Publications

2017

Davidson, G.L., Thornton, A. & Clayton, N.S. 2017. Evolution of iris colour in relation to cavity nesting and parental care in passerine birds Biology Letters 13, 20160783 (Open Access)

Greggor, A.L., Thornton, A. & Clayton, N.S. 2017. Harnessing learning biases is essential for applying social learning in conservation Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71, 16 (Open Access)

Greggor, A.L., Spencer, K.A., Clayton, N.S. & Thornton, A. 2017. Wild jackdaws’ reproductive success and their offspring’s stress hormones are connected to provisioning rate and brood size, not to parental neophobia General and Comparative Endocrinology 243, 70-77 (Open Access)

Valetta, J.J., Torney, C., Kings, M., Thornton, A. & Madden, J. 2017. Applications of machine learning in animal behaviour studies Animal Behaviour 124, 203-220 [PDF]

2016

Greggor, A.L. & Thornton, A. 2016. Convergent evolution of intelligence. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Eds: Shackelford, T. K. & Weekes-Shackelford, V.A. Springer

Greggor, A.L., Jolles, J. W., Thornton, A. & Clayton, N.S. 2016. Seasonal changes in neophobia and its consistency in rooks: the effect of novelty type and dominance position. Animal Behaviour 121, 11-20 (Open Access)

Thornton, A., McAuliffe, K., Dall, S.R.X., Fernandez-Duque, E., Garber, P.A. & Young, A.J. 2016. Fundamental Problems with the Cooperative Breeding Hypothesis. A reply to Burkart & Van Schaik. Journal of Zoology 299, 84-88 (Open Access)

Greggor, A.L., McIvor, G. E., Clayton, N.S. & Thornton, A. 2016. Contagious risk taking: social information and context influence wild jackdaws’ responses to novelty and risk. Scientific Reports 6, 27764 (Open Access)

Greggor, A.L., Clayton, N.S., Fulford, A.J.C. & Thornton, A. 2016. Street smart: faster approach towards litter in urban areas by highly neophobic corvids and less fearful birds. Animal Behaviour 117, 123-133 (Open Access)

Mesoudi, A., Chang, L. Dall, S.R.X.. & Thornton, A. 2016. The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31,215-225 [PDF]

2015

Greggor, A.L., Thornton, A. & Clayton, N.S. 2015. Neophobia is not only avoidance: improving neophobia tests by combining cognition and ecology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 6, 82-89 (PDF)

Zwirner, E. & Thornton, A. 2015. Cognitive requirements of cumulative culture: teaching is useful but not essential. Scientific Reports 5, 16781 (Open Access)

Aplin, L.M, Farine, D.R., Morand-Ferron, J., Cockburn, A., Thornton, A. & Sheldon, B.C. 2015. Counting conformity: evaluating the units of information in frequency-dependent social learning. Animal Behaviour 110, e5-e8 (Link)

Duffield, C., Wilson, A.J. & Thornton, A. 2015. Desperate prawns: drivers of innovation vary across social contexts in rock pool crustaceans. PLOS ONE 10, e0139050 (Open Access

Thornton, A. & Wilson, A.J. 2015. In search of the Darwinian Holy Trinity in cognitive evolution: A comment on Croston et al. Behavioral Ecology , 26,1460-1461[PDF]

Davidson, G. L., Clayton, N. S. & Thornton, A. 2015. Wild jackdaws, Corvus monedula, recognize individual humans and may respond to gaze direction with defensive behaviour. Animal Behaviour 108, 17-24 [PDF]

Aplin, L.M., Farine, D.R., Morand-Ferron, J., Cockburn, A., Thornton, A. & Sheldon, B.C. 2015 Experimentally introduced innovations lead to persistent culture via conformity in wild birds. Nature 518, 538-541 (Link)

Thornton, A. & McAuliffe, K. 2015 Cognitive consequences of cooperative breeding? A critical appraisal. Journal of Zoology 296, 12-22 [PDF]

McAuliffe, K. & Thornton, A. 2015 The psychology of cooperation in animals: an ecological approach. Journal of Zoology 296, 23-35 [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Raihani, N. J. 2015 Commentary on Kline: The proximate-ultimate confusion in teaching and cooperation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38, e69 (Link)

2014

Greggor, A. L., Clayton, N. S., Phalan, B. & Thornton, A. 2014 Translating cognitive insights into effective conservation programs: Reply to Schakner et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29, 652-653 (Link)

Greggor, A. L., Clayton, N. S., Phalan, B. & Thornton, A. 2014 Comparative cognition for conservationists. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Link)

Thornton, A. 2014 How and why are some species so smart? Behavioral Ecology 25, 1294-1295 [PDF]

Thornton, A., Isden, J. & Madden, J.R.  2014 Towards wild psychometrics: linking individual cognitive differences to fitness. Behavioral Ecology 25, 1299-1301 [PDF]

Zandberg, L., Jolles, J. W., Boogert, N. J. &  Thornton, A. 2014.  Jackdaw nestlings can discriminate between conspecific calls but do not beg specifically to their parents. Behavioral Ecology 25, 565-573 [PDF]

Davidson, G. L., Clayton, N. S. & Thornton, A. 2014. Salient eyes deter conspecific nest intruders in wild jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Biology Letters, 10, 20131077 [PDF]

Davidson, G. L., Butler, S. Fernández-Juricic, E., Thornton, A., Clayton, N. S. 2014. Gaze sensitivity: function and mechanisms from sensory and cognitive perspectives. Animal Behaviour, 87, 3-15 [PDF]

