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Dr Joah Madden

Dr Joah Madden

Associate Professor

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 Washington Singer 120

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

Joah Madden is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, working in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour

 

Office hours:

Monday 8:30-9:30

Tuesday 11:30-12:30

 

Career

Associate Professor at the University of Exeter (2014-present)

Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter (2009-2014)

Lecturer at the University of Exeter (2007-2009)

Post-docs at the University of Cambridge with Nick Davies and Tim Clutton-Brock (2002-2007)

Research posts with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) (2001-2002)

Research post with the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) (1997)

Links

Research group links

Pheasant

Measuring an adult pheasant

Dr Joah Madden

Weighing pheasants

Bowerbird

7 week old male and female pheasants

Bowerbird roost

Typical bower of spotted bowerbird

Research

Research interests

 

Current Research Projects:

The Evolution of Cognition

 

How does natural selection and evolution act on underlying, general cognitive processes such as learning, memory or executive control, which shape specific behaviours in wild-living animals?

I tackle this question using a novel study system, the ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus

1. How do individuals differ in their performance on psychometric tests?

2. What are the fitness consequences of such differences?

3. What factors affect the inheritance and expression of individual cognitive performance?

 

 

 

The evolution of cognition is one of the most important, yet poorly understood issues in modern biology. The field of comparative cognition has generated a wealth of research into the cognitive processes underpinning animal behaviour, yet the evolutionary forces that have driven and shaped these processes are poorly understood. To progress the field, we need to determine three things: First, do individuals differ in their cognitive performance (CP) such that selection has variation on which to act? Second, is an individual’s CP heritable, and how is its expression shaped by non-genetic factors? Third, does an individual’s CP predict their fitness by determining their survival or reproductive chances? Answers to each of these questions are all significant steps in themselves, and each individually deepens our understanding of the evolution of cognition, but the real strength of this project is that they can be addressed in synchrony in a single, free-living study system. This will permit a more robust framework in which to tackle the broad question of how cognitive performance may evolve that can then be applied to a broader set of taxa and conditions.

Why Pheasants? Large numbers of birds can be bred and reared under controlled conditions, probed with established psychometric tests proven on domestic chickens and released into the wild where their fates can be tracked and their wild behaviour observed both directly and remotely.

 

 

Previous Research Projects:

My PhD thesis “Sex, costs and bowerbird tastes” originated as classical study of behavioural ecology, testing a series of models of sexual selection, but introduced me to the range of influences, usually studied under the guise of Psychology, that determine and shape individual’s behaviour.

My work in cognition and learning in the wild has included a demonstration that complexity of sexual display relates to brain size, and that cognition may be an important factor in mechanisms of sexual display and mate choice. This can involve both visual and vocal displays I have explored how learning of male display traits may lead to inter-population ‘cultural’ differences. I conducted a series of experimental studies asking how young, including those of brood parasites, learn to produce attractive begging calls and respond to species specific alarm calls, and decide when to stop begging. My ongoing work on bowerbirds has had two strands focusing on learning and cognition. The first involves my testing mechanisms of learning of male sexual traits (social vs. trial and error) across a whole population using experimental manipulation and tracking contacts and spread over the population. The second focuses on quantifying individual variation across a suite of cognitive performances and relating this to fitness proxies. Data for both these sets of studies have been collected and are in the process of analysis and writing.

My work on social influences on behaviour started by considering simple dyadic factors in which an individuals’ signal, be they sexual or begging, can be modulated by the behaviour of others, including heterospecifics. I have extended this simplistic approach and helped develop new methods to probe the effects of polyadic interactions utilizing social network analysis. This has allowed me to describe in detail animal social networks and separate out genetic and behavioural mechanisms underlying their structure, and observe how network structure can explain transmission of infectious disease across groups. I have gone beyond simply describing networks, and have used the paradigm of SNA to allow me to perturb the networks and observed knock-on effects across groups as a whole, and to test how network structure may facilitate the origin and persistence of reciprocal cooperationA. I have used hormonal manipulations to demonstrate that a suite of prosocial behaviours in group living animals may have a single governing pathway.

