This week my collaboration with Lauren Guillette from the University of Alberta has just been published online here (and see the publications page for a pdf). In the paper we use meta-analysis to test whether there is a relationship between learning ability and several personality traits (including boldness, exploration, aggression and sociability) across a range of animal species (though mainly fish, birds and mammals). The work is part of a special issue called: ‘Causes and consequences of individual differences in cognitive abilities’, which includes 14 other empirical and review papers on a range of topics relating to animal cognition. They're all worth a look!
This week I attended the European Conference for Behavioural Biology in Liverpool. The conference was great; there were plenty of good talks and I met some very interesting people! I also presented a poster (see below), describing the results of an experiment using the Indian meal moth I have been running for the last few months.