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

  • 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 ...
  • Assessment of health in human faces is context-dependent 

    Morgan, Kate V.; Morton, Andrew; Whitehead, Ross D.; Perrett, David I.; Hurly, T. Andrew; Healy, Susan D. (2016-04) - Journal article
    When making decisions between options, humans are expected to choose the option that returns the highest benefit. In practice, however, adding inferior alternatives to the choice set can alter these decisions. Here we ...
  • Knowing without knowing : implicit cognition and the minds of infants and animals 

    Gomez, Juan-Carlos; Kersken, Verena Angela; Ball, Derek Nelson; Seed, Amanda Madeleine (2017-02-06) - Journal article
    The main aim of this paper is to highlight the need to address the conceptual problem of “implicit knowledge” or “implicit cognition” —a notion especially important in the study of the nonverbal minds of animals and infants. ...
  • Sensitivity to relational similarity and object similarity in apes and children 

    Christie, Stella; Gentner, Dedre; Call, Josep; Haun, Daniel (2016-02-22) - Journal article
    Relational reasoning is a hallmark of sophisticated cognition in humans [1,2]. Does it exist in other primates? Despite some affirmative answers [3-11], there appears to be a wide gap in relational ability between humans ...
  • Skin temperature changes in wild chimpanzees upon hearing vocalizations of conspecifics 

    Dezecache, Guillaume; Zuberbuhler, Klaus; Davila-Ross, Marina; Dahl, Christoph D. (2017-01-25) - Journal article
    A growing trend of research using infra-red thermography (IRT) has shown that changes in skin temperature, associated with activity of the autonomic nervous system, can be reliably detected in human and non-human animals. ...

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