My work on how developmental mechanisms determine behaviour is more recent, but draws on observations that I made of how sexual and begging signals were shaped early in life. I have been rearing pheasants under a range of different conditions for the first eight weeks of life, and then observing and testing how adult morphology and behaviour has been affected. Early life manipulations have focused on sex ratio and dietary complexity. Bias in sex ratio can affect adult patterns of female mate choice and copulation rates, modulated by differences in perinatal steroid hormone levels provoked by aggression early in life.  I also find that assays of individual’s behaviour early in life can predict their susceptibility to apparently un-targeted harvesting by humans. Preliminary analysis of the dietary complexity data suggest that foraging ability, dietary breadth, dietary conservatism and gut morphology may all be governed by diet early in life. This work has attracted interest and funding from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and I continue to develop projects in this area with them.

I adopt an integrative approach to research leading me to publish beyond my central interests, with work on classical behavioural ecology and conservation biology. This allows me to cross traditional research boundaries and draw together novel insights from disparate fields.

Research projects

My work has a strong applied element with current collaborations with:

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust - Work on early rearing effects on adult pheasant behaviour

Songbird Survival

- Work on individual differences in (corvid) predator behaviour

Research networks

External Collaborators:

UK

Prof Nick Davies, University of Cambridge

Prof Tim Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge

International

Prof Anne Goldizen, University of Queensland
Prof John Endler, Deakin University
Prof Marta Manser, University of Zurich

Research grants

  • 2013 European Research Council
    The Evolution of Cognition
  • 2008 BBSRC
    The Role of the Social Environment in the Development of a Male's Sexual Signal
  • 2008 Royal Society
    Effects of Early Social Environment on Expression of Sexual Traits

