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

  • Effects of landmark distance and stability on accuracy of reward relocation 

    Pritchard, David James; Hurly, T. Andrew; Healy, Susan Denise (2015-07) - Journal article
    Although small-scale navigation is well studied in a wide range of species, much of what is known about landmark use by vertebrates is based on laboratory experiments. To investigate how vertebrates in the wild use landmarks, ...
  • Discrimination of fast click series produced by tagged Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) for echolocation or communication 

    Arranz Alonso, P.; DeRuiter, S. L.; Stimpert, A. K.; Neves, Silvana; Friedlaender, A. S.; Goldbogen, J. A.; Visser, F.; Calambokidis, J.; Southall, B. L.; Tyack, P. L. (2016-07-08) - Journal article
    Early studies that categorized odontocete pulsed sounds had few means of discriminating signals used for biosonar-based foraging from those used for communication. This capability to identify the function of sounds is ...
  • Nest-building males trade off material collection costs with territory value 

    Bailey, Ida E.; Morgan, Kate V.; Oschadleus, H. Dieter; DeRuiter, Stacy L.; Meddle, Simone L.; Healy, Susan D. (2016-01-25) - Journal article
    Building a structurally robust nest is crucial for reproductive success in many birds. However, we know little about the criteria birds use to select material or where they go to collect it. Here we observed the material ...
  • Disturbance-specific social responses in long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas 

    Visser, Fleur; Curé, Charlotte; Kvadsheim, Petter H.; Lam, Frans-Peter A.; Tyack, Peter L.; Miller, Patrick J O (2016-06-29) - Journal article
    Social interactions among animals can influence their response to disturbance. We investigated responses of long-finned pilot whales to killer whale sound playbacks and two anthropogenic sources of disturbance: Tagging ...
  • The origins of language in teaching 

    Laland, Kevin N. (2016-07-01) - Journal article
    I introduce seven criteria for determining the validity of competing theories for the original function of language. I go on to present a novel explanation that meets all the criteria: language originally evolved to teach ...

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