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.

For more information please visit the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution home page.

Recent Submissions

  • How the harsh environment of an army training camp changes human (Homo sapiens) facial preferences 

    Batres, Carlota; Perrett, David I. (2017-01) - Journal article
    Previous studies suggest that facial preferences may be contingent on an individual’s environment, yet no study has traced how the preferences of the same individuals change as their environment changes. We therefore sought ...
  • Lack of behavioural responses of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) indicate limited effectiveness of sonar mitigation 

    Wensveen, Paul J.; Kvadsheim, Petter H.; Lam, Frans-Peter A.; von Benda-Beckmann, Alexander M.; Sivle, Lise D.; Visser, Fleur; Curé, Charlotte; Tyack, Peter L.; Miller, Patrick J. O. (2017-11-15) - Journal article
    Exposure to underwater sound can cause permanent hearing loss and other physiological effects in marine animals. To reduce this risk, naval sonars are sometimes gradually increased in intensity at the start of transmission ...
  • Sex differences in confidence influence patterns of conformity 

    Cross, Catharine P.; Brown, Gillian R.; Morgan, Thomas J. H.; Laland, Kevin N. (2017-11) - Journal article
    Lack of confidence in one's own ability can increase the likelihood of relying on social information. Sex differences in confidence have been extensively investigated in cognitive tasks, but implications for conformity ...
  • Skin colour changes during experimentally-induced sickness 

    Henderson, Audrey J.; Lasselin, Julie; Lekander, Mats; Olsson, Mats J; Powis, Simon J.; Axelsson, John; Perrett, David I. (2017-02) - Journal article
    Skin colour may be an important cue to detect sickness in humans but how skin colour changes with acute sickness is currently unknown. To determine possible colour changes, 22 healthy Caucasian participants were injected ...
  • Sex differences in performance on a cognitive bias task in Norway rats 

    Brown, Gillian Ruth; Cullum, Philippa; Martin, Stacey; Healy, Susan Denise (2016-12) - Journal article
    Cognitive biases, which are defined as distortions in cognitive processes that are influenced by a background emotional state, can provide information about an individual’s affective state. For instance, negative cognitive ...

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