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Whiteside MA, Sage R, Madden JR (2015). Diet complexity in early life affects survival in released pheasants by altering foraging efficiency, food choice, handling skills and gut morphology. J Anim Ecol, 84(6), 1480-1489. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proc Biol Sci, 278(1709), 1189-1194. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Calling in the gap: competition or cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour?. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1255-1262. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Manipulating grooming by decreasing ectoparasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1263-1268. Abstract.
Madden JR, Drewe JA, Pearce GP, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intragroup interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64(1), 81-95. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Madden JR, Van Horik JO (In Press). A problem with problem solving: motivational traits, but not cognition, predict success on novel operant foraging tasks. Animal Behaviour Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (In Press). A single factor explanation for associative learning performance on colour discrimination problems in Common Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Intelligence Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Beardsworth CE, Madden JR (In Press). Do detour tasks provide accurate assays of inhibitory control?. Proc Biol Sci, 285(1875). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Madden JR (In Press). Intra-individual variation in performance on novel variants of similar tasks influences single factor explanations of general cognitive processes. Royal Society Open Science Full text.
Boogert NJ, Madden JR, Morand-Ferron J, Thornton A (In Press). Measuring and understanding individual differences in cognition. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1756). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley E, Whiteside M, Beardsworth C, Madden J (In Press). Pheasants learn five different binomial colour discriminations and retain these associations for at least 27 days. Animal Behaviour and Cognition Full text.
Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Capstick LA, Madden JR (2019). Patterns of association at feeder stations for Common Pheasants released into the wild: sexual segregation by space and time. Ibis, 161(2), 325-336. Abstract.  Full text.
Langley EJG, Van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2018). Group social rank is associated with performance on a spatial learning task. Royal Society Open Science, 5(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2018). Individuals in larger groups are more successful on spatial discrimination tasks. Animal Behaviour, 142, 87-93. Abstract.  Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Madden JR (2018). Intra-individual variation in performance on novel variants of similar tasks influences single factor explanations of general cognitive processes. ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 5(7). Author URL.
Whiteside MA, Bess MM, Frasnelli E, Beardsworth CE, Langley EJG, von Horik JO, Madden JR (2018). Low survival of strongly footed pheasants may explain constraints on lateralization. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 Author URL.
Whiteside MA, Bess MM, Frasnelli E, Beardsworth CE, Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Madden JR (2018). Low survival of strongly footed pheasants may explain constraints on lateralization. Sci Rep, 8(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Van Horik J, Langley E, Beardsworth C, Madden J (2018). Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses. PeerJ Full text.
Madden JR, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Beardsworth CE, van Horik JO (2018). The quick are the dead: pheasants that are slow to reverse a learned association survive for longer in the wild. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1756). Abstract.  Author URL.
Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Beardsworth CE, Madden JR (2018). The relationship between social rank and spatial learning in pheasants, Phasianus colchicus: cause or consequence?. PeerJ, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Madden JR, Hall A, Whiteside MA (2018). Why do many pheasants released in the UK die, and how can we best reduce their natural mortality?. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 64(4). Author URL.  Full text.
Valletta J, Torney C, Kings M, Thornton A, Madden J (2017). Applications of machine learning in animal behaviour studies. Animal Behaviour Full text.
Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Laker PR, Madden JR (2017). Differences in social preference between the sexes during ontogeny drive segregation in a precocial species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71 Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJ, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2017). Differential participation in cognitive tests is driven by personality, sex, body condition and experience. Behavioural Processes, 134, 22-30. Full text.
Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Laker PR, Madden JR (2017). Erratum to: Differences in social preference between the sexes during ontogeny drive segregation in a precocial species (Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 10.1007/s00265-017-2332-2). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71(8). Abstract.  Full text.
