Yulán Úbeda Ph.D.

Yulán Úbeda Ph.D.
Universitat de Girona | UDG · Department of Psychology

PhD Animal Behaviour

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Introduction
I recently finished my PhD at the University of Girona (Department of Psychology). My studies includes: Personality in chimpanzees, killer whales and iberian Lynx; Evaluation of mental illness in chimpanzees; Welfare in chimpanzees and killer whales; Personality in Iberian lynx as a criterion for a successful reintroduction; Influence of rearing in personality of sanctuary housed chimpanzees; Art-therapy and evaluation of aesthetic sense in sanctuary housed chimpanzees.
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - April 2016
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Position
  • Teacher - Primate Psychology
February 2016 - February 2016
Complutense University of Madrid
Position
  • Teacher - Primate Psychopathology
November 2015 - November 2015
Universidad de La Laguna
Position
  • Teacher - Primate Behaviour Level 1 & 2
Education
September 2014 - September 2018
Universitat de Girona
Field of study
  • Personality, Welfare ans Psychopathologies in sanctuary-housed chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
September 2010 - September 2011
September 2002 - September 2009

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Publications (23)
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The comparative study of animal personality has received great interest in recent years. Some studies have analyzed personalities in cetaceans (exclusively in dolphins), but none have analyzed the factorial structure of personality of any species in this order. Our objective was to evaluate a sample of captive killer whales (n = 24) adapting one of...
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More data are needed for a better understanding of the long-term influence of wider and combined stressful events in chimpanzee personality development. We evaluated the effects of bushmeat trade outcomes on the personality development in 84 African sanctuary chimpanzees. The chimpanzees presented different backgrounds regarding maternal care, soci...
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The diagnosis of psychopathologies in nonhuman primates has received increasing interest in the last decade. However, only a limited number of categories of pathology have been diagnosed in some chimpanzees exclusively by using adapted versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). With this in mind, we have created a...
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Questionnaires are very useful tools when it comes to assessing zoo based animal measures and caretakers of these animals (such as keepers, trainers and veterinarians) are in the best position to provide accurate answers to these assessments. Our goal was (a) to empirically demonstrate the utility of a welfare questionnaire and (b) to examine the r...
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So far, the scarce studies of psychopathology in NHP has been mainly focused on chimpanzees used in biomedical research. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze if it can be equally applied in pet or performer chimpanzees. We believe that these studies will contribute to (1) find the right therapies and (2) to provide ethical fundaments that promote...
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Research on felid personality has been conducted in a few species. Further research on new species could be highly informative in regard to the influence that adaptation to different ecological challenges has on felid personality. We evaluated the personality of 58 Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardinus) hosted at 3 different breeding centers for reintroduc...
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The diagnosis of psychopathologies in nonhuman primates has received increasing interest in the last decade. However, only a limited number of categories of pathology have been diagnosed in some chimpanzees exclusively by using adapted versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). With this in mind, we have created a...
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Personality has been linked to individual variation in interest and performance in cog-nitive tasks. Nevertheless, this relationship is still poorly understood and has rarely been considered in animal cognition research. Here, we investigated the association between personality and interest, motivation and task performance in 13 sanctuary chimpanze...
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Doctoral Thesis presentation Department of Psychology, University of Girona (Spain)
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La metodología rating se basa en los juicios de una serie de evaluadores respecto al comportamiento de los animales de estudio, usando para ello listas de ítems descriptivos recogidos en un cuestionario. Una serie de argumentos psicométricos y pragmáticos se han traducido en que un gran número de autores elijan el método rating para evaluar compo...
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Most of the studies on aesthetics seem to show that it is a peculiar characteristic of the human species, or the aesthetic sense of humans significantly differs from that of other animals, because man would be the only one who enjoy the beauty and produce art for pleasure. With this research we want to contribute to the discussion on aesthetics by...
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Facilities housing captive animals are full of staff who, every day, interact with the animals under their care. The expertise and familiarity of staff can be used to monitor animal welfare by means of questionnaires. It was the goal of our study to examine the association between chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) welfare, happiness, and personality. To...
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We evaluate a sanctuary chimpanzee sample (n=11) using two adapted human assessment instruments: the Five-Factor Model (FFM) and Eysenck’s Psychoticism-Extraversion-Neuroticism (PEN) model. The former has been widely used in studies of animal personality, while the latter has never been used to assess chimpanzees. We asked familiar keepers and scie...
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Evaluation and improvement of animal welfare are essential for the maintenance of species in captive settings. Primates subjected to unfavourable rearing conditions tend to manifest associated pathological behaviours. At that point, psychotherapy is needed as an intervention on behaviour problems or disorders. The most used tool with non human prim...

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Animal personality research has become increasingly popular during the last decade. Comparative studies on animal personality have focused on its ecological and evolutionary significance. Although some authors criticize the use of this term, research on animal individual differences actually covers a range of phenomena and behaviours that are consistent over time, contexts, situations and methodologies. Comparative psychologists and behavioural ecologists have reported relevant findings on this area, including the relationship of personality with genetics, behaviour, environment, cognitive processes and ecology. Furthermore, some studies have recently focused on the link between welfare, quality of life and conservation strategies in non-human animals. Although animal personality research covers several animal species from vertebrates to invertebrates, studies of primates —particularly chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys— are the most common because of their biological and psychological proximity to humans. The comparative study of animal personality is relevant for (1) the description and comparison of personality structure between human and non-human animals to (b) understand the biological, ecological and evolutionary components of personality. From a methodological point of view, two main approximations have been used to study personality and individuality in non-human animals: coding (behavioural observations) and rating (behavioural and trait rating). Despite the large amount of data gathered during last two decades, several aspects remain unclear. Particularly, I plan to continue working on the question of whether personality —or temperament and individuality— are related to several aspects such us social bonding, resilience, quality of life and cognitive performance and laterality in non-human animals (Ortín, Úbeda, Garriga, & Llorente, 2019; Robinson et al., 2017; Úbeda & Llorente, 2015; Úbeda, Llorente, & Riba, 2012; Úbeda, Ortín, Leger, Llorente, & Almunia, 2019; Ubeda, Sauquet, & Llorente, 2014)
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To detect if the Aesthetics Primate Paint Questionnaire (APPQ) can be used to measure aesthetic in chimpanzees