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

  • Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication 

    Heesen, Raphaela; Hobaiter, Catherine; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Semple, Stuart (2019-02-13) - Journal article
    Studies testing linguistic laws outside language have provided important insights into the organization of biological systems. For example, patterns consistent with Zipf's law of abbreviation (which predicts a negative ...
  • Wild hummingbirds require a consistent view of landmarks to pinpoint a goal location 

    Pritchard, David J.; Hurly, T. Andrew; Healy, Susan D. (2018-03) - Journal article
    One outcome of the extensive work on the ways that birds and insects use visual landmarks to return to a rewarded location is that they use landmarks differently. But this conclusion may have been reached because the almost ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Development of object manipulation in wild chimpanzees 

    Lamon, Noemie; Neumann, Christof; Zuberbuhler, Klaus (2018-01) - Journal article
    Chimpanzees’ natural propensity to explore and play with objects is likely to be an important precursor of tool use. Manipulating objects provides individuals with pivotal perceptual-motor experience when interacting with ...

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