Dr Sebastian McBride

PhD, BSc

Dr Sebastian McBride

Lecturer in Biological Science


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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.


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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2019.03.044
Hemmings, A, Parker, M, Hale, CE & McBride, S 2018, 'Causal and functional interpretation of mu- and delta-opioid receptor profiles in mesoaccumbens and nigrostriatal pathways of an oral stereotypy phenotype', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 353, no. 1, pp. 108-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2018.06.031
McBride, S & Morton, J 2018, 'Indices of comparative cognition: Assessing animal models of human brain function', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 236, no. 12, pp. 3379-3390. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5370-8
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