Publications

2017 Evolutionary accounts of human behaviour (in press)

Laland KN & Brown GR

In: Evolutionary Psychology, Yamamoto E (ed)

 
  The social construction of human nature (in press)

Laland KN & Brown GR

In: Why We Disagree About Human Nature, Lewens T & Hannon B (eds.), Oxford University Press

 
  Evolutionary approaches to human behaviour (in press)

Brown GR, Cross CP & Laland KN

In: The Behaviour of Animals: Mechanisms, Function and Evolution, Bolhuis J & Giraldeau L-A (eds.), 2nd Edition, Wiley Press.

 
  Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively

Webster MM, Whalen ACZ & Laland KN 

Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:135

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  Sex and pairing status impact how zebra finches use social information in foraging

Templeton CN, Philp K, Guillette LM, Laland KN & Benson-Amram S

Behavioural Processes 139:38–42

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  Extended spider cognition

Japyassu HF & Laland KN

Animal Cognition 20(3):375–395

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  The evolution of social learning mechanisms and cultural phenomena in group foragers

van der Post DJ, Franz M & Laland KN

BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:49

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  The magnitude of innovation and its evolution in social animals

Arbilly M & Laland KN

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20162385

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  The origins of language in teaching

Laland KN

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 24:225–231

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  The foundations of human cooperation in teaching and imitation

Laland KN

Spanish Journal of Psychology 19(e100):1–10

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2016 Sex differences in confidence influence patters of conformity

Cross CP, Brown GR, Morgan TJH & Laland KN

British Journal of Psychology DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12232

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  Skill learning and the evolution of social learning mechanisms

van der Post DJ, Franz M & Laland KN

BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:166

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  An introduction to niche construction theory

Laland KN, Matthews B & Feldman MW

Evolutionary Ecology 30:191-202

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  The coevolution of innovation and technical intelligence in primates

Navarrete A, Reader SM, Street SE, Whalen A & Laland KN

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 371:1690-1700

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2015 Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making, teaching and language

Morgan TJH, Uomini NT, Rendell LE, Chouinard-Thuly L, Street SE, Lewis HM, Cross CP, Evans C, Kearney R, de la Torre I, Whiten A & Laland KN

Nature Communications 6(8):6029

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  The learning of action sequences through social transmission

Whalen ACZ, Cownden D & Laland KN

Animal Cognition 18(5):1093–1103

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  Conformity biased transmission in social networks

Whalen A & Laland KN

Journal of Theoretical Biology 380:542-549

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  The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions

Laland KN, Uller T, Feldman MW, Sterelny K, Müller GB, Moczek A, Jablonka E & Odling-Smee FJ

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20151019

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  Brain size and innovation in primates

Navarette A & Laland KN

In: Animal Creativity and Innovation, Kaufman AB & Kaufman JC (eds.) Elsevier Press. Pp. 241-285.

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  Bayesian spatial NBDA for diffusion data with home-base coordinates

Nightingale GF, Laland KN, Hoppitt WJE & Nightingale P

PLoS One 10(7):e0130326

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  The development of adaptive conformity in young children: effects of uncertainty and consensus

Morgan TJH, Laland KN & Harris PL

Development Science 18(4):511-524

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  Quantifying diffusion on social networks: a Bayesian approach

Nightingale GF, Boogert NJ, Laland KN & Hoppitt WJE

In: Animal Social Networks: Perspectives and Challenges, Krause J, Croft D & James R (eds), Oxford University Press. Pp 38-52.

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  Public information use by foraging ninespine sticklebacks: Social learning or an unlearned social influence on travel direction?

Webster MM & Laland KN

Behaviour 152(11):1569-1584

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  Space-use and sociability are not related to public-information use in ninespine sticklebacks

Webster MM & Laland KN

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69(6):895–907

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  On evolutionary causes and evolutionary processes

Laland KN

Behavioural Processes 117:97-104

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2014 Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?

