Miss Alexis Breen

Postgraduate Student

Harold Mitchell HMB Top floor
tel. 01334 463366

I have broad research interests that fall under the general heading of animal behavior. Currently, I study social learning in nest-building behavior in birds. I am particularly interested in what physical properties (e.g., rigidity, size and/or length) birds may learn about nesting materials from observing others build. This research is funded by the School of Biology and St Leonard's College. For a full overview of my current and past research, please see my website. 



Breen, AJ, Bonneaud, CC, Healy, SD & Guillette, LM 2019, 'Social learning about construction behaviour via an artefact' Animal Cognition, vol. First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-019-01240-x
Neilands, PD, Jelbert, SA, Breen, AJ, Schiestl, M & Taylor, AH 2016, 'How insightful is ‘insight’? New Caledonian crows do not attend to object weight during spontaneous stone dropping' PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 12, e0167419. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167419
Logan, CJ, Breen, AJ, Taylor, AH, Gray, RD & Hoppitt, WJE 2016, 'How New Caledonian crows solve novel foraging problems and what it means for cumulative culture' Learning and Behavior, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 18-28. DOI: 10.3758/s13420-015-0194-x
Breen, A, Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2016, 'What can nest-building birds teach us?' Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, vol. 11 , pp. 83-102. DOI: 10.3819/ccbr.2016.110005
Logan, CJ, Jelbert, SA, Breen, AJ, Gray, RD & Taylor, AH 2014, 'Modifications to the Aesop's Fable paradigm change New Caledonian crow performances' PLoS One, vol. 9, no. 7, 103049. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103049
Miss Alexis Breen
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

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