The Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences is an interdisciplinary community of researchers who study the behaviour of human beings and other animals from cellular, neural, cognitive and evolutionary perspectives. The Institute brings together faculty members, research staff and students from the Schools of Biology, Psychology, Medicine and Chemistry, with the aim of fostering progress at interfaces of the behavioural and neural sciences.

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  • The development of adaptive conformity in young children : effects of uncertainty and consensus 

    Morgan, T.J.; Laland, K.N.; Harris, P.L. (2015-07) - Journal article
    Human culture relies on extensive use of social transmission, which must be integrated with independently acquired (i.e. asocial) information for effective decision-making. Formal evolutionary theory predicts that natural ...
  • DNA methylation and sex allocation in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis 

    Cook, Nicola; Pannebakker, Bart; Tauber, Eran; Shuker, David Michael (2015-10) - Journal article
    The role of epigenetics in the control and evolution of behavior is being increasingly recognized. Here we test whether DNA methylation influences patterns of adaptive sex allocation in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. ...
  • 3D camouflage : exploiting photons to conceal form 

    Penacchio, Olivier; Lovell, Paul George; Cuthill, Innes; Ruxton, Graeme Douglas; Harris, Julie (2015-10) - Journal article
    Many animals have a gradation of body color, termed countershading, where the areas that are typically exposed to more light are darker. One hypothesis is that this patterning enhances visual camouflage by making the retinal ...
  • The role of sexually dimorphic skin colour and shape in attractiveness of male faces 

    Carrito, M.L.; Santos, I.M.; Lefevre, Carmen Emilia; Whitehead, Ross David; Silva, C.F.; Perrett, David Ian (2015) - Journal article
    Evidence for attraction to sexually dimorphic features in male faces is inconsistent in the literature. Mixed results regarding facial masculinity and male attractiveness may arise partly from different influences of face ...
  • MLCut : exploring Multi-Level Cuts in dendrograms for biological data 

    Vogogias, Athanasios; Kennedy, Jessie; Archaumbault, Daniel; Smith, Victoria Anne; Currant, Hannah (Eurographics Association, 2016-09-16) - Conference item
    Choosing a single similarity threshold for cutting dendrograms is not sufficient for performing hierarchical clustering analysis of heterogeneous data sets. In addition, alternative automated or semi-automated methods that ...

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