K N Laland

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Affiliation: University of St Andrews
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc The role of internal and external constructive processes in evolution
    Kevin Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK
    J Physiol 592:2413-22. 2014
  2. pmc The biological bases of conformity
    T J H Morgan
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Front Neurosci 6:87. 2012
  3. ncbi request reprint Cultural memory
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK Electronic address
    Curr Biol 23:R736-40. 2013
  4. doi request reprint Animal cultures
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Buildings, Fife, UK
    Curr Biol 18:R366-70. 2008
  5. ncbi request reprint Cause and effect in biology revisited: is Mayr's proximate-ultimate dichotomy still useful?
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9TS, UK
    Science 334:1512-6. 2011
  6. ncbi request reprint EvoDevo and niche construction: building bridges
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, St Andrews University, Fife, UK
    J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol 310:549-66. 2008
  7. pmc Exploring gene-culture interactions: insights from handedness, sexual selection and niche-construction case studies
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3577-89. 2008
  8. ncbi request reprint How culture shaped the human genome: bringing genetics and the human sciences together
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Westburn Lane, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Nat Rev Genet 11:137-48. 2010
  9. ncbi request reprint Perspective: seven reasons (not) to neglect niche construction
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Evolution, Genes, and Genomics, School of Biology, St Andrews University, Fife KY16 9TS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 60:1751-62. 2006
  10. ncbi request reprint 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

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Publications46

  1. pmc The role of internal and external constructive processes in evolution
    Kevin Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK
    J Physiol 592:2413-22. 2014
    ....
  2. pmc The biological bases of conformity
    T J H Morgan
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Front Neurosci 6:87. 2012
    ....
  3. ncbi request reprint Cultural memory
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK Electronic address
    Curr Biol 23:R736-40. 2013
    ..How this capability evolved from the simpler traditions of other animals is an active area of research. ..
  4. doi request reprint Animal cultures
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Buildings, Fife, UK
    Curr Biol 18:R366-70. 2008
  5. ncbi request reprint Cause and effect in biology revisited: is Mayr's proximate-ultimate dichotomy still useful?
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9TS, UK
    Science 334:1512-6. 2011
    ..We argue that Mayr's formulation has acted to stabilize the dominant evolutionary paradigm against change but may now hamper progress in the biological sciences...
  6. ncbi request reprint EvoDevo and niche construction: building bridges
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, St Andrews University, Fife, UK
    J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol 310:549-66. 2008
    ....
  7. pmc Exploring gene-culture interactions: insights from handedness, sexual selection and niche-construction case studies
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:3577-89. 2008
    ..These analyses shed light on how genes and culture shape each other, and on the significance of feedback mechanisms between biological and cultural processes...
  8. ncbi request reprint How culture shaped the human genome: bringing genetics and the human sciences together
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Westburn Lane, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Nat Rev Genet 11:137-48. 2010
    ..Here, we collate these data, highlighting the considerable potential for cross-disciplinary exchange to provide novel insights into how culture has shaped the human genome...
  9. ncbi request reprint Perspective: seven reasons (not) to neglect niche construction
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Evolution, Genes, and Genomics, School of Biology, St Andrews University, Fife KY16 9TS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 60:1751-62. 2006
    ..We conclude that none of these are strong criticisms of the niche-construction perspective and maintain that there are compelling reasons for treating niche construction as a major evolutionary process...
  10. ncbi request reprint 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...
  11. pmc From fish to fashion: experimental and theoretical insights into the evolution of culture
    K N Laland
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:958-68. 2011
    ..We end by drawing on theoretical insights to suggest processes that may have played important roles in the evolution of the human cultural capability...
  12. ncbi request reprint Social learning strategies
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
    Learn Behav 32:4-14. 2004
    ..Reliance on social learning strategies may be organized hierarchically, their being employed by animals when unlearned and asocially learned strategies prove ineffective but before animals take recourse in innovation...
  13. ncbi request reprint Animal behaviour: old world monkeys build new world order
    Kevin N Laland
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, St Andrews University, UK
    Curr Biol 16:R291-2. 2006
    ..New experimental evidence shows that policing behaviour by dominant monkeys stabilizes and integrates macaque societies...
