Learning, Behaviour and Welfare Research Unit (LBWRU)
The research activity of this group is aimed at advancing the understanding of human and animal behaviour. The research includes application of psychological principles to human behaviour problems and the improvement of animal welfare. Animal models of human learning have a long tradition in the behavioural sciences, and many of the advances in behavioural therapies, especially with children with severe developmental disability have their basis in laboratory research that was conducted with non-human animals. Several members of this Unit actively research areas where there is direct cross over between the experimental analysis of behaviour with animals to the applied analysis of behaviour with humans, such as in the areas of reinforcer preference, self-control, and stimulus generalisation.