KN Laland, T Uller, MW Feldman, K Sterelny, GB Muller, A Moczek, E Jablonka & FJ Odling-Smee

Nature 514: 161-164

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  Perching but not foraging networks predict the spread of novel foraging skills in starlings

Boogert NJ, Nightengale GF, Hoppitt W & Laland KN

Behavioural Processes 109: 135-144.

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  The role of internal and external constructive processes in evolution

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & S Turner

Journal of Physiology 592: 2413-2422

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  Familiarity affects social network structure and discovery of prey patch locations in foraging stickleback shoals

Atton N, Galef BJ, Hoppitt W, Webster MM & Laland KN

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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  On evolutionary causes and evolutionary processes

KN Laland

Behavioural Processes

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  Does song complexity correlate with problem-solving performance in flocks of zebra finches?

Templeton CN, Laland, KN & Boogert, NJ

Animal Behaviour 92: 63-71

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  The local enhancement conundrum: in search of the adaptive value of a social learning mechanism

M Arbilly & KN Laland

Theoretical Population Biology

 

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  Human cumulative culture: a comparative perspective

L Dean, G Vale, KN Laland, E Flynn & RL Kendal

Biological Reviews 

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  Niche construction, innovation and complexity

KN Laland, N Boogert & C Evans

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 193-216

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2013 The niche construction perspective: A critical appraisal

TC Scott-Phillips, KN Laland, DM Shuker, TE Dickins & SA West

Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.12332

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  The cultural evolution of technology and science

A Mesoudi, KN Laland, R Boyd, B Buchanan, E Flynn, RN McCauley, J Renn, V Reyes-Garcia, S Shennan, D Stout, C Tennie

In: Cultural Evolution, Richerson & Christiansen, Eds

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  Tinbergen’s four questions: an appreciation and an update

P Bateson & KN Laland

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

On current utility and adaptive significance.

A response to comentary made by Randy Nesse.

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  Cultural memory

KN Laland & L Rendell

Current Biology  23: R736-R740

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  Local enhancement via eavesdropping on courtship displays in male guppies

M Webster & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 

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  Trade-offs between the strength of conformity and the number of conformists in variable environments

A Kandler & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology 

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  Is non-genetic inheritance just a proximate mechanism? A corroboration of the extended exolutionary systhesis

A Mesoudi, et al

Biological Theory DOI 10.1007/s13752-013-0091-5

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  Niche construction theory: A practical guide for ecologists

FJ Odling-Smee, D Erwin, E Palkovacs, MW Feldman & KN Laland

The Quarterly Review of Biology

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  Developmental niche construction

E Flynn, KN Laland, RL Kendal & JR Kendal

Developmental Science

Commentaries: 1) M Thomas; 2) S Li; 3) M Gauvain; 4) Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition

The Quarterly Review of Biology.

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  Environmental complexity influences association network structure and network-based diffusion of foraging information in fish shoals

M Webster, N Atton, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

The American Naturalist

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  The learning mechanism underlying public information use in ninespine sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius)

MM Webster & KN Laland

Journal of Comparative Psychology

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  More on how and why: cause and effect in biology revisited

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt & T Uller

Biology and Philosophy 

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  More on how and why: a response to commentaries

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt & T Uller

Biology and Philosophy

 

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  What animals other than primates can tell us about human cultural transmission

KN Laland, A Cowie & T Morgan

In: Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology: A Critical Synthesis, R Ellen, S Lycett & SE Johns (eds.), Berghahn Books

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2012 Identification of the social and cognitive processes underlying human cumulative culture

LG Dean, RL Kendal, SJ Schapiro, B Thierry & KN Laland

Science

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  Mental time travel, memory and the social learning strategies tournament

L Fogarty, L Rendell & KN Laland

Learning and Motivation 

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  Information flow through threespine stickleback networks without social transmission

N Atton, W Hoppitt, MM Webster, BG Galef & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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  Cultural niche construction: an introduction

KN Laland & M O’Brien

Biological Theory

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  Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population

W Hoppitt, J Samson, KN Laland & A Thornton

PLos One

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  Ecological inheritance and cultural inheritance: What are they and how do they differ?

