I obtained a MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, including an experimental thesis on the effects of horse-rider contact prior to riding sessions. Previously, I received a Bachelor`s degree in Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia, USA, for which I conducted an experimental thesis on cross-modal recognition of human individuals in domestic horses. For my Bachelor’s degree, I also studied one year at Oxford University.
During independent research at Animals Asia’s Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, China, I recently investigated social alliances amongst rescued Asiatic Black Bears, prior thought to be isolate.
My main interests have been the human-animal relationship, emotional states and emotional contagion within and across species. It is my aim to help further the understanding of animal behaviour and emotions as well as our relationship to them as a dominating species, making for a more positive interaction and environment for both humans and animals.
For my PhD dissertation, I am exploring play behaviour, emotional states and emotional contagion in rats.

Current research:

  • Play behaviour, emotional states and emotional contagion in rats. More info

Recent publications:

3. Lampe JF, Burman O, Würbel H, Melotti L (2017). Context-dependent individual differences in playfulness in male rats (pre-print). Developmental psychobiology, S. 1-13.

2. Finlayson K, Lampe JF, Hintze S, Würbel H, Melotti L (2016). Facial Indicators of Positive Emotions in Rats. PLOS ONE 11(11): e0166446. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446

1. Lampe JF, & Andre J, (2012) Cross-modal recognition of human individuals in domestic horses (Equus caballus). Animal Cognition, 15(4), 623-630. Abstract