Madden JR, Perkins SE (2017). Why did the pheasant cross the road? Long-term road mortality patterns in relation to management changes. Royal Society Open Science, 4(10). Abstract.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Langley EJG, Madden JR (2016). Males and females differentially adjust vigilance levels as group size increases: effect on optimal group size. Animal Behaviour, 118, 11-18. Abstract.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Sage R, Madden JR (2016). Multiple behavioural, morphological and cognitive developmental changes arise from a single alteration to early life spatial environment, resulting in fitness consequences for released pheasants. Royal Society Open Science, 3(3). Abstract.  Full text.
Taylor S, Madden J (2016). The Effect of Pet Remedy on the Behaviour of the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris). Animals (Basel), 6(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Sage R, Madden JR (2015). Diet complexity in early life affects survival in released pheasants by altering foraging efficiency, food choice, handling skills and gut morphology. J Anim Ecol, 84(6), 1480-1489. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gordon DS, Madden JR, Lea SEG (2014). Both loved and feared: third party punishers are viewed as formidable and likeable, but these reputational benefits may only be open to dominant individuals. PLoS One, 9(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2014). Selection on behavioural traits during 'unselective' harvesting means that shy pheasants better survive a hunting season. Animal Behaviour, 87(C), 129-135. Abstract.
Thornton A, Isden J, Madden JR (2014). Toward wild psychometrics: Linking individual cognitive differences to fitness. Behavioral Ecology, 25(6), 1299-1301. Abstract.  Full text.
Isden J, Panayi C, Dingle C, Madden J (2013). Performance in cognitive and problem-solving tasks in male spotted bowerbirds does not correlate with mating success. Animal Behaviour, 86(4), 829-838. Abstract.
Isden J, Panayi C, Dingle C, Madden J (2013). Performance in cognitive and problem-solving tasks in male spotted bowerbirds does not correlate with mating success. Animal Behaviour
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: Consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(11), 1877-1890. Abstract.
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-14.
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2013). Variation in female mate choice and mating success is affected by sex ratio experienced during early life. Animal Behaviour
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2013). Variation in female mate choice and mating success is affected by sex ratio experienced during early life. Animal Behaviour, 86(1), 139-142. Abstract.
Allcorn RI, Hilton GM, Fenton C, Atkinson PW, Bowden CGR, Gray GAL, Hulme M, Madden J, Mackley EK, Oppel S, et al (2012). Demography and breeding ecology of the critically endangered Montserrat Oriole. Condor, 114(1), 227-235. Abstract.
Madden JR, Nielsen JF, Clutton-Brock TH (2012). Do networks of social interactions reflect patterns of kinship?. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, 58(2), 319-328. Author URL.
Madden JR, Dingle C, Isden J, Sparfeld J, Goldizen AW, Endler JA (2012). Male spotted bowerbirds propagate fruit for use in their sexual display. Curr Biol, 22(8), R264-R265. Author URL.
Madden JR, Isden J, Dingle C (2011). Commentary on review by Boogert et al.: Some problems facing females. Behavioral Ecology, 22(3), 461-462.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1709), 1189-1194. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proc Biol Sci, 278(1709), 1189-1194. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Madden J, Franks D, James R (2011). Hypothesis testing in animal social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 502-507.
Drewe JA, Eames KTD, Madden JR, Pearce GP (2011). Integrating contact network structure into tuberculosis epidemiology in meerkats in South Africa: Implications for control. Prev Vet Med, 101(1-2), 113-120. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Drewe JA, Pearce GP, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 3. Position of individuals within networks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(10), 1857-1871. Abstract.
Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Calling in the gap: Competition or cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1660), 1255-1262. Abstract.
Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Calling in the gap: competition or cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour?. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1255-1262. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Kunc HJP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Do meerkat (Suricata suricatta) pups exhibit strategic begging behaviour and so exploit adults that feed at relatively high rates?. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(9), 1259-1268. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Manipulating grooming by decreasing ectoparasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1660), 1263-1268. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Manipulating grooming by decreasing ectoparasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1263-1268. Abstract.
Drewe JA, Madden JR, Pearce GP (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 1. Inter-group interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(9), 1295-1306. Abstract.
Madden JR, Drewe JA, Pearce GP, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intragroup interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64(1), 81-95. Abstract.
