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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Anna Wilkinson

I joined the University of Lincoln in 2010 and am a Professor in the School of Life Sciences. Before coming to Lincoln, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vienna. My research focuses on understanding animal cognition as part of a biological framework. I have two main research areas: Cold-Blooded Cognition I am interested in the way reptiles and amphibians perceive the world, how they learn about their environment and how they use and retain this information. Perception and Categorisation I am interested in how animals process the vast amount of information that they perceive daily, why they attend to certain elements of their environment and how flexible their use of this information is.

Department Responsibilities

I teach on a variety of courses including Animal Cognition, Animal Behaviour, Human-Animal Interactions and Research Methods.

Subject Specialism

Animal Cognition


  • PhD 2004 – 2007: Avian visual perception - Department of Psychology, University of York
  • BSc 1999 – 2003: Department of Psychology, University of Stirling


  • My research has been supported by a variety of sources including:
  • Dstl
  • The Royal Society
  • European Science Fund
  • Austrian Science Foundation
  • ONR (US Navy)

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Research Interests

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Animal Cognition

  • Cold-Blooded Cognition

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Comparative Cognition Society
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour