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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  • Social learning in the real-world : ‘over-imitation’ occurs in both children and adults unaware of participation in an experiment and independently of social interaction 

    Whiten, David Andrew; Allan, Gillian; Devlin, Siobhan; Kseib, Natalie; Raw, Nicola; McGuigan, Nicola (2016-07-28) - Journal article
    The current study avoided the typical laboratory context to determine instead whether over-imitation—the disposition to copy even visibly, causally unnecessary actions—occurs in a real-world context in which participants ...
  • 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, ...
  • Willing to be involved in cancer 

    Gunn-Moore, Francis James; Tilston-Lunel, Andrew Martin; Reynolds, Paul Andrew (2016-07-18) - Journal item
    Genome sequencing is now a common procedure, but prior to this, screening experiments using protein baits was one of the routinely used methods that, occasionally, allowed the identification of new gene products. One such ...
  • 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 ...
  • The genome and methylome of a beetle with complex social behavior, Nicrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera: Silphidae) 

    Cunningham, Christopher B.; Ji, Lexiang; Wiberg, R. Axel W.; Shelton, Jennifer; McKinney, Elizabeth C.; Parker, Darren J.; Meagher, Richard B.; Benowitz, Kyle M.; Roy-Zokan, Eileen M.; Ritchie, Michael G.; Brown, Susan J.; Schmitz, Robert J.; Moore, Allen J. (2015-12-01) - Journal article
    Testing for conserved and novel mechanisms underlying phenotypic evolution requires a diversity of genomes available for comparison spanning multiple independent lineages. For example, complex social behavior in insects ...

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