Peter L. Hurd, Professor.
Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs)
Department of Psychology, &
Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ph (office) : 780.492-3578
Ph (dry lab) : 780.492-5259
Ph (wet lab) : 780.492-8058
Fax (dept): 780.492-1768
Office: Biological Sciences Building, Room P-445
Office Hours: TBA
Honours Advising Office (BS-P 222C) Hours:
Honours Advising hours: TBA
Peter L. Hurd @ ResearchGate, ResearcherID, GoogleScholar
Research and Supervision in the Sex & Violence Lab:
Lab members conduct research in the broad areas of neuroscience, behavioural ecology, genetics and personality in both human and non-human animals. Personality-like traits that we are particularly interested in include aggressiveness and stress coping style. We are interested in how the developmental process of sexual differentiation produces personalities, brains, and bodies on a non-binary male-to-female spectrum, and how exposure to stressors early in life shapes adult personality and physiology.
Using both humans and cichlid fish as research subjects, members of my lab investigate the links between environmental influences, genes, hormones, brain and behaviour. My work has examined how individual variation in social behaviour:
- evolves — through the use of game theoretical models,
- is tied to genetic variation — through the use of molecular genetics,
- is tied to brain structure and function — using a variety of neuroscience techniques, and
- is influenced during development by environmental factors.
A write-up of some of my more recent-ish research can be found in this departmental researcher highlight, glib biographical academic profile, and an amusing older Prof of the Month interview. Some of my older research is profiled in this University press release, and coverage of some of my grad student, Allie Bailey's, work. More coverage by of the same work by the BBC, the New York Times, Discover Magazine, Scientific American Mind, National Geographic and Jay Leno.
Teaching and Advising:
A list of courses I have taught, some words about my teaching philosophy etc. are on my Teaching Page, a collection of gathered wisdom for students on the general topic of learning and scholarship can be found on my Page of Assorted Cruft.
Science Honours Advising: By appointment.
- Robinson KJ, Hurd PL, Read S, Crespi BJ. (2016). The PCSK6 gene is associated with handedness, the autism spectrum, and magical ideation in a non-clinical population. Neuropsychologica 84:205-212. (doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.02.020).
- Crespi BJ, Leach E, Dinsdale NR, Mokkonen M, Hurd PL. (2016). Imagination in human social cognition, autism, and psychotic-affective conditions. Cognition 150:181-199. (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.02.001).
- Moscicki MK, Hurd PL. (2015). Sex, boldness, and stress experience affect Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) open field behaviour. Animal Behaviour 107:105-114. (doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.05.027)
- Crespi BJ, Hurd PL. (2015). Genetically based correlates of serum oxytocin and testosterone in autism and schizotypy. Personality and Individual Differences 79:39-43. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.01.052)
- Baron DM, Ramirez AJ, Bulitko V, Madan CR, Greiner A, Hurd PL, Spetch ML. (2015). Practice makes proficient: Pigeons (Columba livia) learn efficient routes on full-circuit navigational traveling salesperson problems. Animal Cognition 18:53-64. (doi:10.1007/s10071-014-0776-6)
- Crespi BJ, Hurd PL. (2014). Cognitive-behavioral phenotypes of Williams syndrome are associated with genetic variation in the GTF2I gene, in a healthy population. BMC Neuroscience 15:127. (doi:10.1186/s12868-014-0127-1)
- Hofmann HA, Beery AK, Blumstein DT, Couzin ID, Earley RL, Hayes LD, Hurd PL, Lacey EA, Phelps SM, Solomon NG, Taborsky M, Young LJ, Rubenstein DR. (2014). An evolutionary framework for studying mechanisms of social behavior. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:581–589. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.008)
- Nesjan E, Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Cameron JR, Merrigan S, Wylie DR, Hurd PL. (2014). Social status and GnRH soma size in female convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciatus). Behavioural Brain Research 272:205-208. (doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2014.06.028)
- Leach EL, Prefontaine G, Hurd PL, Crespi BJ. (2014). The imprinted gene LRRTM1 mediates schizotypy and handedness in a nonclinical population. Journal of Human Genetics 59: 332-336. (doi:10.1038/jhg.2014.30)
- Özener B, Hurd PL, Duyar İ. (2014). Inbreeding is associated with lower 2D:4D digit ratio. American Journal of Human Biology 26:183-188. (doi:10.1002/ajhb.22491)
- Helgesen IM, Hamblin S, Hurd PL, (2013). Does cheating pay? Reexamining the evolution of deception in a conventional signaling game. Animal Behaviour 86: 1215-1224. (doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.09.023)
- Thompson GJ, Hurd PL, Crespi BJ. (2013). Genes underlying altruism. Biology Letters 9: 20130395. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0395)
- Leach EL, Hurd PL, Crespi BJ. (2013). Schizotypy, cognitive performance, and genetic risk for schizophrenia in a non-clinical population. Personality and Individual Differences 55: 334-338. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.03.010).
- Reddon AR & Hurd PL. (2013). Water pH during early development influences sex ratio and male morph in a West African cichlid fish, Pelvicachromis pulcher. Zoology 116: 139-143. (doi:10.1016/j.zool.2012.11.001) (Issue Cover).
- Dinsdale NL, Hurd PL, Wakabayashi A, Elliot MG, Crespi BJ. (2013). How are autism and schizotypy related? Evidence from a non-clinical population. PLoS One 8(5): e6331. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063316)
- Chee SA, Espinoza WAS, Iwaniuk AN, Pakan JM, Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Wylie DR, Hurd PL (2013). Social status, breeding state, and GnRH soma size in convict cichlids (Cryptoheros nigrofasciatus). Behavioural Brain Research 237: 318–324. (doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2012.09.023)
- Vaillancourt KL, Dinsdale NL, Hurd PL (2012). Estrogen Receptor 1 promoter polymorphism and digit ratio in men. The American Journal of Human Biology 24: 682–689. (doi:10.1002/ajhb.22297)
- Moscicki MK, Reddon AR, Hurd PL (2011). Lateralized behaviour of a non-social cichlid fish (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) in a social and a non-social environment. Behavioral Processes 88: 27–32. (doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.07.004)
- Dinsdale NL, Reddon AR, Hurd PL (2011). Sex differences in the relationship between aggressiveness and the strength of handedness in Humans. Laterality. 16: 385-400. (doi:10.1080/13576501003683087)
- Hurd PL, Vaillancourt K, Dinsdale NL (2011). Aggression, digit ratio and variation in Androgen Receptor and Monoamine Oxidase A genes in men. Behavior Genetics 41: 543-556. (doi:10.1007/s10519-010-9404-7)
- Gutiérrez-Ibáñez C, Reddon AR, Kreuzer MB, Wylie DR, Hurd PL. (2011). Variation in asymmetry of the habenular nucleus correlates with behavioural asymmetry in a cichlid fish. Behavioural Brain Research. 221: 189-196. (doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.001)
- Guillette LM, Bailey AA, Reddon AR, Hurd PL, Sturdy CB, 2010. Capture order is repeatable in chickadees. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 23: 216-224. (pdf)
- Enquist M, Hurd PL & Ghirlanda S. 2010. Signalling, Chapter 16, in Westneat DF & Fox CW (eds) Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, Oxford University Press. pp 266-284.
- Hurd PL. 2010. Honest Signaling. In Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Breed MD & Moore J (eds.). pp 84-88. Academic Press: Oxford.