Department of Psychology


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Ms Helene Chotard

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6334
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  • Department: Psychology
  • Faculty: Science


I got my Master in "Animal and Human Behaviour" at the University of Rennes (France) in 2013. I have acquired a solid knowledge in the study of animal behaviour through my academic courses and now have work experiences performed in varied research settings (e.g., laboratory, zoos and field).

As a research assistant at the University of Portsmouth since November 2013 working with Dr. Marina Davila-Ross, I have been exposed to excellent opportunities concerning research environments during which I learnt new research methodologies (e.g., Infrared Thermal Imaging), and was involved in diverse projects aiming to examine the personality, emotions and play behaviours in non-human primates, as well as in dogs, by using a comparative approach.

I spent 2.5 months during the summer 2014 at the Sepilok Orangutans Rehabilitated Centre (Borneo) where I followed the orangutans in the forest in order to observe natural behaviours (e.g. foraging, social interactions).


I am currently studying personality traits by looking at play behaviours in great ape species (e.g., orang-utans, chimpanzees).

In parallel, I am also involved in another project aiming to examine emotions (e.g., joy, anger, fear) in human and non-human primates by using the Infrared Thermal Imaging technology.