Publications and datasets


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Researcher ID: B-9075-2011.
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3785-1357.
PDFs of many papers are available via Utrecht's Igitur Archive. (Note that Igitur uses the Utrecht author's name, not the first author, to name PDFs). Further full-text and data links are to be added.

Books and theme issues
2 [Phil Trans cover]Reader, S. M., Flynn, E., Morand-Ferron, J. & Laland, K. N., Eds. 2016. Innovation in Animals and Humans: Understanding the Origins and Development of Novel and Creative Behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, volume 371 (issue 1690).
  Now published!
1 [Animal Innovation]Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N., Eds. 2003. Animal Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  Available from OUP: UK & Europe, USA, Canada; Amazon: UK, USA, Canada.
  Reviewed in Nature (2004, 427, p. 679), Animal Behaviour (2004, 67, p. 993-994), Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2004, 8, p. 98-99), Animal Welfare (2004, 13, p. 381-383), the ISBE Newsletter (2004, 16, p. 18-19), Folia Primatologica (2005, 76, p. 42-44), Primate Eye, and Biology and Philosophy (2006, 21, p. 135-141).
 
General articles
1 Reader, S. M. 2004. Don't call me clever. New Scientist, 183 (2456), 34-37.
  Cover story. See accompanying features in Spiegel Online (July 19, 2004), Heise Online (July 20, 2004), forskning.no (July 28, 2004), Dagbladet (July 28, 2004), Dagens Næringsliv (July 28, 2004), Aftenposten (July 29, 2004), Adresseavisen (July 29, 2004), Weekendavisen (August 15, 2004), De Morgen (September 16, 2004), Bionieuws (2004, 16, p.5), and on Radio New Zealand ('Ideas', November 14, 2004).
  In 2011 our work on animal innovation was featured in a research report by information technology company Gartner, for their ‘Masters of Innovation’ series (subscription required).
 
Papers and book chapters
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58 Street, S. E., Navarrete, A. F., Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2017. Coevolution of cultural intelligence, extended life history, sociality, and brain size in primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 114, 7908–7914. PDF (open access) ESM appendix
57 Cabrera-Álvareza, M.J., Swaney, W. T. & Reader, S. M. 2017. Forebrain activation during social exposure in wild-type guppies. Physiology & Behavior, 182, 107-113. PDF (free until 4/12/2017)  
56 Chouinard-Thuly, L., Gierszewski, S., Rosenthal, G. G., Reader, S. M., Rieucau, G., Woo, K. L., Gerlai, R., Tedore, C., Ingley, S. J., Stowers, J. R., Frommen, J. G., Dolins, F. L. & Witte, K. 2017. Technical and conceptual considerations for using animated stimuli in studies of animal behavior. Current Zoology, 63, 5-19. PDF (open access)  
55 Jacquin, L., Dybwad, C., Rolshausen, G., Hendry, A. P. & Reader, S. M. 2017. Evolutionary and immediate effects of crude-oil pollution: depression of exploratory behaviour across populations of Trinidadian guppies. Animal Cognition, 20, 97-108.
   
54 Leris, I. & Reader, S. M. 2016. Age and early social environment influence guppy social learning propensities. Animal Behaviour, 120, 11-19.  
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Reader, S. M. 2016. Animal social learning: Associations and adaptations. F1000Research (Faculty Reviews), 5.

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52 Jacquin, L., Reader, S. M., Boniface, A., Mateluna, J., Patalas, I., Pérez-Jvostov, F. & Hendry, A. P. 2016. Parallel and non-parallel behavioural evolution in response to parasitism and predation in Trinidadian guppies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 1406–1422.  
51 Navarrete, A. F., Reader, S. M., Street, S. E., Whalen, A. & Laland, K. N. 2016. The co-evolution of innovation and technical intelligence in primates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371, 20150186.  

 

50 Reader, S. M., Morand-Ferron, J. & Flynn, E. 2016. Animal and human innovation: novel problems and novel solutions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371, 20150182. PDF (open access)  
49 Dargent, F., Reddon, A. R., Swaney, W. T., Fussmann, G. F., Reader, S. M., Scott, M. E. & Forbes, M. R. 2015. Demasculinisation of male guppies increases resistance to a common and harmful ectoparasite. Parasitology, 142: 1647-1655.  
48 Reader, S. M. 2015. Causes of individual differences in animal exploration and search. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7: 451-468. doi: 10.1111/tops.12148    
47 Swaney, W. T., Cabrera-Álvareza, M.J. & Reader, S. M. 2015. Behavioural responses of feral and domestic guppies (Poecilia reticulata) to predators and their cues. Behavioural Processes, 118, 42-46. PDF (free access until July 24)  
46 Lindeyer, C. M., Langen, E. M. A., Swaney, W. T. & Reader, S. M. 2015. Nonapeptide influences on social behaviour: effects of vasotocin and isotocin on shoaling and interaction in zebrafish. Behaviour, 152, 897-915.    
45 McCabe, C. M., Reader, S. M. & Nunn, C. L. 2015. Infectious disease, behavioural flexibility and the evolution of culture in primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282, 20140862.   ESM
  Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM) and trees are available on the journal website. Data will be available shortly on the Dryad repository at http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8kh92.
44 MacLean, E. L., et al. 2014. The evolution of self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 111, E2140–E2148.   ESM
  Featured in National Geographic Phenomena (April 22, 2014), The New York Times (April 28, 2014), and 'This Week in PNAS' (May 20, 2014). Recommended by Faculty of 1000.
43 Toelch, U., Bruce, M. J., Newson, L., Richerson, P. J. & Reader, S. M. 2014. Individual consistency and flexibility in human social information use. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20132864.
  ESM
  Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM) is available on the journal website. Data will be uploaded shortly to the Dryad repository.
42 Reader, S. M. 2014. Evolution of cognition. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology (Ed. by Losos, J. B.). New York: Oxford University Press.    
41 Lefebvre, L., Reader, S. M. & Sol, D. 2013. Innovating innovation rate and its relationship with brains, ecology and general intelligence. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 81, 143-145. PDF (free access)  
  Invited Citation Classic essay to commemorate our 2004 paper.
40 Lindeyer, C. M., Meaney, M. J. & Reader, S. M. 2013. Early maternal care predicts reliance on social learning about food in adult rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 168-175.    
39 Goossens, B. M. A., van den Berg, L. M., Reader, S. M. & Sterck, E. H. M. 2012. An analysis of gaze following to a hidden location in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Behaviour, 149, 1319-1337.    
38 Toelch, U., Bruce, M. J., Meeus, M. T. H. & Reader, S. M. 2011. Social performance cues induce behavioral flexibility in humans. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 160. Link (open access)  
37 Reader, S. M., Hager, Y. & Laland, K. N. 2011. The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 1017-1027.  
  Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM) is available on the journal website. Data can be downloaded here or via the Dryad repository.
  Part of a special issue of Philosophical Transactions entitled 'Culture Evolves'.
  In the top 10 most cited articles in 2011 (third highest cited), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
  Reprinted as: Reader, S. M., Hager, Y. & Laland, K. N. 2012. The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence. In: Culture evolves (Ed. by Whiten, A., Hinde, R. A., Stringer, C. B. & Laland, K. N.), pp. 139-158. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
36 Mühlhoff, N., Stevens, J. R. & Reader, S. M. 2011. Spatial discounting of food and social rewards in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 68. Link (open access)
  Data are archived online as Electronic Supplementary Material (the video is also available here) or via the Dryad repository.
35 Morand-Ferron, J., Doligez, B., Dall, S. R. X. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Social information use. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Volume 3 (Ed. by Breed, M. D. & Moore, J.), pp. 242-250. Oxford: Academic Press.    
34 Laland, K. N. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Innovation in animals. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Volume 2 (Ed. by Breed, M. D. & Moore, J.), pp. 150-154. Oxford: Academic Press.    
33 Toelch, U., Bruce, M. J., Meeus, M. T. H. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Humans copy rapidly increasing choices in a multiarmed bandit problem. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 326-333.    
32 Reader, S. M. & Biro, D. 2010. Experimental identification of social learning in wild animals. Learning & Behavior, 38, 265-283.    