Madden JR, Kunc HJP, English S, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Why do meerkat pups stop begging?. Animal Behaviour, 78(1), 85-89. Abstract.
Madden, J.R. (2008). Can bowerbirds be considered to exhibit recognizable cultures?. Animal Cognition, 11, 1-12.
Madden JR (2008). Do bowerbirds exhibit cultures?. Anim Cogn, 11(1), 1-12. Abstract.  Author URL.
English S, Kunc HP, Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Sex differences in responsiveness to begging in a cooperative mammal. Biol Lett, 4(4), 334-337. Abstract.  Author URL.
Manser MB, Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Clutton-Brock T (2008). Signals of need in a cooperatively breeding mammal with mobile offspring. Animal Behaviour, 76(6), 1805-1813. Abstract.
Kelley LA, Coe RL, Madden JR, Healy SD (2008). Vocal mimicry in songbirds. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 521-528. Abstract.
Madden JR (2007). Innovation in sexual display. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 30(4), 417-+. Author URL.
Davies NB, Madden JR, Butchart SHM, Rutila J (2006). A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 273(1587), 693-699. Abstract.
Kunc, H. Madden, J.R. & Manser, M. (2006). Begging signals in a mobile feeding system: the evolution of different call types. American Naturalist, 170, 617-624.
Madden, J. R. (2006). Innovation in sexual display. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 301, 417-418.
Madden, J.R. & Davies, N.B. (2005). A host-race difference in begging calls of nestling cuckoos Cuculus canorus develops through experience and increases host provisioning. Proc R Soc London, B 273, 2343-2351.
Davies, N.B. Madden, J.R. Butchart, S.H.M. & Rutila, J. (2005). A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proc R Soc London, B 273, 693-699.
Endler JA, Madden JR, Robson T, Westcott DA (2005). Animal visual systems and the evolution of color patterns; sensory processing illuminates signal evolution. Evolution, 59(8), 1795-1818.
Madden, J.R. (2005). Inter-population differences exhibited by Spotted Bowerbirds Chlamydera maculata across a suite of male traits and female preferences. Ibis, 148, 425-435.
JMadden, Hauber ME, Kilner RM (2004). Brood parasitic cowbird nestlings use host young to procure  resources. Science, 305(5685), 877-879.
Madden JR, Lowe TJ, Fuller HV, Dasmahapatra KK, Coe RL (2004). Local traditions of bower decoration by spotted bowerbirds in a single population. Animal Behaviour, 68(4), 759-765. Abstract.
Madden JR, Lowe TJ, Fuller HV, Coe RL, Dasmahapatra KK, Amos W, Jury F (2004). Neighbouring male spotted bowerbirds are not related, but do maraud each other. Animal Behaviour, 68(4), 751-758. Abstract.
Kilner, R.M. Davies, N.B. (2004). Nestling responses to adult food and alarm calls: 1. Species-specific responses in two cowbird hosts. Animal Behaviour, 70, 619-627.
Madden, J.R. Kilner, R.M. & Davies, N.B. (2004). Nestling responses to adult food and alarm calls: 2. Cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds reared by eastern phoebe hosts. Animal Behaviour, 70, 629-637.
Madden JR, Balmford A (2004). Spotted bowerbirds Chlamydera maculata do not prefer rare or costly bower decorations. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 55(6), 589-595. Author URL.
Madden JR (2003). Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the spotted bowerbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53(5), 269-277. Abstract.
Madden, J.R. (2003). Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the spotted bowerbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53, 269-277.
Madden, J.R. Butchart, S.H.M. (2003). Learning fine-tunes a specific response of nestlings to the parental alarms of their own species. Proc R Soc London, B 271, 2297-2304.
Madden, J.R. Lowe, T.J. Fuller, H.V. Dasmahapatra, K. & Coe R.L. (2003). Local traditions of bower decoration by spotted bowerbirds in a single population. Animal Behaviour, 68, 559-565.
Madden, J.R. Endler, J.A. & Jury, F. (2003). Morphological signals of sex and status in spotted bowerbirds. Emu, 104, 21-30.
Madden, J.R. Lowe, T. J. Fuller, H. V. Coe R. L. Dasmahapatra, K. Amos, W. & Jury, F. (2003). Neighbouring male spotted bowerbirds are not related, but do maraud each other. Animal Behaviour, 68, 551-558.
JMadden, Tanner K (2003). Preferences for coloured bower decorations can be explained in a non-sexual context. Animal Behaviour, 65(6), 1077-1083.
Madden, J.R. & Balmford, A. (2003). Spotted bowerbirds do not prefer rare or costly bower decorations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, 589-595.
Jenkins, M. Green, R.E. & Madden, J. (2002).  the Challenge of Measuring Global Change in Wild Nature: Are Things Getting Better or Worse?. Conservation Biology, 17, 20-23.
JMadden (2002). Bower decorations attract females but provoke other male spotted bowerbirds - bower owners resolve this trade-off. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 269(1498), 1347-1351.
Balmford A, Bruner A, Cooper P, Costanza R, Farber S, Green RE, Jenkins M, Jefferiss P, Jessamy V, Madden J, et al (2002). Ecology: Economic reasons for conserving wild nature. Science, 297(5583), 950-953. Abstract.
Madden, J.R. (2002). Male spotted bowerbirds preferentially choose, arrange and proffer objects that are good predictors of mating success. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53, 263-268.
Madden, J.R. (2001). Bower location by the spotted bowerbird Chlamydera maculata. Emu, 102, 187-193.
Bruner, A. Cooper, P. Costanza, R. (2001). Economic reasons for conserving wild nature. Science, 297, 950-953.
Madden J (2001). Sex, bowers and brains. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 268(1469), 833-838.

