Dr Sebastian Daryl McBride

PhD, BSc

Dr Sebastian Daryl McBride

Lecturer in Biological Science

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All undergraduate and postgraduate appointments can be made via my appointment calendar accessible here.

Dr Sebastian McBride is a Liverpool (BSc.) and Edinburgh (PhD.) graduate who first took up a lectureship position at Aberystwyth in 1996 in what was the Institute of Rural Sciences. He left the Institute in 2005 to extend his research interests in cognitive robotics in the Department of Computer Science (Aberystwyth) and then cognitive neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. He has returned to Aberystwyth University in 2016 to take up an appointment as lecturer in Biosciences.

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All undergraduate and postgraduate appointments can be made via my appointment calendar accessible here.



Dr Sebastian McBride is involved in a number of research projects based around cognition and the neurophysiological control of behaviour. In particular, he is currently working on: animal cognition markers of human neurodegenerative disease, neurophysiological mechanisms underpinning repetitive behavioural disorders and cognitive enrichment in farm and captive animal species.


Developing a 3-Choice Serial Reaction Time Task for Examining Neural and Cognitive Function in an Equine ModelRoberts, K., Hemmings, A., McBride, S. & Parker, M. 2017 In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods.292, p. 45-528 p.
Causal factors or oral versus locomotor stereotype in the horseRoberts, K., Hemmings, A., McBride, S. & Parker, M. 2017 In : Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.20, p. 37-438 p.
A stop-signal task for sheep: Introduction and validation of a direct measure for the stop-signal reaction timeMcBride, S., Knoll, F., Stewart, J., Gonzalez, R. & Morton, J. 2017 In : Animal Cognition.20, 4, p. 615-626
Applied neurophysiology of the horse: Implications for training, husbandry, and welfareMcBride, S., Parker, M. & Hemmings, A. 2017 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.190, p. 90-101
Neural modulators of temperament: A multivariate approach to personality trait identification in the horseRoberts, K., Hemmings, A. J., Moore-Colyer, M., Parker, M. O. & McBride, S. D. 2016 In : Physiology and Behavior.167, p. 125-1316 p.
A mobile, high-throughput semi-automated system for testing cognition in large non-primate animal models of Huntington disease.McBride, S. D., Perentos, N. & Morton, A. J. 2016 In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods.265, p. 25-33
The effects of a high-starch or high-fibre diet on equine reactivity and handling behaviourBulmer, L., McBride, S., Williams, K. & Murray, J-A. 2015 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.165, p. 95-1028 p.
The disrupted basal ganglia and behavioural control: An integrative cross-domain perspective of spontaneous stereotypyMcBride, S. D. & Parker, M. O. 2015 In : Behavioural Brain Research.276, p. 45-5814 p.
Understanding the concept of a reflective surface: Can sheep improve navigational ability through the use of a mirror?McBride, S. D., Perentos, N. & Morton, A. J. 2015 In : Animal Cognition.18, 1, p. 361-37111 p.
Identifying the Computational Requirements of an Integrated Top-Down-Bottom-Up Model for Overt Visual Attention within an Active Vision System.McBride, S., Hülse, M. S. & Lee, M. H. 2013 In : PLoS One.8, 2, 12 p., e54585
Task Modulated Active Vision For Advanced Human-Robot InteractionHülse, M. S., McBride, S. D. & Lee, M. H. 2012 In : International Journal of Humanoid Robotics.9, 3, 23 p.
Multi-modal visual attention for robotics active vision systems - A reference architectureHülse, M., McBride, S. & Lee, M. 2011 p. 21-299 p.
Developmental robotics architecture for active vision and reachingHülse, M. S., McBride, S. D. & Lee, M. H. 2011 Proceedings of the First Joint International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) and on Epigenetic Robotics (EpiRob).Vol. 2, p. 1-66 p.
Integration of active vision and reaching from a developmental robotics perspectiveHülse, M. S., McBride, S. D., Law, J. A. & Lee, M. H. 2010 In : IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development.2, 4, p. 355-36713 p.
Gaze modulated visual search integrating spatial and feature data: Embodied visual memory for robotic systems IIHülse, M., McBride, S. & Lee, M. 2010 p. 167-1682 p.
An evaluation of gaze modulated spatial visual search for robotic active visionHülse, M., McBride, S. & Lee, M. 2010 TAROS 2010: Proceedings of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems 2010.Plymouth University Press, p. 83 - 908 p.
Fast learning mapping schemes for robotic hand-eye coordinationHülse, M. S., McBride, S. D. & Lee, M. H. 2010 In : Cognitive Computation.2, 1, p. 1 - 1616 p.
Robotic implementation of inhibition of return potential insight into the biological equivalentMcBride, S., Hülse, M. & Lee, M. 2009 p. PC13
Implementing inhibition of return: embodied visual memory for robotic systemsHülse, M., McBride, S. & Lee, M. 2009 Proc. 9th Int. Conf. on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems. Lund Uni. Cognitive Studies. Canamero, L., Oudeyer, P-Y. & Balkenius, C. (eds.). p. 213-2142 p.
Robotic hand-eye coordination without global reference: A biologically inspired learning schemeHülse, M., McBride, S. D. & Lee, M. 2009 2009 IEEE 8th International Conference on Development and Learning.p. 53-586 p.
A Neurologic Perspective of Equine StereotypyMcBride, S. & Hemmings, A. 2009 In : Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.29, 1, p. 10-167 p.
Impaired instrumental choice in crib-biting horses (Equus caballus)Parker, M., Redhead, E. S., Goodwin, D. & McBride, S. D. 2008 In : Behavioural Brain Research.191, 1, p. 137-1404 p.
Negative versus positive reinforcement: an evaluation of training strategies for rehabilitated horsesInnes, L. & McBride, S. D. 2008 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.112, 3-4, p. 357-36812 p.
Estimates of the genetic parameters and repeatability of behavioural traits of sheep in an arena testWolf, B. T., McBride, S., Lewis, . R. M., Davies, M. H. & Haresign, W. 2008 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.112, 1-2, p. 68-8013 p.
Perseverative responding and the aetiology of equine oral stereotypyHemmings, A., McBride, S. D. & Hale, C. E. 2007 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.104, 1-2, p. 143-1508 p.
Using multivariate statistical analysis to measure ovine temperament: stability of factor construction over time and between groups of animalsMcBride, S. D. & Wolf, B. T. 2007 In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science.103, 1-2, p. 45–58
Seasonal variations in physiological and behavioural parameters in a bachelor group of stallion ponies (Equilus caballus)Chiam, R. S., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., McBride, S. D., McKay, A. & Ely, E. 2006 In : Animal Science.p. 581-59010 p.
Altered mesoaccumbens and nigro-striatal dopamine physiology is associated with stereotypy development in a non-rodent speciesMcBride, S. D. & Hemmings, A. 2005 In : Behavioural Brain Research.159, 1, p. 113-1186 p.
The effect of dietary forage on the development and survival of helminth parasites in ovine faecesMarley, C. L., Cook, R., Barrett, J., Keatinge, R., Lampkin, N. H. & McBride, S. D. 2003 In : Veterinary Parasitology.118, 1-2, p. 93-10714 p.
The putative welfare-reducing effects of preventing equine stereotypic behaviourCuddeford, D. & McBride, S. D. 2001 In : Animal Welfare.10, 2, p. 173-18917 p.
Management of horses showing stereotypic behaviour, owner perception and the implications for welfareMcBride, S. D. & Long, L. 2001 In : Veterinary Record.p. 799-8024 p.