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Sara Shettleworth is an American born, Canadian experimental psychologist and zoologist. Her research focusses on animal cognition. She is a professor of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto.

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.[1] Her research has been supported continuously since 1974 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.[2]

Shettleworth was honoured by the Comparative Cognition Society at their 2008 annual meeting for her contributions to the study of animal cognition.[3] In 2012 the Canadian Society For Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science honoured her with the Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award.[4]


  • Shettleworth, S. J. 1998. Cognition, Evolution and Behavior, 1st edn. New York: Oxford University Press. (2nd edn., 2009).

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