Publications by year


In Press

Madden JR, Van Horik JO (In Press). A problem with problem solving: motivational traits, but not cognition, predict success on novel operant foraging tasks. Animal Behaviour Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (In Press). A single factor explanation for associative learning performance on colour discrimination problems in Common Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Intelligence Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Beardsworth CE, Madden JR (In Press). Do detour tasks provide accurate assays of inhibitory control?. Proc Biol Sci, 285(1875). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Madden JR (In Press). Intra-individual variation in performance on novel variants of similar tasks influences single factor explanations of general cognitive processes. Royal Society Open Science Full text.
Boogert NJ, Madden JR, Morand-Ferron J, Thornton A (In Press). Measuring and understanding individual differences in cognition. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1756). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Van Horik JO, Langley E, Whiteside M, Beardsworth C, Madden J (In Press). Pheasants learn five different binomial colour discriminations and retain these associations for at least 27 days. Animal Behaviour and Cognition Full text.

2019

Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Capstick LA, Madden JR (2019). Patterns of association at feeder stations for Common Pheasants released into the wild: sexual segregation by space and time. Ibis, 161(2), 325-336. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Langley EJG, Van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2018). Group social rank is associated with performance on a spatial learning task. Royal Society Open Science, 5(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2018). Individuals in larger groups are more successful on spatial discrimination tasks. Animal Behaviour, 142, 87-93. Abstract.  Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Laker PR, Madden JR (2018). Intra-individual variation in performance on novel variants of similar tasks influences single factor explanations of general cognitive processes. ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, 5(7). Author URL.
Whiteside MA, Bess MM, Frasnelli E, Beardsworth CE, Langley EJG, von Horik JO, Madden JR (2018). Low survival of strongly footed pheasants may explain constraints on lateralization. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 Author URL.
Whiteside MA, Bess MM, Frasnelli E, Beardsworth CE, Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Madden JR (2018). Low survival of strongly footed pheasants may explain constraints on lateralization. Sci Rep, 8(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Van Horik J, Langley E, Beardsworth C, Madden J (2018). Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses. PeerJ Full text.
Madden JR, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Beardsworth CE, van Horik JO (2018). The quick are the dead: pheasants that are slow to reverse a learned association survive for longer in the wild. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1756). Abstract.  Author URL.
Langley EJG, van Horik JO, Whiteside MA, Beardsworth CE, Madden JR (2018). The relationship between social rank and spatial learning in pheasants, Phasianus colchicus: cause or consequence?. PeerJ, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Madden JR, Hall A, Whiteside MA (2018). Why do many pheasants released in the UK die, and how can we best reduce their natural mortality?. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 64(4). Author URL.  Full text.

