The Centre brings together a unique group of researchers in the Schools of Biology and Psychology who share a distinctive set of common interests in the study of social learning, culture and cognitive evolution. Core activities include a joint seminar programme, the promotion of a scheme for both Senior and Junior Visiting Research Fellows and shared postgraduate training. Supplementary activities include the organisation of workshops and conferences.

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  • Remembering past exchanges : apes fail to use social cues 

    Lewis, Amy; Bernsten, Dorthe; Call, Josep (2018-02) - Journal article
    Nonhuman primates can remember events from their distant past. Furthermore, they can distinguish between very similar events by the process of binding. So far, research into long-term memory and binding has focused on the ...
  • Categorizing click trains to increase taxonomic precision in echolocation click loggers 

    Palmer, K. J.; Brookes, Kate; Rendell, Luke (2017-08) - Journal article
    Passive acoustic monitoring is an efficient way to study acoustically active animals but species identification remains a major challenge. C-PODs are popular logging devices that automatically detect odontocete echolocation ...
  • Do masculine men smell better? An association between skin color masculinity and female preferences for body odor 

    Carrito, Mariana L.; Santos, Isabel M.; Alho, Laura; Ferreira, Jacqueline; Soares, Sandra C.; Bem-Haja, Pedro; Silva, Carlos F.; Perrett, David I. (2017-03-01) - Journal article
    A recent study claimed face skin color as a sexually dimorphic variable that influences attractiveness preferences in mate choice. Thereby, skin color may assume the role of a mate quality signal influencing attractiveness ...
  • Socially transmitted diffusion of a novel behavior from subordinate chimpanzees 

    Watson, Stuart K.; Reamer, Lisa A.; Mareno, Mary Catherine; Vale, Gillian; Harrison, Rachel A.; Lambeth, Susan P.; Schapiro, Steven J.; Whiten, Andrew (2017-06) - Journal article
    Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) demonstrate much cultural diversity in the wild, yet a majority of novel behaviors do not become group-wide traditions. Since many such novel behaviors are introduced by low-ranking individuals, ...
  • Imitation of novel conspecific and human speech sounds in the killer whale (Orcinus orca) 

    Abramson, José Z.; Hernández-Lloreda, Victoria; García, Lino; Colmenares, Fernando; Aboitiz, Francisco; Call, Josep (2018-01-31) - Journal article
    Vocal imitation is a hallmark of human spoken language, which, along with other advanced cognitive skills, has fuelled the evolution of human culture. Comparative evidence has revealed that although the ability to copy ...

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