Academic Employment

2017 onwards University of Birmingham - Research Associate.

Researching the impact of educational tv on children's problem solving.

Education

2013 - 2018 University of St Andrews – PhD, Psychology.

Supervisor: Professor Andrew Whiten

Thesis title:  ‘Experimental studies of behavioural flexibility and cultural transmission in chimpanzees and children’.

2012 - 2013 University of St Andrews – MSc Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology, Classification: Distinction.

2008 - 2012 University of St Andrews - Psychology MA (Hons.) Classification: First Class.

Publications

Harrison, R. A. & Whiten, A. (2018). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) display limited behavioural flexibility when faced with a changing foraging task requiring tool use. PeerJ, 6:e4366.

Burdett, E. R. R., McGuigan, N., Harrison, R. & Whiten, A. (2018). The interaction of social and perceivable causal factors in shaping ‘over-imitation'. Cognitive Development, 47, 8-18.

Watson, S. K., Reamer, L. A., Mareno, M. C., Vale, G., Harrison, R. A., Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., & Whiten, A. (2017). Socially transmitted diffusion of a novel behavior from subordinate chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology, 79 (6), e22642.

Wood, L. A., Harrison, R. A., Lucas, A. J., McGuigan, N., Burdett, E. R., & Whiten, A. (2016). “Model age-based” and “copy when uncertain” biases in children’s social learning of a novel task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150, 272-284.

Conference Presentations

2017 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovative and flexible tool-based solutions in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in response to a changing foraging task. Oral presentation, Inaugral Cultural Evolution Society Conference, Jena, 2017.

2016 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovative and flexible tool-based solutions in sanctuary-housed chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in response to a changing foraging task. Invited symposium presentation, American Society of Primatologists / International Primatological Society, Chicago, 2016.

2016 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovative and flexible tool-based solutions in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in response to a changing foraging task. Oral presentation, 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, St Andrews, 2016.

2016 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovative and flexible tool-based solutions in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in response to a changing foraging task. Pecha Kucha presentation, Birmingham Culture Conference 2016.

2016 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovation and flexibility in chimpanzees in response to changing foraging task. Poster, Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science.

2016 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovation and flexibility in chimpanzees in response to changing foraging task. Poster, EHBEA 2016.

2015 Harrison RA, van Leeuwen EJC, Whiten A. Innovation and flexibility in chimpanzees in response to changing foraging task. Poster, PSGB Winter Meeting 2015.

2015 Harrison RA, Whiten A. Innovation and flexibility in chimpanzees and children. Poster, EHBEA 2015.

Public outreach

2016 Baby and Child Lab Family Fun Day - Explorathon (European Researchers' Night), St Andrews.

2016 Innovation and problem solving science station - Science Night at the Zoo, Edinburgh International Science Festival.

2016 Harrison RA (2016, February 23). Chimps are cute. They’re funny. And viral videos can harm them. The Guardian.

2015 The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack” – Research Live, St Andrews, as part of European Researchers’ Night 2015.

2014The Trial of Chimpanzee Jack” – Part of The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

2014Animal Cultures” – BBSRC Great British Bioscience Festival, London and Edinburgh.

 Teaching Experience

2016 Postgraduate Demonstrator, Third Year Developmental Psychology

2014 - 2016 Postgraduate Demonstrator, First Year Psychology Methods and Statistics

Skills

Languages Conversational French. Some basic knowledge of Spanish and Kiswahili.

Computer Skills

Completed Coursera course “Social network analysis” (involving the use of Gephi graph visualisation software) in 2013.

Completed “SOCPROG and the analysis of animal social structure using individual identifications” led by Prof. H. Whitehead, March 2016.

Completed “Introduction to Bayesian statistics for ecologists and psychologists” led by Dr A. Zuur, April 2016.