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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Recent Submissions

  • Social learning about construction behaviour via an artefact 

    Breen, Alexis J.; Bonneaud, Clémence C.; Healy, Susan D.; Guillette, Lauren Mary (2019-02-14) - Journal article
    One source of public information may be the enduring products of others’ behaviour, such as discarded tools or vacated nests. Here, we examined whether observation of a nest affects the material captive zebra finch males ...
  • Orangutans (Pongo abelii) make flexible decisions relative to reward quality and tool functionality in a multi-dimensional tool-use task 

    Laumer, Isabelle B.; Auersperg, Alice M. I.; Bugnyar, Thomas; Call, Josep (2019-02-13) - Journal article
    Making economic decisions in a natural foraging situation that involves the use of tools, may require an animal to consider more levels of relational complexity than merely deciding between an immediate and a delayed food ...
  • Vestigial singing behaviour persists after the evolutionary loss of song in crickets 

    Schneider, Will; Rutz, Christian; Hedwig, Berthold; Bailey, Nathan W. (2018-02-14) - Journal article
    The evolutionary loss of sexual traits is widely predicted. Because sexual signals can arise from the coupling of specialized motor activity with morphological structures, disruption to a single component could lead to ...
  • Raw-material selectivity in hook-tool-crafting New Caledonian crows 

    Klump, Barbara Christina; Cantat, Mathieu; Rutz, Christian (2019-02) - Journal article
    Animals that manufacture foraging tools face the challenge of identifying suitable raw materials among a multitude of options. New Caledonian crows exhibit strong population-specific material preferences for the manufacture ...
  • Assessing host-virus codivergence for close relatives of Merkel cell polyomavirus infecting African great apes 

    Madinda, Nadège F.; Ehlers, Bernhard; Wertheim, Joel O.; Akoua-Koffi, Chantal; Bergl, Richard A.; Boesch, Christophe; Akonkwa, Dieudonné Boji Mungu; Eckardt, Winnie; Fruth, Barbara; Gillespie, Thomas R.; Gray, Maryke; Hohmann, Gottfried; Karhemere, Stomy; Kujirakwinja, Deo; Langergraber, Kevin; Muyembe, Jean Jacques; Nishuli, Radar; Pauly, Maude; Petrzelkova, Klara J.; Robbins, Martha M.; Todd, Angelique; Schubert, Grit; Stoinski, Tara S.; Wittig, Roman M.; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Peeters, Martine; Leendertz, Fabian H.; Calvignac-Spencer, Sébastien (2016-10) - Journal article
    It has long been hypothesized that polyomaviruses (PyV; family Polyomaviridae) codiverged with their animal hosts. In contrast, recent analyses suggested that codivergence may only marginally influence the evolution of ...

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