Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Anna M. Taylor

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD in Psychology, University of Sussex
  • MSc in Behavioural Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • BSc (Hons) in Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex

Dr. Taylor's research interests lie within the fields of mammal behaviour and social cognition, specifically the development of new research paradigms within the study of behaviour – both human and animal – to address those questions which may not always have an obvious verbal answer. As well as teaching psychology at the BISC, Dr. Taylor has ongoing collaborations with members of the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Group at Sussex University, where she conducted her doctoral research. In recent years, Dr. Taylor has focussed on more theoretical work and has contributed to books published by Elsevier and Springer scientific press. 

Selected Publications

Taylor, A. M., Charlton, B. D., Reby, D. (in press). 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.

Ratcliffe, V. F., Taylor, A. M. Reby, D. (2015). Cross-modal correspondences in non-human mammal vocal communication. Multisensory Research, 10.1163/22134808-00002509

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.

Taylor, A. M., Reby, D., McComb, K. (2011) Cross modal perception of body size in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). PLoS ONE: 6(2): e17069.

Taylor, A. M., Reby, D., McComb, K. (2010) Why Do Large Dogs Sound More Aggressive to Human Listeners: Acoustic Bases of Motivational Misattributions. Ethology 116, 1155-1162.

Taylor, A.M. & Reby, D. (2010) The contribution of source-filter theory to the study of mammal vocal communication (Review). Journal of Zoology 280(3), 221-236.