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Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolution
Temperament describes the idea that individual behavioural differences are repeatable over time and across situations. This common phenomenon covers numerous traits, such as aggressiveness, avoidanceExpand
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Social intelligence, innovation, and enhanced brain size in primates
  • S. Reader, K. Laland
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 12 March 2002
Despite considerable current interest in the evolution of intelligence, the intuitively appealing notion that brain volume and “intelligence” are linked remains untested. Here, we use ecologicallyExpand
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The evolution of self-control
Significance Although scientists have identified surprising cognitive flexibility in animals and potentially unique features of human psychology, we know less about the selective forces that favorExpand
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The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence
There are consistent individual differences in human intelligence, attributable to a single ‘general intelligence’ factor, g. The evolutionary basis of g and its links to social learning and cultureExpand
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Brains, Innovations and Evolution in Birds and Primates
Several comparative research programs have focused on the cognitive, life history and ecological traits that account for variation in brain size. We review one of these programs, a program that usesExpand
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Primate Innovation: Sex, Age and Social Rank Differences
Analysis of an exhaustive survey of primate behavior collated from the published literature revealed significant variation in rates of innovation among individuals of different sex, age and socialExpand
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Wildlife conservation and animal temperament: causes and consequences of evolutionary change for captive, reintroduced, and wild populations
We argue that animal temperament is an important concept for wildlife conservation science and review causes and consequences of evolutionary changes in temperament traits that may occur inExpand
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Brain Size Predicts the Success of Mammal Species Introduced into Novel Environments
Large brains, relative to body size, can confer advantages to individuals in the form of behavioral flexibility. Such enhanced behavioral flexibility is predicted to carry fitness benefits toExpand
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The relation between social rank, neophobia and individual learning in starlings
Researchers with diverse interests in topics ranging from the formation of dominance hierarchies and social intelligence to animal personalities have predicted specific, and often conflicting,Expand
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