, as scholars and as researchers.
I like teaching at the Castle because the small class sizes and out-of-classroom experiences enable me to get to know students beyond their academic presence in the classroom. Students frequently stay in touch after they leave the Castle and knowing that I have contributed to the skills that ensure their ongoing success is incredibly rewarding.
Here are some recent book chapters as I have authored:
- Taylor, A. M., Charlton, B. D., Reby, D. (2016). Vocal production by terrestrial mammals: Source, filter, and function. In: Vertebrate Sound Production and Acoustic Communication, Springer Handbook of Auditory Research 53 (eds. R. A. Suthers et al.), Springer Science.
- Taylor, A. M., Ratcliffe, V., McComb, K., Reby, D. (2014). Auditory communication in domestic dogs: vocal signalling in the extended social environment of a companion animal. In: The Social Dog (eds. Kaminski, J., Marshall, S.), Elsevier Academic Press.