The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK. Our research is broadly organised around 5 research themes, namely human cognition, neuroscience, origins of mind, perception, and social psychology, with many members of the School carrying out research in more than one theme. Researchers from the School also contribute to numerous interdisciplinary research centres and institutes.

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Recent Submissions

  • Selective copying of the majority suggests children are broadly "optimal-" rather than "over-" imitators 

    Evans, Cara L.; Laland, Kevin N.; Carpenter, Malinda; Kendal, Rachel L (2017-12-17) - Journal article
    Human children, in contrast to other species, are frequently cast as prolific “over-imitators”. However, previous studies of “over-imitation” have overlooked many important real-world social dynamics, and may thus provide ...
  • Chimpanzees’ understanding of social leverage 

    Sánchez-Amaro, Alejandro; Duguid, Shona; Call, Josep; Tomasello, Michael (2018-12-12) - Journal article
    Social primates can influence others through the control of resources. For instance, dominant male chimpanzees might allow subordinates access to mate with females in exchange for social support. However, little is known ...
  • What is a gesture? A meaning-based approach to defining gestural repertoires 

    Hobaiter, Catherine; Byrne, Richard W. (2017) - Journal item
    Current systems of categorizing ape gestures are typically subjective, relying on human intuition. We have systematized the features on which categorization depends (movement; body part; one/both limbs; use of detached ...
  • Spontaneous social tool use in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) 

    Schweinfurth, Manon K.; Detroy, Sarah E.; Van Leeuwen, Edwin J. C.; Call, Josep; Haun, Daniel B. M. (2018-11-12) - Journal article
    Although there is good evidence that social animals show elaborate cognitive skills to deal with others, there are few reports of animals physically using social agents and their respective responses as means to an end—social ...
  • Machiavellian Intelligence retrospective 

    Byrne, Richard W. (2018-11-18) - Journal article
    Thirty years on from the publication of Machiavellian Intelligence (Byrne & Whiten, 1988), it is time to consider how the ideas in it have influenced understanding of the evolution of intelligence, how they have been tested ...

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