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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  • Familiarity with own population's appearance influences facial preferences 

    Batres, Carlota; Kannan, Mallini; Perrett, David Ian (2017-05-18) - Journal article
    Previous studies have found that, in Malaysia and in El Salvador, individuals from rural areas prefer heavier women than individuals from urban areas. Several explanations have been proposed to explain these differences ...
  • Physical constraints of cultural evolution of dialects in killer whales 

    Filatova, Olga A.; Samarra, Filipa I. P.; Barrett-Lennard, Lance G.; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Ford, John K. B.; Yurk, Harald; Matkin, Craig O.; Hoyt, Erich (2016-11-17) - Journal article
    Odontocete sounds are produced by two pairs of phonic lips situated in soft nares below the blowhole; the right pair is larger and is more likely to produce clicks, while the left pair is more likely to produce whistles. ...
  • Young children discriminate genuine from fake smiles and expect people displaying genuine smiles to be more prosocial 

    Song, Ruiting; Over, Harriet; Carpenter, Malinda (2016-11) - Journal article
    We investigated when young children become sensitive to one evolutionary important signal of honest affiliative and cooperative intent: a genuine (Duchenne) smile. Altogether, we tested 168 children between 2 and 5 years ...
  • Hoo are you? Tits do not respond to novel predators as threats 

    Carlson, Nora V.; Healy, Susan D.; Templeton, Christopher N. (2017-06) - Journal article
    To combat the threat of predation, prey species have developed a variety of ways to recognize and respond appropriately to novel predators. While there is evidence that predator recognition does not require learning in ...
  • Are apes essentialists? Scope and limits of psychological essentialism in great apes 

    Cacchione, Trix; Hrubesch, Christine; Call, Josep; Rakoczy, Hannes (2016-09) - Journal article
    Human reasoning is characterized by psychological essentialism (Gelman, 2003): when reasoning about objects we distinguish between deep essential properties defining the object’s kind and identity, and merely superficial ...

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