2013

Jolles, J. W., King, A. J., Manica, A. & Thornton, A. 2013. Heterogeneous structure in mixed-species corvid flocks in flight. Animal Behaviour, 85, 743-750 [PDF]

2012

Greggor, A. L. 2012 A functional paradigm for evaluating culture: an example with cetaceans Current Zoology 58, 271-286 [PDF]

Animal Minds e1345931827281 Publications

Thornton, A., Clayton, N. S. & Grodzinski, U. 2012. Animal minds: from computation to evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, 2670-2676 [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Lukas, D. 2012. Individual variation in cognitive performance: developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, 2773-2783 [PDF]

Hoppitt, W.,  Samson, J., Laland, K. N. & Thornton, A. 2012. Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population. PloS ONE 7, e42044 [PDF]

McAuliffe, K. & Thornton, A. 2012. How do banded mongooses locate and select anvils for cracking encased food items? Behavioural Processes 3, 350-356 [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Samson, J. 2012. Innovative problem-solving in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 83, 1459-1468 [PDF]

Thornton, A. & McAuliffe, K. 2012. Teaching can teach us a lot. Animal Behaviour, 83, e6-e9. [PDF]

Raihani, N. J., Thornton, A. & Bshary, R. 2012. Punishment and cooperation in nature. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27, 288-295

2011

Thornton, A. & Clutton-Brock, T. 2011. Social learning and the development of individual and group behaviour in mammal societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366: 978-987. [PDF]

2010

Thornton, A., Samson, J. & Clutton-Brock, T. 2010. Multi-generational persistence of traditions in neighbouring meerkat groups. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 3623-3629. [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Raihani, N. J. 2010. Identifying teaching in wild animals. Learning & Behavior, 38, 297-309. [PDF]

2009

Thornton, A. & Malapert, A. 2009. Experimental evidence for social transmission of food acquisition techniques in wild meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 78, 255-264. [PDF]

ThorntonHodge BEHECO20.1.cover  PublicationsHodge, S. J., Thornton, A., Flower, T. P. & Clutton-Brock, T. H. 2009. Food limitation increases aggression in juvenile meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 930-935. [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Malapert, A. 2009. The rise and fall of an arbitrary tradition: an experiment with wild meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276, 1269-1276 [PDF]

Thornton, A. & Hodge, S. J. 2009. The development of foraging microhabitat preferences in meerkats. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 103-110. [PDF]

2008

Thornton, A. 2008. Social learning about novel foods in young meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 76, 1411-1421 [PDF]

Hoppit, W.J.E., Brown, G.R., Kendal, R., Thornton, A., Webster, M.M. & Laland, K.N. 2008. Lessons from animal teaching. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23, 486-493

Thornton, A. & Raihani, N.J. 2008. The evolution of teaching. Animal Behaviour, 75, 1823-1836. [PDF]

Thornton, A. 2008 Variation in contributions to teaching by meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275, 1745-1751. [PDF]

ThorntonMcAuliffe Science cover PublicationsThornton, A. 2008. Early condition, time budgets and the acquisition of foraging skills in meerkats. Animal Behaviour, 75, 951-962. [PDF]

2007

Thornton, A., Raihani, N.J. & Radford, A.N. 2007. Teachers in the wild: some clarification. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 272-273. [PDF]

2006

Thornton, A. & McAuliffe, K. 2006. Teaching in wild meerkats. Science, 313, 227-229. [PDF]

Thornton, A., Clayton, N. S. & Grodzinski, U. 2012. Animal minds: from computation to evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, 2670-2676
News
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    Cooperative breeding doesn’t make you smarter. New paper open access in Journal of Zoology

     

    New TREE paper: The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning


    New paper on human cumulative culture in Scientific Reports

     

    Jackdaws recognise human faces! Gabrielle’s new paper is out. See coverage on ITV and BBC

     

    New ESRC grant! Cognitive Requirements of Cumulative Culture: Expts with Typically Developing and Autistic People. Collaborating with Christine Caldwell & Francesca Happé
     

    New paper with Oxford collaborators in Nature: cultural conformity in great tits
     

    Enormous congratulations to Gabrielle who passed her PhD viva. Well done Dr Davidson!
     

    Comparative cognition can help conservation: read Alison’s new paper in TREE
     

     

    Coverage of Gabrielle’s Biology Letters paper in the press and on YouTube
     

     

    Gabrielle has a new paper accepted in Biology Letters! 

     

    Gabrielle’s gaze sensitivity review is out!

     

     

    Took part in our survey about corvids in your garden? Click here to see preliminary results.

    New publications: 

    - Comparative cognition for conservationists. Trends Ecol. Evol.

    - Towards wild psychometrics. Behav. Ecol.

    - How and why are some animals so smart?. Behav. Ecol.

    - Jackdaw nestlings can discriminate between conspecific calls but do not beg specifically to their parents. Behav. Ecol.

    – Salient eyes deter conspecific nest intruders in wild jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Biol. Lett.

    – Gaze sensitivity: function and mechanisms from sensory and cognitive perspectives. Anim. Behav.

    – Heterogeneous structure in mixed-species corvid flocks in flight. Anim. Behav.

    Animal Minds: Phil. Trans. issueAnimal Minds e1345931827281 Publications

    -Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population. PloS ONE

    – Innovative problem-solving in wild meerkats. Anim. Behav.

    – How do banded mongooses locate and select anvils for cracking encased food items? Behav. Proc.

    – Teaching can teach us a lot. Anim. Behav.

    – Cooperation and punishment in nature. TREE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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