Université de Neuchâtel

What makes a cleaner a cleaner ?

Gingins, Simon ; Bshary, Redouan (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2016.

In his last presidential address to the Royal Society in 2005, Robert M. May stated that “The most important unanswered question in evolutionary biology, and more generally in the social sciences, is how cooperative behaviour evolved and can be maintained”. My thesis provides a contribution to answering this big question by investigating how one particular species evolved for an ecology that...

Université de Neuchâtel

Social cognition in fishes

Bshary, Redouan ; Gingins, Simon ; Vail, Alexander L

In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2014, vol. 18, no. 9, p. 465-471

Brain evolution has often been correlated with the cognitive demands of social life. Further progress depends on our ability to link cognitive processes to corresponding brain part sizes and structures, and, ultimately, to demonstrate causality. Recent research suggests that fishes are suitable to test general hypotheses about vertebrate social cognition and its evolution: brain structure and...