Sara Shettleworth

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Sara J. Shettleworth (born 1943) is an American-born, Canadian experimental psychologist and zoologist. Her research focuses on animal cognition. She is professor emerita of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto.

She was brought up in Maine and is a graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She started her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and transferred to the University of Toronto, where she finished her doctoral studies in comparative psychology.[1] She has lived in Canada since 1967. She is married to biologist Nicholas Mrosovsky.[2]

Shettleworth's research focuses on adaptive specializations of learning and the evolution of cognition. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University, and an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer.[3] Her research has been supported continuously since 1974 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.[4]

Shettleworth was honoured by the Comparative Cognition Society at their 2008 annual meeting for her contributions to the study of animal cognition.[5] In 2012 the Canadian Society For Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science honoured her with the Donald Hebb award for her distinguished contributions to psychological science.[6][7]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Shettleworth, S. J. (2012). Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition (Fundamentals in Cognition). Oxford University Press.[8]
  • Shettleworth, S. J. (2009). Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior (2nd ed). Oxford University Press.[9]

Scientific Publications

  • Shettleworth, S. J. (2012). Do Animals Have Insight, and What Is Insight Anyway? The Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(4), 217-226.[10]
  • Shettleworth, S. J. (2010). Clever animals and killjoy explanations in comparative psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14(11), 477-481.[11]
  • Sutton, J. E. & Shettleworth, S. J. (2008). Memory without awareness: Pigeons do not show metamemory in delayed matching-to-sample. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes34(2), 266-282.[12]  
  • Miller, N. Y., & Shettleworth, S. J. (2007). Learning about environmental geometry: An associative model. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33(3), 191-212.
  • Cheng, K., & Shettleworth, S. J., Huttenlocher, J., & Rieser, J. (2007). Bayesian integration of spatial information. Psychological Bulletin, 133(4), 625-637.[13]

A full list of publications can be found here


  1. ^ "Current Biology Q and A" (PDF). Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sara J. Shettleworth" (PDF). University of Toronto. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Program
  4. ^ People in the Shettleworth Lab
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-03-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-05-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science: Dr. Sara Shettleworth". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  8. ^ J., Shettleworth, Sara (2013). Fundamentals of comparative cognition (1st ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195343106. OCLC 772774131.
  9. ^ J., Shettleworth, Sara (2010). Cognition, evolution, and behavior (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199717811. OCLC 488647761.
  10. ^ Shettleworth, Sara J. (2012). "Do animals have insight, and what is insight anyway?". Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. 66 (4): 217–226. doi:10.1037/a0030674. ISSN 1878-7290.
  11. ^ Shettleworth, Sara J. (2010-11-01). "Clever animals and killjoy explanations in comparative psychology". Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 14 (11): 477–481. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2010.07.002. ISSN 1364-6613. PMID 20685155.
  12. ^ Sutton, Jennifer E.; Shettleworth, Sara J. (2008). "Memory without awareness: Pigeons do not show metamemory in delayed matching to sample". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 34 (2): 266–282. doi:10.1037/0097-7403.34.2.266. ISSN 1939-2184.
  13. ^ Cheng, Ken; Shettleworth, Sara J.; Huttenlocher, Janellen; Rieser, John J. (2007). "Bayesian integration of spatial information". Psychological Bulletin. 133 (4): 625–637. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.133.4.625. ISSN 1939-1455.

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