2017

Madden JR, Meier C, Raj Pant S, van Horik JA, Laker PR, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Verbruggen F (2017). A novel continuous inhibitory-control task: Variation in individual performance by young pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) - dataset.  Abstract.  Full text.
Meier C, Pant SR, van Horik JO, Laker PR, Langley EJG, Whiteside MA, Verbruggen F, Madden JR (2017). A novel continuous inhibitory-control task: variation in individual performance by young pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Animal Cognition, 20(6), 1035-1047. Abstract.  Full text.
Valletta J, Torney C, Kings M, Thornton A, Madden J (2017). Applications of machine learning in animal behaviour studies. Animal Behaviour Full text.
Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Laker PR, Madden JR (2017). Differences in social preference between the sexes during ontogeny drive segregation in a precocial species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71 Full text.
van Horik JO, Langley EJ, Whiteside MA, Madden JR (2017). Differential participation in cognitive tests is driven by personality, sex, body condition and experience. Behavioural Processes, 134, 22-30. Full text.
Whiteside MA, van Horik JO, Langley EJG, Beardsworth CE, Laker PR, Madden JR (2017). Erratum to: Differences in social preference between the sexes during ontogeny drive segregation in a precocial species (Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 10.1007/s00265-017-2332-2). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71(8). Abstract.  Full text.
Madden JR, Perkins SE (2017). Why did the pheasant cross the road? Long-term road mortality patterns in relation to management changes. Royal Society Open Science, 4(10). Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Whiteside MA, Langley EJG, Madden JR (2016). Males and females differentially adjust vigilance levels as group size increases: effect on optimal group size. Animal Behaviour, 118, 11-18. Abstract.  Full text.
Whiteside MA, Sage R, Madden JR (2016). Multiple behavioural, morphological and cognitive developmental changes arise from a single alteration to early life spatial environment, resulting in fitness consequences for released pheasants. Royal Society Open Science, 3(3). Abstract.  Full text.
Taylor S, Madden J (2016). The Effect of Pet Remedy on the Behaviour of the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris). Animals (Basel), 6(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Whiteside MA, Sage R, Madden JR (2015). Diet complexity in early life affects survival in released pheasants by altering foraging efficiency, food choice, handling skills and gut morphology. J Anim Ecol, 84(6), 1480-1489. Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Gordon DS, Madden JR, Lea SEG (2014). Both loved and feared: third party punishers are viewed as formidable and likeable, but these reputational benefits may only be open to dominant individuals. PLoS One, 9(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2014). Selection on behavioural traits during 'unselective' harvesting means that shy pheasants better survive a hunting season. Animal Behaviour, 87(C), 129-135. Abstract.
Thornton A, Isden J, Madden JR (2014). Toward wild psychometrics: Linking individual cognitive differences to fitness. Behavioral Ecology, 25(6), 1299-1301. Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Isden J, Panayi C, Dingle C, Madden J (2013). Performance in cognitive and problem-solving tasks in male spotted bowerbirds does not correlate with mating success. Animal Behaviour, 86(4), 829-838. Abstract.
Isden J, Panayi C, Dingle C, Madden J (2013). Performance in cognitive and problem-solving tasks in male spotted bowerbirds does not correlate with mating success. Animal Behaviour
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: Consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(11), 1877-1890. Abstract.
Boyland NK, James R, Mlynski DT, Madden JR, Croft DP (2013). Spatial proximity loggers for recording animal social networks: consequences of inter-logger variation in performance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-14.
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2013). Variation in female mate choice and mating success is affected by sex ratio experienced during early life. Animal Behaviour
Madden JR, Whiteside MA (2013). Variation in female mate choice and mating success is affected by sex ratio experienced during early life. Animal Behaviour, 86(1), 139-142. Abstract.

2012

Allcorn RI, Hilton GM, Fenton C, Atkinson PW, Bowden CGR, Gray GAL, Hulme M, Madden J, Mackley EK, Oppel S, et al (2012). Demography and breeding ecology of the critically endangered Montserrat Oriole. Condor, 114(1), 227-235. Abstract.
Madden JR, Nielsen JF, Clutton-Brock TH (2012). Do networks of social interactions reflect patterns of kinship?. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, 58(2), 319-328. Author URL.
Madden JR, Dingle C, Isden J, Sparfeld J, Goldizen AW, Endler JA (2012). Male spotted bowerbirds propagate fruit for use in their sexual display. Curr Biol, 22(8), R264-R265. Author URL.

2011

Madden JR, Isden J, Dingle C (2011). Commentary on review by Boogert et al.: Some problems facing females. Behavioral Ecology, 22(3), 461-462.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1709), 1189-1194. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). Experimental peripheral administration of oxytocin elevates a suite of cooperative behaviours in a wild social mammal. Proc Biol Sci, 278(1709), 1189-1194. Abstract.  Author URL.
Croft DP, Madden J, Franks D, James R (2011). Hypothesis testing in animal social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 502-507.
Drewe JA, Eames KTD, Madden JR, Pearce GP (2011). Integrating contact network structure into tuberculosis epidemiology in meerkats in South Africa: Implications for control. Prev Vet Med, 101(1-2), 113-120. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Drewe JA, Pearce GP, Clutton-Brock TH (2011). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 3. Position of individuals within networks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(10), 1857-1871. Abstract.

