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

  • Chimpanzees demonstrate persistent individual differences in social information use 

    Watson, Stuart K.; Vale, Gillian L.; Hopper, Lydia M.; Dean, Lewis G.; Kendal, Rachel L.; Price, Elizabeth E.; Wood, Lara A.; Davis, Sarah J.; Schapiro, Steven J.; Lambeth, Susan P.; Whiten, Andrew (2018-06-19) - Journal article
    Studies of transmission biases in social learning have greatly informed our understanding of how behaviour patterns may diffuse through animal populations, yet within-species inter-individual variation in social information ...
  • Quantifying uncertainty due to fission–fusion dynamics as a component of social complexity 

    Ramos-Fernandez, Gabriel; King, Andrew J.; Beehner, Jacinta C.; Bergman, Thore J.; Crofoot, Margaret C.; Di Fiore, Anthony; Lehmann, Julia; Schaffner, Colleen M.; Snyder-Mackler, Noah; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Aureli, Filippo; Boyer, Denis (2018-05-30) - Journal article
    Groups of animals (including humans) may showflexible grouping patterns, in which temporary aggregations or subgroups come together and split, changing composition over short temporal scales, (i.e. fission and fusion). A ...
  • Chimpanzee culture extends beyond matrilineal family units 

    van Leeuwen, Edwin J. C.; Mundry, Roger; Cronin, Katherine A.; Bodamer, Mark; Haun, Daniel B. M. (2017-06-19) - Journal article
    The “grooming handclasp” (GHC) is one of the most well-established cultural traditions in chimpanzees. A recent study by Wrangham et al. [1] reduced the cultural scope of GHC behavior by showing that GHC-style convergence ...
  • Young children fail to generate an additive ratchet effect in an open-ended construction task 

    Reindl, Eva; Tennie, Claudio (2018-06-18) - Journal article
    The ratchet effect–the gradual accumulation of changes within a cultural trait beyond a level that individuals can achieve on their own–arguably rests on two key cognitive abilities: high-fidelity social learning and ...
  • Preschool children and chimpanzees incur costs to watch punishment of antisocial others 

    Mendes, Natacha; Steinbeis, Nikolaus; Bueno-Guerra, Nereida; Call, Josep; Singer, Tania (2018-01) - Journal article
    When misfortune befalls another, humans may feel distress, leading to a motivation to escape. When such misfortune is perceived as justified, however, it may be experienced as rewarding and lead to motivation to witness ...

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