The Centre brings together a unique group of researchers in the Schools of Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience who share a distinctive set of common interests in the study of social learning, culture and cognitive evolution.

Core activities include a joint seminar programme and shared postgraduate training. Supplementary activities include the organisation of workshops and conferences.

Research is both observational and experimental, conducted on both wild and captive populations of animals. Comparative research is encouraged. A wide range of animal groups is studied, ranging from fish to birds and mammals, including humans.