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

  • Eye tracking uncovered great apes' ability to anticipate that other individuals will act according to false beliefs 

    Kano, Fumihiro; Krupenye, Christopher; Hirata, Satoshi; Call, Josep (2017-03-01) - Journal article
    Using a novel eye-tracking test, we recently showed that great apes anticipate that other individuals will act according to false beliefs. This finding suggests that, like humans, great apes understand others' false beliefs, ...
  • Extended spider cognition 

    Japyassú, Hilton F.; Laland, Kevin Neville (2017-02-07) - Journal item
    There is a tension between the conception of cognition as a central nervous system (CNS) process, and a view of cognition as extending towards the body or the contiguous environment. The centralised conception requires ...
  • Discovery of species-wide tool use in the Hawaiian crow 

    Rutz, Christian; Klump, Barbara Christina; Komarczyk, Lisa; Leighton, Rosanna; Kramer, Joshua; Wischnewski, Saskia; Sugasawa, Shoko; Morrissey, Michael Blair; James, Richard; St Clair, James; Switzer, Richard A.; Masuda, Bryce M. (2016-09-15) - Journal article
    Only a handful of bird species are known to use foraging tools in the wild1. Amongst them, the New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides) stands out with its sophisticated tool-making skills2, 3. Despite considerable ...
  • The coevolution of innovation and technical intelligence in primates 

    Navarrete Rodriguez, Ana Francisca; Reader, Simon M.; Street, Sally E.; Whalen, Andrew; Laland, Kevin N. (2016-03) - Journal article
    In birds and primates, the frequency of behavioural innovation has been shown to covary with absolute and relative brain size, leading to the suggestion that large brains allow animals to innovate, and/or that selection ...
  • The evolution of social learning mechanisms and cultural phenomena in group foragers 

    van der Post, Daniel J.; Franz, Mathias; Laland, Kevin N. (2017-02-10) - Journal article
    Background:  Advanced cognitive abilities are widely thought to underpin cultural traditions and cumulative cultural change. In contrast, recent simulation models have found that basic social influences on learning suffice ...

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