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

  • Is countershading camouflage robust to lighting change due to weather? 

    Penacchio, Olivier; Lovell, P. George; Harris, Julie M. (2018-02-07) - Journal article
    Countershading is a pattern of colouration thought to have evolved in order to implement camouflage. By adopting a pattern of colouration that makes the surface facing towards the sun darker and the surface facing away ...
  • Do masculine men smell better? An association between skin color masculinity and female preferences for body odor 

    Carrito, Mariana L.; Santos, Isabel M.; Alho, Laura; Ferreira, Jacqueline; Soares, Sandra C.; Bem-Haja, Pedro; Silva, Carlos F.; Perrett, David I. (2017-03-01) - Journal article
    A recent study claimed face skin color as a sexually dimorphic variable that influences attractiveness preferences in mate choice. Thereby, skin color may assume the role of a mate quality signal influencing attractiveness ...
  • Socially transmitted diffusion of a novel behavior from subordinate chimpanzees 

    Watson, Stuart K.; Reamer, Lisa A.; Mareno, Mary Catherine; Vale, Gillian; Harrison, Rachel A.; Lambeth, Susan P.; Schapiro, Steven J.; Whiten, Andrew (2017-06) - Journal article
    Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) demonstrate much cultural diversity in the wild, yet a majority of novel behaviors do not become group-wide traditions. Since many such novel behaviors are introduced by low-ranking individuals, ...
  • 17ß-Estradiol protects against the effects of a high fat diet on cardiac glucose, lipid and nitric oxide metabolism in rats 

    Zafirovic, Sonja; Obradovic, Milan; Sudar-Milovanovic, Emina; Jovanovic, Aleksandra; Stanimirovic, Julijana; Stewart, Alan J.; Pitt, Samantha J.; Isenovic, Esma R. (2017-05-05) - Journal article
    The aim of this study was to investigate the in vivo effects of estradiol (E2) on myocardial metabolism and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression/activity in obese rats. Male Wistar rats were fed with a normal ...
  • Wild hummingbirds can use the geometry of a flower array 

    Hornsby, Mark A. W.; Healy, Susan D.; Hurly, T. Andrew (2017-06) - Journal article
    Animals use cues from their environment to orient in space and to navigate their surroundings. Geometry is a cue whose informational content may originate from the metric properties of a given environment, and its use has ...

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