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

  • Selective copying of the majority suggests children are broadly "optimal-" rather than "over-" imitators 

    Evans, Cara L.; Laland, Kevin N.; Carpenter, Malinda; Kendal, Rachel L (2017-12-17) - Journal article
    Human children, in contrast to other species, are frequently cast as prolific “over-imitators”. However, previous studies of “over-imitation” have overlooked many important real-world social dynamics, and may thus provide ...
  • Cohesion, order and information flow in the collective motion of mixed-species shoals 

    Ward, Ashley; Schaerf, Timothy; Burns, Alicia; Lizier, Joseph; Crosato, Emanuele; Prokopenko, Mikhail; Webster, Michael M. (2018-12-12) - Journal article
    Despite the frequency with which mixed-species groups are observed in nature, studies of collective behaviour typically focus on single-species groups. Here, we quantify and compare the patterns of interactions between ...
  • Chimpanzees’ understanding of social leverage 

    Sánchez-Amaro, Alejandro; Duguid, Shona; Call, Josep; Tomasello, Michael (2018-12-12) - Journal article
    Social primates can influence others through the control of resources. For instance, dominant male chimpanzees might allow subordinates access to mate with females in exchange for social support. However, little is known ...
  • What is a gesture? A meaning-based approach to defining gestural repertoires 

    Hobaiter, Catherine; Byrne, Richard W. (2017) - Journal item
    Current systems of categorizing ape gestures are typically subjective, relying on human intuition. We have systematized the features on which categorization depends (movement; body part; one/both limbs; use of detached ...
  • Causes and consequences of tool shape variation in New Caledonian crows 

    Sugasawa, Shoko; Klump, Barbara Christina; St Clair, James J. H.; Rutz, Christian (2017-12-18) - Journal article
    Hominins have been making tools for over three million years [1], yet the earliest known hooked tools appeared as recently as 90,000 years ago [2]. Hook innovation is likely to have boosted our ancestors’ hunting and fishing ...

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