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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Recent Submissions

  • Mate choice intensifies motor signalling in Drosophila 

    Debelle, Allan; Courtiol, Alexandre; Ritchie, Michael G.; Snook, Rhonda R. (2017-11) - Journal article
    Mate choice has the potential to act on the evolution of motor performance via its direct influence on motor sexual signals. However, studies demonstrating this are rare. Here, we performed an in-depth analysis of Drosophila ...
  • Wild chimpanzees select tool material based on efficiency and knowledge 

    Lamon, Noemie; Neumann, Christof; Gier, Jennifer; Zuberbühler, Klaus; Gruber, Thibaud (2018-10-10) - Journal article
    Some animals have basic culture, but to date there is not much evidence that cultural traits evolve as part of a cumulative process as seen in humans. This may be due to limits in animal physical cognition, such as an ...
  • Riverside wren pairs jointly defend their territories against simulated intruders 

    Quirós-Guerrero, Esmeralda; João Janeiro, Maria; Lopez-Morales, Marvin; Cresswell, Will; Templeton, Christopher N. (2017-12) - Journal article
    Duets are a jointly produced signal where two or more individuals coordinate their vocalizations by overlapping or alternating their songs. Duets are used in a wide array of contexts within partnerships, ranging from ...
  • Alzheimer's disease in humans and other animals : a consequence of postreproductive life span and longevity rather than aging 

    Gunn-Moore, Danielle; Kaidanovich-Beilin, Oksana; Gallego Iradi, Maria Carolina; Gunn-Moore, Frank; Lovestone, Simon (2018-02) - Journal article
    Introduction Alzheimer's disease and diabetes mellitus are linked by epidemiology, genetics, and molecular pathogenesis. They may also be linked by the remarkable observation that insulin signaling sets the limits on ...
  • Gliotransmission and adenosinergic modulation : insights from mammalian spinal motor networks 

    Acton, David; Miles, Gareth Brian (2017-12) - Journal item
    Astrocytes are proposed to converse with neurons at tripartite synapses, detecting neurotransmitter release and responding with release of gliotransmitters, which in turn modulate synaptic strength and neuronal excitability. ...

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