  14. pmc How copying affects the amount, evenness and persistence of cultural knowledge: insights from the social learning strategies tournament
    L Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:1118-28. 2011
    ..These observations suggest that copying confers on cultural populations an adaptive plasticity, allowing them to respond to changing environments rapidly by drawing on a wider knowledge base...
  15. pmc Information flow through threespine stickleback networks without social transmission
    N Atton
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9TS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 279:4272-8. 2012
    ..Importantly, we provide the first compelling evidence that the spread of novel behaviours can result from social learning in the absence of social transmission, a phenomenon that we refer to as an untransmitted social effect on learning...
  16. ncbi request reprint Identification of the social and cognitive processes underlying human cumulative culture
    L G Dean
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife, UK
    Science 335:1114-8. 2012
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  17. pmc Reproductive state affects reliance on public information in sticklebacks
    M M Webster
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Fife KY16 4TS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 278:619-27. 2011
    ..Our findings have important implications for our understanding of adaptive foraging strategies in animals and for understanding the way information diffuses through populations...
  18. ncbi request reprint The learning mechanism underlying public information use in ninespine sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius)
    M M Webster
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
    J Comp Psychol 127:154-65. 2013
    ..We offer several reasons why learning via stimulus enhancement may not have arisen in ninespine sticklebacks, and speculate that the evolution of this learning mechanism may be favored by specific properties of social structure...
  19. pmc Why copy others? Insights from the social learning strategies tournament
    L Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Science 328:208-13. 2010
    ..The winning strategy (discountmachine) relied nearly exclusively on social learning and weighted information according to the time since acquisition...
  20. ncbi request reprint The effect of task structure on diffusion dynamics: Implications for diffusion curve and network-based analyses
    Will Hoppitt
    St Andrews University, St Andrews, Scotland
    Learn Behav 38:243-51. 2010
    ..Supplemental materials for this article may be downloaded from http://lb.psychonomic-journals.org/content/supplemental...
  21. ncbi request reprint Detecting social transmission in networks
    William Hoppitt
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Westburn Lane, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, United Kingdom
    J Theor Biol 263:544-55. 2010
    ..The methods are potentially widely applicable by researchers wishing to detect social learning in natural and captive populations of animals, and to facilitate this we provide code to implement OADA and TADA in the statistical package R...
  22. ncbi request reprint Towards a unified science of cultural evolution
    Alex Mesoudi
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Behav Brain Sci 29:329-47; discussion 347-83. 2006
    ..It is argued that studying culture within a unifying evolutionary framework has the potential to integrate a number of separate disciplines within the social sciences...
  23. ncbi request reprint Rogers' paradox recast and resolved: population structure and the evolution of social learning strategies
    Luke Rendell
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Westburn Lane, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 64:534-48. 2010
    ..Finally, we consider the relative merits of critical and conditional social learning under various conditions...
  24. pmc Bateman's principles and human sex roles
    Gillian R Brown
    School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JP, UK
    Trends Ecol Evol 24:297-304. 2009
    ..We argue that human mating strategies are unlikely to conform to a single universal pattern...
  25. pmc Evolutionary accounts of human behavioural diversity
    Gillian R Brown
    School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:313-24. 2011
    ....
  26. pmc Culture evolves
    Andrew Whiten
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, St Andrews, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:938-48. 2011
    ..Finally, surprising discoveries have been made about the imprint of cultural evolution in the predispositions of human minds for cultural transmission...
  27. pmc Runaway cultural niche construction
    Luke Rendell
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Westburn Lane, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:823-35. 2011
    ....
  28. ncbi request reprint Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies
    Luke Rendell
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Trends Cogn Sci 15:68-76. 2011
    ..Understanding when, how and why individuals learn from others is a significant challenge, but one that is critical to numerous fields in multiple academic disciplines, including the study of social cognition...
  29. pmc Familiarity affects social network structure and discovery of prey patch locations in foraging stickleback shoals
    N Atton
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Harold Mitchell Building, Fife KY16 9TH, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 281:20140579. 2014
    ..Our results demonstrate that factors affecting fine-scale social interactions can also influence how individuals encounter and exploit resources. ..
