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  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Research

Sociality generates many cognitively demanding challenges which are often hypothesised to drive cognitive evolution. Previous research on the Western Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen dorsalis) has established a robust relationship between group size and cognition. However, the mechanisms driving this relationship remain unclear. My research uses cognitive testing and social network analysis to investigate whether the group size-cognition relationship is driven by the complexity of intragroup interactions. I will also conduct vocal analysis and playbacks to investigate whether the group size-cognition relationship is underpinned by the need to communicate effectively in large groups.

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, BSc (Honours), The University of Western Australia

Keywords

  • Animal Communication
  • Animal Cognition
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Cooperation

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Research Output 2019 2019

Open Access
Poecilia reticulata
spermatozoa
sperm competition
sexual selection
animals

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