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

  • Experimental field studies to measure behavioral responses of cetaceans to sonar 

    Southall, Brandon L.; Nowacek, Douglas P.; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Tyack, Peter L. (2016-12-06) - Journal item
    Substantial recent progress has been made in directly measuring behavioral responses of free-ranging marine mammals to sound using controlled exposure experiments. Many studies were motivated by concerns about observed and ...
  • The challenges of analyzing behavioral response study data : an overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean acoustics Human effects Analysis) project 

    Harris, Catriona M; Thomas, Len; Sadykova, Dinara; De Ruiter, Stacy Lynn; Tyack, Peter Lloyd; Southall, Brandon L.; Read, Andrew J.; Miller, Patrick (Springer Science and Business Media, 2016) - Conference item
    This paper describes the MOCHA project which aims to develop novel approaches for the analysis of data collected during Behavioral Response Studies (BRSs). BRSs are experiments aimed at directly quantifying the effects of ...
  • Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny 

    Vellend, Mark; Dornelas, Maria; Baeten, Lander; Beauséjour, Robin; Brown, Carissa D.; De Frenne, Pieter; Elmendorf, Sarah C.; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Moyes, Faye; Myers-Smith, Isla H.; Magurran, Anne E.; McGill, Brian J.; Shimadzu, Hideyasu; Sievers, Caya (2016-11-08) - Journal article
    We present new data and analyses revealing fundamental flaws in a critique of two recent meta-analyses of local-scale temporal biodiversity change. First, the conclusion that short-term time series lead to biased estimates ...
  • Inducing cold-sensitivity in the frigophilic fly Drosophila montana by RNAi 

    Vigoder, Felipe M.; Parker, Darren James; Cook, Nicola; Tournière, Océane; Sneddon, Tanya; Ritchie, Michael Gordon (2016-11-10) - Journal article
    Cold acclimation is a critical physiological adaptation for coping with seasonal cold. By increasing their cold tolerance individuals can remain active for longer at the onset of winter and can recover more quickly from a ...
  • Deep-brain photoreception links luminance detection to motor output in Xenopus frog tadpoles 

    Currie, Stephen Paul; Doherty, Gayle Helane; Sillar, Keith Thomas (2016-05-10) - Journal article
    Non-visual photoreceptors are widely distributed in the retina and brain but their roles in animal behaviour remain poorly understood. Here we document a novel form of deep-brain photoreception in Xenopus laevis frog ...

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