FJ Odling-Smee & KN Laland

Biological Theory

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  Transmission fidelity is the key to the build-up of cumulative culture

HM Lewis & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

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  Genes, culture and agriculture: An example of human niche construction

MJ O’Brien & KN Laland

Current Anthropology

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  Social learning: strategies, mechanisms and models

KN Laland, LG Dean, W Hoppitt, L Rendell,& MM Webster

In: Handbook of Comparative Cognition, TR Zentall & E Wasserman E (eds), 2nd ed. Oxford 

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  The biological bases of conformity

TJH Morgan & KN Laland

Frontiers in Neuroscience

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  Social information, conformity and the opportunity costs paid by foraging fish

MM Webster & K Laland

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

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  The importance of space in models of social learning, cultural evolution and niche construction

L Fogarty, L Rendell & KN Laland

Advances in Complex Systems

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  Adaptive strategies for cumulative cultural learning

M Ehn & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology

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  The evolutionary basis of human social learning

TJH Morgan, LE Rendell, M Ehn, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

Proc. R Soc. B 279: 653-662

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  Culture Evolves

A Whiten, RA Hinde, CB Stringer & KN Laland (eds)

Oxford University Press

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2011 Sense and Nonsense: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behaviour, Second Edition

KN Laland & GR Brown

Oxford University Press

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  Fish Cognition and Behavior, Second Edition

C Brown, KN Laland & J Krause (eds).

Oxford: Blackwell Science

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  Cause and effect in biology revisited: Is Mayr’s proximate-ultimate dichotomy still useful?

KN Laland, K Sterelny, J Odling-Smee, W Hoppitt and T Uller

Science 334: 1512-1516

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  Small town utopia

KN Laland

Nature 477: 160

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  Sex ratio affects sex-specific innovation and learning in captive ruffed lemurs

LG Dean, RL Kendal, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

American Journal of Prmatology 73: 1-12

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  Darwin in mind: New opportunities for evolutionary psychology

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Bolhuis,G Brown, R Richardson & KN Laland

PLoS Biology 9(7): e1001109. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001109

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  The evolution of teaching

L
Fogarty, P Strimling & Laland KN  

Evolution 65: 2760-2770

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  How copying affects the amount, evenness and persistence of cultural knowledge: insights from the social learning strategies tournament

L Rendell, R Boyd, M Enquist, MW Feldman, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 1118-1128

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  Cause and context in the biological sciences

KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology 22: 233-234

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  Culture evolves

A Whiten, R Hinde, KN Laland & C Stringer

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 938-948

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  The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence

S Reader, Y Hager & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 1017-1027

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  From fish to fashion: experimental and theoretical insights into the evolution of culture

KN Laland, N Atton & MM Webster

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 958-968

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  Do energy allocations affect work performance?: the working energy/take-home energy trade-off hypothesis

RA Levin, SL Saturay & KN Laland

In Levin et al (eds), Work Meets Life

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  Niche construction and human behavioural ecology: tools for understanding work

KN Laland & G Brown

In Levin et al (eds), Work Meets Life

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  Runaway cultural niche construction

L Rendell, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 823-835

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  Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies

L Rendell, L Fogarty, W Hoppitt, T. Morgan, MM Webster & KN Laland

Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15: 68-76

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  Detection social learning using networks: A users guide

W Hoppitt & KN Laland

American Journal of Primatology 72: 1-11

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  Evolutionary accounts of human behavioural diversity

G Brown, T Dickins, R Sear & KN Laland

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366: 313-324

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2010 Why copy others? Insights from the Social Learning Strategies Tournament

L Rendell, R Boyd, D Cownden, M Enquist, K Eriksson, MW Feldman, L Fogarty,

S Ghirlanda, T Lillicrap & KN Laland
Science 328: 208-213

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  Reproductive state affects reliance on public information in sticklebacks