31 Lindeyer, C. M. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Social learning of escape routes in zebrafish and the stability of behavioural traditions. Animal Behaviour, 79, 827-834.   Photos
30 Laland, K. N. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Comparative perspectives on human innovation. In: Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology (Ed. by O'Brien, M. J. & Shennan, S. J.), pp. 37-51. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.    
29 González-Lagos, C., Sol, D. & Reader, S. M. 2010. Large-brained mammals live longer. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23, 1064-1074.    
  See accompanying podcast on scientificamerican.com (July 18, 2010) and features on ScienceDaily (July 15, 2010), radio-canada.ca (July 20, 2010) and forskning.no (July 26, 2010).
28 Toelch, U., van Delft, M. J., Bruce, M. J., Donders, R., Meeus, M. T. H. & Reader, S. M. 2009. Decreased environmental variability induces a bias for social information use in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30, 32-40.    
27 Sol, D., Bacher, S., Reader, S. M. & Lefebvre, L. 2008. Brain size predicts the success of mammal species introduced into novel environments. The American Naturalist, 172, S63-S71. PDF or McGill Repository PDF  
26 Reader, S. M., Bruce, M. J. & Rebers, S. 2008. Social learning of route preferences in adult humans. Biology Letters, 4, 37-40.    
  See accompanying feature in The Daily Telegraph (2007, December 12, p.3)
25 Goossens, B. M. A., Dekleva, M., Reader, S. M., Sterck, E. H. M. & Bolhuis, J. J. 2008. Gaze following in monkeys is modulated by observed facial expressions. Animal Behaviour, 75, 1673-1681.    
24 Boogert, N. J., Reader, S. M., Hoppitt, W. & Laland, K. N. 2008. The origin and spread of innovations in starlings. Animal Behaviour, 75, 1509-1518.    
23 Réale, D., Reader, S. M., Sol, D., McDougall, P. T. & Dingemanse, N. J. 2007. Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolution. Biological Reviews, 82, 291-318. Igitur Archive PDF  
  Now cited over 1000 times on Google Scholar and 750 times on WoS!
22 Reader, S. M. 2006. Brain size in primates as a function of behavioral innovation. In: Evolution of Nervous Systems Volume 4: Primates (Ed. by Preuss, T. M.), pp. 261-265. Oxford: Academic Press. Online via ScienceDirect  
21 McDougall, P. T., Réale, D., Sol, D. & Reader, S. M. 2006. Wildlife conservation and animal temperament: causes and consequences of evolutionary change for captive, reintroduced, and wild populations. Animal Conservation, 9, 39-48 Igitur Archive PDF  
20 Lefebvre, L., Reader, S. M. & Boire, D. 2006. The evolution of encephalization. In: Evolution of Nervous Systems Volume 1: Theories, Development, Invertebrates (Ed. by Striedter, G. F. & Rubenstein, J. L. R.), pp. 121-141. Oxford: Academic Press. Online via ScienceDirect  
19 Boogert, N. J., Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2006. The relation between social rank, neophobia and individual learning in starlings. Animal Behaviour, 72, 1229-1239. Igitur Archive PDF  
18 Morand-Ferron, J., Lefebvre, L., Reader, S. M., Sol, D. & Elvin, S. 2004. Dunking behaviour in Carib grackles. Animal Behaviour, 68, 1267-1274. Igitur Archive PDF Photos of this behaviour
  See accompanying feature in Nature Australia (2005, 28 (5), p.16).
17 Reader, S. M. 2004. Distinguishing social and asocial learning using diffusion dynamics. Learning & Behavior, 32, 90-104. PDF or Igitur Archive PDF Movies of the grackles whose data feature in figures 4 and 5
16 Lefebvre, L., Reader, S. M. & Sol, D. 2004. Brains, innovations and evolution in birds and primates. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 63, 233-246. PDF (free access) or Igitur Archive PDF  
  Reprinted in 'Animal Behaviour', Sage Publications 2010 (pp. 89-112, volume 4)
  Selected as a 'Citation Classic' by Brain, Behavior and Evolution: click here for our essay on the background to this article.
15 Reader, S. M. 2003. Innovation and social learning: Individual variation and brain evolution. Animal Biology, 53, 147-158. PDF or Igitur Archive PDF  
14 Reader, S. M., Kendal, J. R. & Laland, K. N. 2003. Social learning of foraging sites and escape routes in wild Trinidadian guppies. Animal Behaviour, 66, 729-739. Igitur Archive PDF  
13 Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2003. Animal innovation: an introduction. In: Animal Innovation (Ed. by S. M. Reader & K. N. Laland), pp. 3-35. Oxford: Oxford University Press.    
12 Reader, S. M. & MacDonald, K. 2003. Environmental variability and primate behavioural flexibility. In: Animal Innovation (Ed. by S.M. Reader & K. N. Laland), pp. 83-116. Oxford: Oxford University Press.   Dataset
  The appendix of brain component volumes is available here (PDF file).
11 Reader, S. M. 2003. Relative brain size and the distribution of innovation and social learning across the nonhuman primates. In: The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence (Ed. by D. M. Fragaszy & S. Perry), pp. 56-93. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. PDF or Igitur Archive PDF  
10 Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2002. Social intelligence, innovation and enhanced brain size in primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 99, 4436-4441. Igitur Archive PDF

