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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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Innovation and cumulative culture through tweaks and leaps in online programming contests 

    Miu, Elena; Gulley, Ned; Laland, Kevin N.; Rendell, Luke (2018-06-13) - Journal article
    The ability to build progressively on the achievements of earlier generations is central to human uniqueness, but experimental investigations of this cumulative cultural evolution lack real-world complexity. Here, we studied ...
  • Chimpanzees, bonobos and children successfully coordinate in conflict situations 

    Sánchez-Amaro, Alejandro; Duguid, Shona; Call, Josep; Tomasello, Michael (2017-06-14) - Journal article
    Social animals need to coordinate with others to reap the benefits of group-living even when individuals' interests are misaligned. We compare how chimpanzees, bonobos and children coordinate their actions with a conspecific ...
  • Beluga whales in the western Beaufort Sea : current state of knowledge on timing, distribution, habitat use and environmental drivers 

    Stafford, Kathleen M.; Ferguson, Megan C.; Hauser, Donna D. W.; Okkonen, Stephen R.; Berchok, Catherine L.; Citta, John J.; Clarke, Janet T.; Garland, Ellen C.; Jones, Joshua; Suydam, Robert S. (2016-12-02) - Journal article
    The seasonal and geographic patterns in the distribution, residency, and density of two populations (Chukchi and Beaufort) of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) were examined using data from aerial surveys, passive ...

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