Simon Reader

Associate Professor,
McGill University

Department of Biology
1205 Avenue Dr. Penfield , Montréal, Québec, Canada
Tel: 514-398-6421
Fax: 514-398-5069
E-mail: simon.reader@mcgill.ca
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Education
  • 1996-2000. Sub-dept. of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, UK. PhD, ‘Social learning and innovation: Individual differences, diffusion dynamics and evolutionary issues’.
  • 1992-1995. Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK. BA Hons Natural Sciences (Biological). College Scholarship awarded.


Research
I study the causes and consequences of innovation and social learning in animals and humans. In particular, I have been looking at:
(i) the neuro-cognitive processes underlying the creation and acquisition of novel behaviour patterns
(ii) the diffusion dynamics of acquired information
(iii) the relationship between asocial and social learning
(iv) the causes of individual, population and species-level variation in innovation and social learning propensities
(v) the role of innovation and social learning in brain evolution
(vi) the evolutionary consequences of behavioural flexibility and the active role of behaviour in evolution.


QCBS students
Pierre-Olivier Montiglio, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2015)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Hendry
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Adam Reddon, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2013)
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María Cabrera Álvarez, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012)

Thesis title: A Neurobehavioural Analysis of Teleost Social Learning
Laura Chouinard-Thuly, Ph.D.
(Start: 2013)

Thesis title: Variation in social learning at the individual and group level
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Paul Sims, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012)

Thesis title: Causes and Consequences of Intraspecific Variation in Cognition
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Previous students (since 2009)
Sarah Turner, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2012, End: 2016)

Other (co-)supervisor: Dr. Simon Reader, McGill University
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Colin Chapman
Thesis title: Infant disability and infant handling in free-ranging Japanese macaques
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Courses
BIOL 307 - Behavioural Ecology (NA)
BIOL 509 - Methods in Molecular Ecology (Fall / Automne)

Publications
64- Technical and conceptual considerations for using animated stimuli in studies of animal behavior
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 Current Zoology (Date Added: 2017-03-23)

63- Animal social learning: Associations and adaptations [version 1; referees: 2 approved]
Reader S.M.
2016 F1000Research (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

62- Evolutionary and immediate effects of crude-oil pollution: depression of exploratory behaviour across populations of Trinidadian guppies
Jacquin, L., Dybwad, C., Rolshausen, G., Hendry, A.P., Reader, S.M.
2016 Animal Cognition (Date Added: 2016-09-08)

61- Age and early social environment influence guppy social learning propensities
Leris, I., Reader, S.M.
2016 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2016-08-29)

60- Parallel and nonparallel behavioural evolution in response to parasitism and predation in Trinidadian guppies
Jacquin, L., Reader, S.M., Boniface, A., Mateluna, J., Patalas, I., Perez-Jvostov, F., Hendry, A.P.
2016 Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2016-08-04)

59- Innovation in Animals and Humans: Understanding the Origins and Development of Novel and Creative Behaviour
Reader, S. M., Flynn, E., Morand-Ferron, J. & Laland, K. N.
2016 Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-28)

58- The coevolution of innovation and technical intelligence in primates
Navarrete, A.F., Reader, S.M., Street, S.E., Whalen, A., Laland, K.N.
2016 Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences (Date Added: 2016-03-14)

57- Nonapeptide influences on social behaviour: effects of vasotocin and isotocin on shoaling and interaction in zebrafish
Lindeyer, C. M., Langen, E. M. A., Swaney, W. T., Reader, S. M.
2015 Behaviour (Date Added: 2016-06-28)

56- Does all teaching rest on evolved traits?
Chouinard-Thuly, L., Reader, S. M.
2015 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-23)

55- Infectious disease, behavioural flexibility and the evolution of culture in primates
McCabe, C.M., Reader, S.M., Nunn, C.L.
2015 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2016-05-09)

54- Demasculinization of male guppies increases resistance to a common and harmful ectoparasite
Dargent, F., Reddon, A.R., Swaney, W.T., Fussmann, G.F., Reader, S.M., Scott, M.E., Forbes, M.R.
2015 Parasitology (Date Added: 2015-10-20)

53- Behavioural responses of feral and domestic guppies (Poecilia reticulata) to predators and their cues
Swaney, W.T., Cabrera-Alvarez, M.J., Reader, S.M.
2015 Behavioural Processes (Date Added: 2015-07-07)

52- Causes of Individual Differences in Animal Exploration and Search
Reader, S.M.
2015 Topics in Cognitive Science (Date Added: 2015-05-28)

51- The evolution of self-control
MacLean, E. L., Reader, S. M., et al.
2014 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-22)

50- Experiential effects on mirror systems and social learning: Implications for social intelligence
Reader, S. M.
2014 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2016-06-22)

49- What shapes social decision making?
Reader, Simon M., Leris, Ioannis
2014 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2014-03-31)

48- Evolution of cognition
Reader, S.M.
2014 Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2014-02-10)

47- Individual consistency and flexibility in human social information use
Toelch, U., Bruce, M.J., Newson, L., Richerson, P.J., Reader, S.M.
2013 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2014-02-09)

46- Innovating innovation rate and its relationship with brains, ecology and general intelligence
Lefebvre, L., Reader, S.M., Sol, D.
2013 Brain, Behavior and Evolution (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

45- Early maternal care predicts reliance on social learning about food in adult rats
Lindeyer, C.M., Meaney, M.J., Reader, S.M.
2013 Developmental Psychobiology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

44- An analysis of gaze following to a hidden location in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)
Goossens, B.M.A., Van Den Berg, L.M., Reader, S.M., Stercka, E.H.M.
2012 Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

43- The limits of chimpanzee-human comparisons for understanding human cognition.
Reader, S.M., Hrotic, S.M.
2012 The Behavioral and brain sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

42- Spatial discounting of food and social rewards in guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
Mühlhoff, N., Stevens, J.R., Reader, S.M.
2011 Frontiers in Psychology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

41- The evolution of primate general and cultural intelligence
Reader, S.M., Hager, Y., Laland, K.N.
2011 Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

40- Social performance cues induce behavioral flexibility in humans
Toelch, U., Bruce, M.J., Meeus, M.T.H., Reader, S.M.
2011 Frontiers in Psychology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

39-Comparative perspectives on human innovation
Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
2010 Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

38-Social information use
Morand-Ferron, J., Doligez, Blandine, Dall, S.R.X., Reader, S.M.
2010 Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

37-Innovation in animals
Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
2010 Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

36- The evolution of encephalization
Lefebvre, L., Reader, S.M., Boire, D.
2010 (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

35- Social learning of escape routes in zebrafish and the stability of behavioural traditions
Lindeyer, C.M., Reader, S.M.
2010 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

34- Large-brained mammals live longer
González-Lagos, C., Sol, D., Reader, S.M.
2010 Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

33- Experimental identification of social learning in wild animals
Reader, S.M., Biro, D.
2010 Learning and Behavior (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

32- Humans copy rapidly increasing choices in a multiarmed bandit problem
Toelch, U., Bruce, M.J., Meeus, M.T.H., Reader, S.M.
2010 Evolution and Human Behavior (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

31- Decreased environmental variability induces a bias for social information use in humans
Toelch, U., van Delft, M.J., Bruce, M.J., Donders, R., Meeus, M.T.H., Reader, S.M.
2009 Evolution and Human Behavior (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

30- Social learning of novel route preferences in adult humans
Reader, S.M., Bruce, M.J., Rebers, S.
2008 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

29- The origin and spread of innovations in starlings
Boogert, N.J., Reader, S.M., Hoppitt, W., Laland, K.N.
2008 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

28- Gaze following in monkeys is modulated by observed facial expressions
Goossens, B.M.A., Dekleva, M., Reader, S.M., Sterck, E.H.M., Bolhuis, J.J.
2008 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

27- Brain size predicts the success of mammal species introduced into novel environments
Sol, D., Bacher, S., Reader, S.M., Lefebvre, L.
2008 American Naturalist (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

26- Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolution
Réale, D., Reader, S.M., Sol, D., McDougall, P.T., Dingemanse, N.J.
2007 Biological Reviews (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

25- Environmentally invoked innovation and cognition
Reader, S.M.
2007 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

24- Wildlife conservation and animal temperament: Causes and consequences of evolutionary change for captive, reintroduced, and wild populations
McDougall, P.T., Réale, D., Sol, D., Reader, S.M.
2006 Animal Conservation (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

23- The relation between social rank, neophobia and individual learning in starlings
Boogert, N.J., Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2006 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

22- Evo-devo, modularity, and evolvability: Insights for cultural evolution
Reader, S.M.
2006 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

21- Brain size in primates as a function of behavioral innovation
Reader, S.M.
2006 (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

20- Comparing cognition across species [3] (multiple letters)
Reader, S.M., Sol, D., Lefebvre, L.
2005 Trends in Cognitive Sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

19- Dunking behaviour in Carib grackles
Morand-Ferron, J., Lefebvre, L., Reader, S.M., Sol, D., Elvin, S.
2004 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

18- Distinguishing social and asocial learning using diffusion dynamics
Reader, S.M.
2004 Learning and Behavior (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

17- Brains, innovations and evolution in birds and primates
Lefebvre, L., Reader, S.M., Sol, D.
2004 Brain, Behavior and Evolution (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

16-Animal innovation: an introduction
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2003 Animal Innovation ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

15-Environmental variability and primate behavioural flexibility
Reader, S.M., MacDonald, K.
2003 Animal Innovation ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

14-Animal Innovation
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2003 ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

13-Relative brain size and the distribution of innovation and social learning across the nonhuman primates
Reader, S.M.
2003 The Biology of Traditions: Models and Evidence ( Date Added: 2014-02-10)

12- Innovation and social learning: Individual variation and brain evolution
Reader, S.M.
2003 Animal Biology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

11- Social learning of foraging sites and escape routes in wild Trinidadian guppies
Reader, S.M., Kendal, J.R., Laland, K.N.
2003 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

10- Erratum: Interactions between shoal size and conformity in guppy social foraging (Animal Behaviour (2001) 62 (917-925))
Day, R.L., MacDonald, T., Brown, C., Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
2002 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

9- Locale-specific sugar packet opening by Lesser Antillean Bullfinches in Barbados
Reader, S.M., Nover, D., Lefebvre, L.
2002 Journal of Field Ornithology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

8- Social intelligence, innovation, and enhanced brain size in primates
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2002 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

7- Primate innovation: Sex, age and social rank differences
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2001 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

6- Social learning and sociality
Reader, S.M., Lefebvre, L.
2001 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

5- Interactions between shoal size and conformity in guppy social foraging
Day, R.L., MacDonald, T., Brown, C., Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
2001 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

4- Diffusion of foraging innovations in the guppy
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
2000 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

3- Foraging innovation in the guppy
Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
1999 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

2- Do animals have memes?
Reader, S.M., Laland, K.N.
1999 Journal of Memetics (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

1- Foraging innovation is inversely related to competitive ability in male but not in female guppies
Laland, K.N., Reader, S.M.
1999 Behavioral Ecology (Date Added: 2014-01-29)

In the media
A cost of culture
Havard Gazette (Reuell, Peter) 2014-12-11

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture
McGill Reporter 2014-12-11