Dataset

  Cover story. See accompanying features in New Scientist (2002, March 16, p.11), Science News (2002, 161, p.166), The Japan Times (March 14, 2002), Current Anthropology (2003, 44, p. 151), and the commentary by Seyfarth & Cheney in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (What are big brains for? PNAS, 99, p. 4141-4142).
9 Reader, S. M., Morand-Ferron, J., Côté, I. & Lefebvre, L. 2002. Unusual feeding behaviors in five species of Barbadian birds. El Pitirre, 15, 117-123. Igitur Archive PDF  
8 Reader, S. M., Nover, D. & Lefebvre, L. 2002. Locale-specific sugar packet opening by Lesser Antillean bullfinches in Barbados. Journal of Field Ornithology, 73, 82-85. Igitur Archive PDF  
7 Day, R. L., MacDonald, T., Brown, C., Laland, K. N. & Reader, S. M. 2001. Interactions between shoal size and conformity in guppy social foraging. Animal Behaviour, 62, 917-925. Igitur Archive PDF  
6 Lefebvre, L., Reader, S. M. & Webster, S. J. 2001. Novel food use by Gray Kingbirds and Red-necked Pigeons in Barbados. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 121, 247-249. Igitur Archive PDF  
5 Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2001. Primate innovation: sex, age and social rank differences. International Journal of Primatology, 22, 787-805. Igitur Archive PDF  
4 Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 2000. Diffusion of foraging innovations in the guppy. Animal Behaviour, 60, 175-180. Igitur Archive PDF  
  See accompanying feature in BBC Wildlife magazine (2001, 19(1), 22).
3 Reader, S. M. & Laland, K. N. 1999. Do animals have memes? Journal of Memetics, 3(2), 100-108.    
2 Laland, K. N. & Reader, S. M. 1999b. Foraging innovation is inversely related to competitive ability in male but not in female guppies. Behavioral Ecology, 10, 270-274. Igitur Archive PDF  
1 Laland, K. N. & Reader, S. M. 1999a. Foraging innovation in the guppy. Animal Behaviour, 57, 331-340. Igitur Archive PDF  
  See accompanying features in Nature (1999, 398, 111) and Science News (1999, 155, 364-366).
 
Theses
1 Reader, S. M. 2000. Social Learning and Innovation: Individual Differences, Diffusion Dynamics and Evolutionary Issues. Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge.    
 
Reviews and commentaries
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k Chouinard-Thuly, L. & Reader, S. M. 2015. Does all teaching rest on evolved traits? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 20-22. doi: doi:10.1017/S0140525X14000764 PDF  
j Reader, S. M. 2014. Experiential effects on mirror systems and social learning: Implications for social intelligence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 217-218. PDF  
i Reader, S. M. & Leris, I. 2014. What shapes social decision making? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 96-97. PDF  
h Reader, S. M. & Hrotic, S. M. 2012. The limits of chimpanzee-human comparisons for understanding human cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 238-239. PDF  
g Reader, S. M. 2007. Environmentally invoked innovation and cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 420-421. PDF  
f Reader, S. M. 2006. Evo-devo, modularity, and evolvability: Insights for cultural evolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 361-362. PDF or Igitur Archive PDF  
e Reader, S. M., Sol, D. & Lefebvre, L. 2005. Comparing cognition across species. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 411. Igitur Archive PDF  
d Reader, S. M. 2004. Review of Dingemanse N.J. 2003: Natural selection and avian personality in a fluctuating environment. Ardea, 92, 265-266. Igitur Archive PDF  
c Reader, S. M. 2004. Comment on 'The invention of technology: Prehistory and cognition'. Current Anthropology, 45, 154-155.    
b Reader, S. M. & Lefebvre, L. 2001. Social learning and sociality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(2), 353-355. PDF or Igitur Archive PDF  
a Reader, S. M. 2001. The nature of the memetic beast. Review of Darwinizing culture: the status of memetics as a science (edited by R. Aunger, Oxford University Press, 2000). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 365-366. Igitur Archive PDF