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Front cover of Current Zoology

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 2:25 AM

One of our latest papers has made the front cover of Current Zoology!! (That picture of the noisy miner bird opening a feeder on the bottom left of the cover was one of my little guys - happily released back to the wild after the study was finished!).

In this paper we critique and challenge some...

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Turns out I do gaming research!

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 1:55 AM

The Herald Scotland recently picked up one of our articles examining sex differences in the speed with which people can locate and recognise weapons. 

Virtual Reality Excitement and

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Featured Article in Animal Behaviour!

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 1:25 AM

Our latest paper in the journal Animal Behaviour has been chosen as a feature article this month!

Here's a link to the feature article:


And here's a UoN Blogspot about it:

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Aviaries.. with birds!

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Well, it's taken a very long time, but the aviaries have birds!

They also have a full polycarbonate and shade-cloth roof and greenhouse curtains - to let light in, but keep the wind out - on all sides.

There's also a sprinkler system for when it gets hot and automatically filling water baths!

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A UoN blogspot about us!

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Well, it's about our new paper, really. But it is a little bizarre to see photos from our wedding used to illustrate the point!

You can read it here:

New aviaries!

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:10 AM

The lovely people at Charles Sturt University have built a brand new aviary complex for the Comparative Cognition Laboratory.  They are spacious and sunny and will be an invaluable research facility.  Check out the pictures below - more to come once the cages have been fitted out and are ready to house birds!


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Blackawton bees: Charming purity or dangerous publicity stunt?

Posted on December 23, 2010 at 4:05 AM

An article recently published in the prestigious scientific journal, Biology Letters, claims to have been written by 25 8-10 year olds.  The paper, Blackawton bees, co-authored by Beau Lotto from UCL (and the 25 8-10 year olds), reports the data collected from an experiment it claims was designed and conducted by the primary school children.  The paper includes no citations as it does not review any relevant literature, but presents the data in 'kids speak'.  Nevertheles...

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Things are looking up!

Posted on December 10, 2010 at 2:57 AM

Thanks to some promotional work from the PR crew at UoN and MQ we've been all over the webnews with one of the latest pieces of research to come out of the lab.  In a collaborative effort with Dr Darren Burke, we've shown that the angle your face is viewed from changes how attractive you look.

We are postulating that the differences in viewpoint that males and females have of each other's faces as a result of males being taller has led to the evolution of sexual dimorph...

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