Dr Sarah-Jane Vick is the Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Stirling, UK. Her primary research interest is the evolution of communication and cognition, focusing on the role of gaze, facial expression and gestural communication in primates. Vick is part of the research team which modified Facial Action Coding System (FACS) for use with chimpanzees.
Vick is a member of the Behaviour and Evolution Research Group (BERG), the Scottish Primate Research Group, and the International Society for Anthrozoology. Council member for the British Science Association Psychology Section Committee and member of the Primate Society of Great Britain.
In 2012, Sarah-Jane Vick collaborated with artist Rachel Mayeri to make Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, testing different styles and genres of film to gauge chimp’s responses, discussing issues around cognition and communication in research primates. This film was first featured at Edinburgh Art Festival 2012, in association with Arts Catalyst.