MM Webster & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1562

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  Niche construction theory and archaeology

KN Laland & MJ O’Brien

Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 

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  One cultural parent makes no culture

M Enquist, P Strimling, K Eriksson, KN Laland & J Sjostrand

Animal Behaviour 79: 1353-1362

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  Conformist learning in nine-spined sticklebacks’ foraging decisions

TW Pike & KN Laland

Biology Letters

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  The effect of task structure on diffusion dynamics: Implications for diffusion curve and network-based analyses

WJE Hoppitt, A Kandler, JR Kendal & KN Laland

Learning & Behavior 38: 243-251

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  Learning by proportional observation in a species of fish

TW Pike, JR Kendal, LE Rendell & KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology

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  Detecting social transmission in networks

WJE Hoppitt, NJ Boogert & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology 263: 544-55

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  How culture shaped the human genome: Bringing genetics and the human sciences together

KN Laland, J Odling-Smee & S Myles

Nature Reviews Genetics 11: 137-148

doi:10.1038/nrg2734

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  Roger’s paradox recast and resolved: Population structure and the evolution of social learning strategies

L Rendell, L Fogarty & KN Laland

Evolution 64: 534-548

doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00817.x

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2009 Adaptive Trade-offs in the Use of Social and Personal Information

RL Kendal, I Coolen & KN Laland

In Dukas R & Ratcliffe JM (eds). Cognitive Ecology II pp. 249-271

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  Identifying social learning in animal populations: A new ‘option-bias’ method

RL Kendal, JR Kendal, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

PloSOne 4(8): e6541

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  From traditional medicine to witchcraft: Why medical treatments are not always efficacious

MM Tanaka, JR Kendal & KN Laland

PLoSOne 4(4): e5192

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  Size-dependent directed social learning in nine-spined sticklebacks

GA Duffy, TW Pike & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.05.015

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  An investigation of the relationship between innovation and cultural diversity

A Kandler & KN Laland

Theoretical Population Biology 76: 59-67

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  The evolution of social learning rules: Payoff-biased and frequency-dependent biased transmission

JR Kendal, LA Giraldeau & KN Laland

Journal of Theoretical Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.05.029

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  Bateman’s principles and human sex roles

GR Brown, KN Laland & M Borgerhoff-Mulder

Trends in Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.02.005

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  Niche-construction, co-evolution and biodiversity

KN Laland & NJ Boogert

Ecological Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.11.014

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  Conceptual barriers to progress within evolutionary biology

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee, MW Feldman & JR Kendal

Foundations of Science 4: 195-216

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  Nine-spined sticklebacks deploy a hill-climbing social learning strategy

JR Kendal, L Rendall, TW Pike & KN Laland

Behavioral Ecology 20: 238-244

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  The Question of Animal Culture

KN Laland & BG Galef Jr

Harvard University Press

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2008
Social processes influencing learning in animals:
A review of the evidence
WJE Hoppitt & KN LalandAdvances in the Study of Behavior 38: 105-165
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  EvoDevo and niche construction: Building bridges

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & SF Gilbert

Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B 310B: 549-566

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Association patterns and foraging behaviour in
natural and artificial guppy shoals
LJ Morrell, DP Croft, JRG Dyer, BB Chapman, JL Kelley, KN Laland & J KrauseAnimal Behaviour 76: 855-864
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Social learning strategies and predation risk:
minnows copy only when using private information
would be costly
MM Webster & KN LalandProceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 2869-2876
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Exploring gene-culture interactions: insights
from handedness, sexual selection and
niche-construction case studies.
KN LalandPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363: 3577-3589
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Lessons from animal teaching
WJE Hoppitt, GR Brown, R Kendal, L Rendell, A Thornton, MM Webster & KN LalandTrends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 486-493
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The Niche Construction Perspective: Implications for Evolution and Human Behaviour.
KN Laland, JR Kendal & GR BrownJournal of Evolutionary Psychology 1-4: 51-66
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Quantifying and modeling social learning processes in monkey populations.
RL Kendal, JR Kendal & KN LalandInternational Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy 7: 123-138
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An unlikely defence of evolutionary psychology.
KN LalandMetascience 16: 5-13
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Niche construction, human behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology.
KN LalandIn Dunbar R & Barrett L (eds). Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology pp. 35-47
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  The origin and spread of innovations in starlings