  30. pmc The evolutionary basis of human social learning
    T J H Morgan
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 279:653-62. 2012
    ..Our analysis provides strong support for the hypothesis that human social learning is regulated by adaptive learning rules...
  31. pmc Social learning strategies and predation risk: minnows copy only when using private information would be costly
    M M Webster
    School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Building, Queens Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:2869-76. 2008
    ..These findings are consistent with the predictions of the costly information hypothesis, and imply that minnows adopt a 'copy-when-asocial-learning-is-costly' learning strategy...
  32. pmc Conformist learning in nine-spined sticklebacks' foraging decisions
    Thomas W Pike
    School of Biology, St Andrews University, St Andrews, UK
    Biol Lett 6:466-8. 2010
    ..Control conditions with non-feeding demonstrators showed that this was not simply the result of a preference for shoaling with larger groups, implying that nine-spined sticklebacks copy in a conformist manner...
  33. ncbi request reprint The evolution of teaching
    L Fogarty
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 65:2760-70. 2011
    ..Further models that allow for cumulative cultural knowledge gain suggest that teaching evolved in humans because cumulative culture renders otherwise difficult-to-acquire valuable information available to teach...
  34. pmc Identifying social learning in animal populations: a new 'option-bias' method
    Rachel L Kendal
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 4:e6541. 2009
    ..This inability to identify social learning in social settings has also contributed to the failure to test evolutionary hypotheses concerning the social learning strategies that animals deploy...
  35. ncbi request reprint Lessons from animal teaching
    William J E Hoppitt
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Trends Ecol Evol 23:486-93. 2008
    ..Drawing on both mechanistic and functional arguments, we integrate teaching with the broader field of animal social learning, and show how this aids understanding of how and why teaching evolved, and the diversity of teaching mechanisms...
  36. ncbi request reprint Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making teaching and language
    T J H Morgan
    1 Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, UK 2 Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Nat Commun 6:6029. 2015
    ..This work supports a gradual evolution of language, with simple symbolic communication preceding behavioural modernity by hundreds of thousands of years. ..
  37. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of a non-invasive tagging system for laboratory studies using three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus
    M M Webster
    School of Biology, Bute Building, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 4TS, UK
    J Fish Biol 75:1868-73. 2009
    ..The tags were easily detected via video, and tagged and non-tagged fish did not differ in terms of growth, activity levels or shoaling behaviour...
  38. pmc Culturally transmitted paternity beliefs and the evolution of human mating behaviour
    Alex Mesoudi
    School of Psychology and Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:1273-8. 2007
    ....
  39. ncbi request reprint Causing a commotion
    Kevin N Laland
    School of Biology, St Andrews University, UK
    Nature 429:609. 2004
  40. ncbi request reprint Perspective: is human cultural evolution Darwinian? Evidence reviewed from the perspective of the Origin of Species
    Alex Mesoudi
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JU, Scotland
    Evolution 58:1-11. 2004
    ....
  41. pmc Species difference in adaptive use of public information in sticklebacks
    Isabelle Coolen
    Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Bute Medical Building, Queen s Terrace, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 270:2413-9. 2003
    ..The study suggests that public-information use is an adaptation that allows animals vulnerable to predation to acquire valuable foraging information at low risk...
  42. pmc Social intelligence, innovation, and enhanced brain size in primates
    Simon M Reader
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge CB3 8AA, United Kingdom
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 99:4436-41. 2002
    ..The ability to learn from others, invent new behaviors, and use tools may have played pivotal roles in primate brain evolution...
  43. ncbi request reprint Defining the concept of public information
    Kevin N Laland
    Science 308:353-6; author reply 353-6. 2005
  44. pmc Nine-spined sticklebacks exploit the most reliable source when public and private information conflict
    Yfke van Bergen
    Sub Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge CB3 8AA, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 271:957-62. 2004
    ....
  45. ncbi request reprint Rethinking adaptation: the niche-construction perspective
    Rachel L Day
    Sub Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, UK
    Perspect Biol Med 46:80-95. 2003
    ..This essay reviews the arguments put forward in favor of the niche-construction perspective...