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Animal Learning

Animal Learning

Playing tracks by

The Strokes, Sam Roberts and Sufjan Stevens.

This week, Rachael Bailes introduces us to the strange but also familiar world of animal learning. With the help of Charles Darwin, Thomas Hardy and The Lion King, we take a look at the roots of human learning and what you can do to protect yourself against the coming octopus apocalypse.

Rachael Bailes is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Language Evolution and Computation research unit. Her current research takes an experimental approach to exploring the role of common ground and culture in referential comprehension.

For more from Rachael, check out the "Replicated Typo" blog at
For more features, videos and ideas about animal culture, check out the excellent "Culture Evolves" website at

Show credits:
Host- Mark Dance
Production help- Leonie Wolters
Senior Production- Eve Livingston
Programming- Magnus Monahan