Dr Sebastian McBride

PhD, BSc

Dr Sebastian McBride

Lecturer in Biological Science

Department of Life Sciences

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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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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.


O'Brien, C, McBride, S & Parker, M 2022, 'Are palatability assessments a valid measure of hedonic responses in Equus callabus?', UFAW International Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 28 Jun 2022 - 29 Jun 2022.
McBride, SD, Roberts, K, Hemmings, AJ, Ninomiya, S & Parker, MO 2022, 'The impulsive horse: Comparing genetic, physiological and behavioral indicators to those of human addiction.', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 254, 113896. 10.1016/j.physbeh.2022.113896
Mott, RO, Hawthorne, SJ & McBride, SD 2020, 'Blink rate as a measure of stress and attention in the domestic horse (Equus caballus)', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 21409. 10.1038/s41598-020-78386-z
Cleal, M, Fontana, BD, Ranson, DC, McBride, SD, Swinny, JD, Redhead, ES & Parker, MO 2020, 'The Free-movement pattern Y-maze: A cross-species measure of working memory and executive function', Behavior Research Methods. 10.3758/s13428-020-01452-x
Zabegalov, KN, Khatsko, SL, Lakstygal, AM, Demin, KA, Cleal, M, Fontana, BD, McBride, S, Harvey, B, de Abreu, MS, Parker, MO & Kalueff, AV 2019, 'Abnormal repetitive behaviors in zebrafish and their relevance to human brain disorders', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 367, pp. 101-110. 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.03.044
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