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Problem-solving and spontaneous tool-using ability in European Brown Bears (Ursus arctos arctos) (2023)
Journal Article
Chambers, H., & O'Hara, S. Problem-solving and spontaneous tool-using ability in European Brown Bears (Ursus arctos arctos). Animal Behavior and Cognition, 10(1), 40-61. https://doi.org/10.26451/abc.10.01.03.2023

Little is known about the cognitive abilities of bears, despite possessing relatively large brains for their body size. One reason this group is perhaps overlooked is because they are thought to fail to conform to the “social brain” hypothesis, by be... Read More about Problem-solving and spontaneous tool-using ability in European Brown Bears (Ursus arctos arctos).

From brains to bears. understanding brain size evolution: causes, costs and benefits (2022)
Thesis
Chambers, H. From brains to bears. understanding brain size evolution: causes, costs and benefits. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Developmental and energetic costs result in brains being expensive organs to grow and maintain, yet large brains have evolved in many mammalian species. The adaptive value of increased brain size has come under scrutiny over the past few decades and... Read More about From brains to bears. understanding brain size evolution: causes, costs and benefits.

Why big brains? A comparison of models for both primate and carnivore brain size evolution (2021)
Journal Article
Chambers, H., Heldstab, S., & O'Hara, S. (2021). Why big brains? A comparison of models for both primate and carnivore brain size evolution. PLoS ONE, 16(12), e0261185. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261185

Despite decades of research, much uncertainty remains regarding the selection pressures responsible for brain size variation. Whilst the influential social brain hypothesis once garnered extensive support, more recent studies have failed to find supp... Read More about Why big brains? A comparison of models for both primate and carnivore brain size evolution.

SPARC 2021 - Against all odds : Salford postgraduate annual research conference book of abstracts (2021)
Book
Thomas, A., Ibrahim, A., Abraham, A., Halilu, A., Adeosun, A., Court, A., …Whitehead, H. (2021). H. Bury, S. Gowda, T. Ireland, L. Mitchell, E. Oginni, T. Poppelreuter, …D. Whitnall (Eds.), SPARC 2021 - Against all odds : Salford postgraduate annual research conference book of abstracts. Salford, United Kingdom: University of Salford

Welcome to the Book of Abstracts for the 2021 SPARC conference. Our conference is called “Against All Odds” as we celebrate the achievements of our PGRs and their supervisors, who have continued to excel despite the most challenging circumstances. Fo... Read More about SPARC 2021 - Against all odds : Salford postgraduate annual research conference book of abstracts.