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

  • Pyow-hack revisited : two analyses of putty-nosed monkey alarm calls 

    Schlenker, Philippe; Chemla, Emmanuel; Arnold, Kate; Zuberbuehler, Klaus (2016-02) - Journal article
    Male putty-nosed monkeys have two main alarm calls, pyows and hacks. While pyows have a broad distribution suggestive of a general call, hacks are often indicative of eagles. In a series of articles, Arnold and Zuberbühler ...
  • Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orang-utans 

    Damerius, Laura A.; Forss, Sofia I. F.; Kosonen, Zaida K.; Willems, Erik P.; Burkart, Judith M.; Call, Josep; Galdikas, Birute M.; Liebal, Katja; Haun, Daniel B.; van Schaik, Carel P. (2017-01-09) - Journal article
    Non-human animals sometimes show marked intraspecific variation in their cognitive abilities that may reflect variation in external inputs and experience during the developmental period. We examined variation in exploration ...
  • Exaggerated sexual swellings in female non-human primates are reliable signals of female fertility and body condition 

    Street, Sally; Cross, Catharine Penelope; Brown, Gillian Ruth (2016-02) - Journal article
    In some species of Old World monkeys and apes, females exhibit exaggerated swellings of the anogenital region that vary in size across the ovarian cycle. Exaggerated swellings are typically largest around the time of ...
  • Conservatism and "copy-if-better" in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) 

    van Leeuwen, Edwin J. C.; Call, Josep (2016-12-20) - Journal article
    Social learning is predicted to evolve in socially living animals provided the learning process is not random but biased by certain socio-ecological factors. One bias of particular interest for the emergence of (cumulative) ...
  • Why mutual helping in most natural systems is neither conflict-free nor based on maximal conflict 

    Bshary, Redouan; Zuberbuhler, Klaus; van Schaik, Carel (2016-02) - Journal article
    Mutual helping for direct benefits can be explained by various game theoretical models, which differ mainly in terms of the underlying conflict of interest between two partners. Conflict is minimal if helping is self-serving ...

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