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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  • Evidence suggests vocal production learning in a cross-fostered Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) 

    Favaro, Livio; Neves, Silvana; Furlati, Stefano; Pessani, Daniela; Martin, Vidal; Janik, Vincent M. (2016-07) - Journal article
    Vocal learning is a rare skill in mammals, and we have limited information about the contexts in which they use it. Previous studies suggested that cetaceans in general are skilled at imitating sounds, but only few species ...
  • Come dine with me : food-associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) 

    King, Stephanie Laura; Janik, Vincent M. (2015-07) - Journal article
    Food-related signalling is widespread in the animal kingdom with some food-associated vocalizations considered functionally referential. Food calls can, however, vary greatly in the type of information they convey. Thus, ...
  • Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively 

    Webster, Michael Munro; Whalen, Andrew Carl Zanton; Laland, Kevin Neville (2017-04-18) - Journal article
    Access to information is a key advantage of grouping. While experienced animals can lead others to solve problems, less is known about whether partially informed individuals can pool experiences to overcome challenges ...
  • Function and flexibility of object exploration in kea and new caledonian crows 

    Lambert, Megan L.; Schiestl, Martina; Schwing, Raoul; Taylor, Alex H.; Gajdon, Gyula K.; Slocombe, Katie E.; Seed, Amanda M. (2017-09-27) - Journal article
    A range of non-human animals frequently manipulate and explore objects in their environment, which may enable them to learn about physical properties and potentially form more abstract concepts of properties such as weight ...
  • Emotion-color associations in the context of the face 

    Thorstenson, Christopher A.; Elliot, Andrew J.; Pazda, Adam D.; Perrett, David Ian; Xiao, Dengke (2017-06-21) - Journal article
    Facial expressions of emotion contain important information that is perceived and used by observers to understand others’ emotional state. While there has been considerable research into perceptions of facial musculature ...

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