Dr.  LLORENTE ESPINO, MIGUEL ANGEL

Plana personal

Categoria:
PROFESSOR ASSOCIAT
Departament:
PSICOLOGIA
Àrea de coneixement:
PSICOLOGIA BÀSICA

Currículum abreujat

I am a comparative and developmental psychologist with expertise in primatology. Most of my research experience have focused on the comparative study of different animal species —fundamentally non-human primates and great apes— in their natural environment, semi-captivity and captivity. My research interest has been to understand the evolutionary and developmental bases of early childhood and to comprehend the behaviour, cognition and social evolution in humans from an evolutionary point of view. Some of the topics that I am currently investigating include laterality and hand preference, social learning and culture, communication, tool use and physical cognition, personality and emotions, social network analysis and socialisation, feeding ecology, psychopathology and the improvement of the welfare and the quality of life in non-human animals as a model of mental health in humans. Since 2018 I am member of the ManyPrimates Network (https://manyprimates.github.io/) for the study of primate cognition. I supervised several BSs, MSc and PhD dissertations and actively participate as a lecturer in the outreach of primatology, animal welfare and developmental comparative psychology at several forums and media. I collaborate with various research projects, animal rescue centres and conservation projects in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mozambique, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Spain. I obtained my PhD in Psychology at the Universitat Ramon Llull and a BSc in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona. I conducted my doctoral work at Fundació Mona (www.fundaciomona.org) investigating manual laterality in chimpanzees. I was awarded with the “Special Doctorate Prize” for my doctoral dissertation. I’m currently Director of IPRIM (www.institutprimatologia.com) and I collaborate as a Research Manager with Fundació Mona. I am also research associate at the IPHES (www.iphes.cat) where I am member of the Research Consolidated Group (SGR899-2017) investigating social, cultural and biological evolution during the Pleistocene. Since 2013 I am the Director of the MSc in Primatology at the Universitat de Girona (www.masterprimatologia.com) and since 2014 the President of the Spanish Primatological Association (www.apespain.org). I am Associate Professor in the area of Basic Psychology at the Universitat de Girona where I taught courses related with Psychobiology (Degree of Psychology), and Basic and Developmental Psychology (Degrees of Pedagogy, Education and Criminology). In a complementary way, and as a Director and teacher of the MSc in Primatology at the University of Girona, I have taught in subjects related to animal behaviour and ethology, comparative cognition, animal welfare and scientific research tools and methods.