Dr Karen Spencer:

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Dr Karen Spencer

Dr Karen Spencer
Psychology, St Mary's College
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JP

tel: 01334 46 2096

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I am currently the Co-Director of the Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences (

 I am interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms that underlie complex patterns of animal behaviour. Currently this involves integrating behavioural, physiological, endocrine and neuroendocrine approaches using avian species in both the field and laboratory. I currently head up the Mechanisms of Behaviour Research Group - check out our website for more info:


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Chronological age, biological age, and individual variation in the stress response in the European starling Annie Gott, Clare Andrews, Maria Larriva Hormigos, Karen Anne Spencer, Melissa Bateson, Daniel Nettle
PeerJ 2018 vol. 6
Glucocorticoid programming of neuroimmune function Karen Anne Spencer
General and Comparative Endocrinology 2018 vol. 256 pp. 80-88
Stress hormones, social associations and song learning in zebra finches Neeltje Janna Boogert, Karen Anne Spencer, Christopher Neal Templeton, Damien R Farine
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences 2018 vol. 373