- Cognitive skills in bottlenose dolphin communication
Vincent M Janik
Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 8LB, UK
Trends Cogn Sci 17:157-9. 2013
- Signature whistle shape conveys identity information to bottlenose dolphins
V M Janik
Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 8LB, United Kingdom
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:8293-7. 2006
..Thus, dolphins are the only animals other than humans that have been shown to transmit identity information independent of the caller's voice or location...
- Call usage learning in gray seals (Halichoerus grypus)
Ari D Shapiro
School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom
J Comp Psychol 118:447-54. 2004
..However, novel moan and growl stimuli tended to elicit growls. This casts doubt on the possibility that gray seals can reach the 4th level, but it demonstrates that they are capable of the first 3 levels of usage learning...
- The animal cultures debate
Kevin N Laland
Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife, UK
Trends Ecol Evol 21:542-7. 2006
..Here we suggest that, rather than attributing behaviour to explanatory categories, researchers would often be better advised to partition variance in behaviour to alternative sources...
- Bottlenose dolphins exchange signature whistles when meeting at sea
Nicola J Quick
Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 8LB, UK
Proc Biol Sci 279:2539-45. 2012
..The data show that signature whistle exchanges are a significant part of a greeting sequence that allows dolphins to identify conspecifics when encountering them in the wild...
- Aversiveness of sounds in phocid seals: psycho-physiological factors, learning processes and motivation
Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8LB, UK
J Exp Biol 213:1536-48. 2010
..Our results highlight the importance of considering the effects of acoustic parameters other than the received level as well as animal motivation and previous experience when assessing the impacts of anthropogenic noise on animals...
- Repeated elicitation of the acoustic startle reflex leads to sensitisation in subsequent avoidance behaviour and induces fear conditioning
Sea Mammal Research Unit, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife, UK
BMC Neurosci 12:30. 2011
..In this study we investigate the follow-up behaviour associated with the startle reflex in wild-captured animals using an experimental setup that allows individuals to exhibit avoidance behaviour...
- Whistle rates of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): influences of group size and behavior
Nicola J Quick
Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
J Comp Psychol 122:305-11. 2008
..Our results show that although bottlenose dolphins whistle more in social situations they also decrease vocal output in large groups where the potential for signal masking by other dolphin whistles increases...
- Understanding culture across species
Richard W Byrne
Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, and Scottish Primate Research Group, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU, UK
Trends Cogn Sci 8:341-6. 2004
..Exploring six views of culture, this article highlights the fundamental contrast of whether culture evolves as a by-product of cumulative change in cognitive mechanisms, or whether it is actively selected for its advantages...