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

  • Women’s facial redness increases their perceived attractiveness : mediation through perceived healthiness 

    Pazda, Adam D.; Thorstenson, Christopher A.; Elliot, Andrew J.; Perrett, David I. (2016-07-01) - Journal article
    In the present research, we investigated whether the red-attraction relation that has been observed for men viewing women may also be observed with regard to women’s facial redness. We manipulated facial redness by slightly ...
  • Travel fosters tool use in wild chimpanzees 

    Gruber, Thibaud; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Neumann, Christof (2016-07-19) - Journal article
    Ecological variation influences the appearance and maintenance of tool use in animals, either due to necessity or opportunity, but little is known about the relative importance of these two factors. Here, we combined ...
  • Body density and diving gas volume of the northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) 

    Miller, Patrick; Narazaki, Tomoko; Isojunno, Saana; Suzuki, Kagari; Smout, Sophie Caroline; Sato, Katsufumi (2016-08-17) - Journal article
    Diving lung volume and tissue density, reflecting lipid store volume, are important physiological parameters that have only been estimated for a few breath-hold diving species. We fitted 12 northern bottlenose whales with ...
  • Cognitive differences between orang-utan species: a test of the cultural intelligence hypothesis 

    Forss, Sofia I. F.; Willems, Erik; Call, Josep; van Schaik, Carel P. (2016-07-28) - Journal article
    Cultural species can-or even prefer to-learn their skills from conspecifics. According to the cultural intelligence hypothesis, selection on underlying mechanisms not only improves this social learning ability but also the ...
  • Tool bending in New Caledonian crows 

    Rutz, Christian; Sugasawa, Shoko; van der Wal, Jessica Eva Megan; Klump, Barbara Christina; St Clair, James (2016-08) - Journal article
    ‘Betty’ the New Caledonian crow astonished the world, when she ‘spontaneously’ bent straight pieces of garden wire into hooked foraging tools. Recent field experiments have revealed that tool bending is part of the species’ ...

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