The social lives of magpies: understanding the relationship between the social environment and cognition

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Abstract

Although sociality has long been proposed as a key factor driving the evolution and development ofcognition (formalised as the Social Intelligence Hypothesis, SIH), detailed evidence for therelationship is lacking. I begin by using meta-analyses to provide a quantitative analysis of existingevidence for the SIH. My subsequent chapters explore how the informational demands of group livingare related to cognitive performance in adult and juvenile Western Australian magpies (Gymnorhinatibicen dorsalis) via social network analysis. Overall, my thesis highlights the pivotal role that thesocial environment plays in cognitive performance, namely the hitherto unrecognised role ofaggression.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Ridley, Mandy, Supervisor
  • Ashton, Benjamin, Supervisor
  • Simmons, Leigh, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date30 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2024

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