NJ Boogert, SM Reader, WJE Hoppitt & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 75: 1509-1518

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  Animal cultures

KN Laland

Current Biology 18: R366-R370

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  The effects of group size, rate of turnover and disruption to demonstration on the stability of foraging traditions in fish

EL Stanley, RL Kendal, JR Kendal, S Grounds &K N Laland

Animal Behaviour 75: 565-572

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  Diet-specific chemical cues influence association preferences and prey patch use in a shoaling fish

MM Webster, L Adams & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 76: 17-23

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2007 Culturally transmitted paternity beliefs and the evolution of human mating behaviour

A Mesoudi &K N Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 1273-1278

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  Response facilitation in the domestic fowl

WJE Hoppitt, L Blackburn & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 73: 229-238

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2006 Fish Cognition and Behavior

KN Laland, C Brown & J Krause

Blackwell Publishing

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  Niche construction, human behavior, and the adaptive-lag hypothesis

KN Laland & GR Brown

Evolutionary Anthropology 15: 95-104

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  Seven reasons (not) to neglect niche construction

KN Laland & K Sterelny

Evolution 60: 1751-1762

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  Social Information Transmission and Human Biology

J Wells, S Strickland & KN Laland

Taylor and Francis

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  The animal cultures debate

KN Laland & VM Janik

Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21: 542-547

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  The implications of niche construction and ecosystem engineering for conservation biology

NJ Boogert, DM Paterson & KN Laland

Bioscience 56: 569-577

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  The relationship between social rank, neophobia and individual learning in starlings

N Boogert, SM Reader & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 72: 1229-1239

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  Towards a unified science of cultural evolution

A Mesoudi, A Whiten & KN Laland

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29: 329-383

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2005 Age differences in neophilia, exploration, and innovation in family groups of Callitrichid monkeys

RL Kendal, RL Coe & KN Laland

American Journal of Primatology 66: 167-188

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  Foraging nine-spined sticklebacks prefer to rely on public information over simpler social cues

I Coolen, AJW Ward, P Hart & KN Laland

Behavioural Ecology 16: 865-870

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  On the breadth and significance of niche construction. A reply to Griffiths, Okasha and Sterelny

KN Laland, FJ Odling-Smee & MW Feldman

Biology and Philosophy 20: 37-55

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  Social learning in animals: Empirical studies and theoretical models

BG Galef Jr & KN Laland

Bioscience 55: 489-499

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  Social structure and co-operative interactions in a wild population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

DP Croft, R James, P Thomas, C Hathaway, D Mawdsley, KN Laland & J Krause

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 644-650

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  Why not use public information?

KN Laland, I Coolen &, RL Kendal

Science 308: 354

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2004 Nine-spined sticklebacks exploit the most reliable source when public and private information conflict

Y Van Bergen, I Coolen & KN Laland

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 271: 957-962

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  Social learning strategies

KN Laland

Learning and Behavior 32: 4-14

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  Social learning, innovation and intelligence in fish

Y van Bergen, W Hoppitt & KN Laland

In Comparative vertebrate cognition: Are primates superior to nonprimates? pp.141-168

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2003 Do animals have culture?

KN Laland & WJE Hoppitt

Evolutionary Anthropology 12: 150-159

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  Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution

FJ Odling-Smee, KN Laland & MW Feldman

Princeton University Press

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  Social learning of foraging sites and escape routes in wild Trinidadian guppies

SM Reader, JR Kendal & KN Laland

Animal Behaviour 66: 729-739

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