2009

Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Calling in the gap: Competition or cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1660), 1255-1262. Abstract.
Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Calling in the gap: competition or cooperation in littermates' begging behaviour?. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1255-1262. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madden JR, Kunc HJP, English S, Manser MB, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Do meerkat (Suricata suricatta) pups exhibit strategic begging behaviour and so exploit adults that feed at relatively high rates?. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(9), 1259-1268. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Manipulating grooming by decreasing ectoparasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1660), 1263-1268. Abstract.
Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Manipulating grooming by decreasing ectoparasite load causes unpredicted changes in antagonism. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1660), 1263-1268. Abstract.
Drewe JA, Madden JR, Pearce GP (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 1. Inter-group interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(9), 1295-1306. Abstract.
Madden JR, Drewe JA, Pearce GP, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). The social network structure of a wild meerkat population: 2. Intragroup interactions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64(1), 81-95. Abstract.
Madden JR, Kunc HJP, English S, Clutton-Brock TH (2009). Why do meerkat pups stop begging?. Animal Behaviour, 78(1), 85-89. Abstract.

2008

Madden, J.R. (2008). Can bowerbirds be considered to exhibit recognizable cultures?. Animal Cognition, 11, 1-12.
Madden JR (2008). Do bowerbirds exhibit cultures?. Anim Cogn, 11(1), 1-12. Abstract.  Author URL.
English S, Kunc HP, Madden JR, Clutton-Brock TH (2008). Sex differences in responsiveness to begging in a cooperative mammal. Biol Lett, 4(4), 334-337. Abstract.  Author URL.
Manser MB, Madden JR, Kunc HP, English S, Clutton-Brock T (2008). Signals of need in a cooperatively breeding mammal with mobile offspring. Animal Behaviour, 76(6), 1805-1813. Abstract.
Kelley LA, Coe RL, Madden JR, Healy SD (2008). Vocal mimicry in songbirds. Animal Behaviour, 76(3), 521-528. Abstract.

2007

Madden JR (2007). Innovation in sexual display. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 30(4), 417-+. Author URL.

2006

Davies NB, Madden JR, Butchart SHM, Rutila J (2006). A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 273(1587), 693-699. Abstract.
Kunc, H. Madden, J.R. & Manser, M. (2006). Begging signals in a mobile feeding system: the evolution of different call types. American Naturalist, 170, 617-624.
Madden, J. R. (2006). Innovation in sexual display. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 301, 417-418.

2005

Madden, J.R. & Davies, N.B. (2005). A host-race difference in begging calls of nestling cuckoos Cuculus canorus develops through experience and increases host provisioning. Proc R Soc London, B 273, 2343-2351.
Davies, N.B. Madden, J.R. Butchart, S.H.M. & Rutila, J. (2005). A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proc R Soc London, B 273, 693-699.
Endler JA, Madden JR, Robson T, Westcott DA (2005). Animal visual systems and the evolution of color patterns; sensory processing illuminates signal evolution. Evolution, 59(8), 1795-1818.
Madden, J.R. (2005). Inter-population differences exhibited by Spotted Bowerbirds Chlamydera maculata across a suite of male traits and female preferences. Ibis, 148, 425-435.

2004

JMadden, Hauber ME, Kilner RM (2004). Brood parasitic cowbird nestlings use host young to procure  resources. Science, 305(5685), 877-879.
Madden JR, Lowe TJ, Fuller HV, Dasmahapatra KK, Coe RL (2004). Local traditions of bower decoration by spotted bowerbirds in a single population. Animal Behaviour, 68(4), 759-765. Abstract.
Madden JR, Lowe TJ, Fuller HV, Coe RL, Dasmahapatra KK, Amos W, Jury F (2004). Neighbouring male spotted bowerbirds are not related, but do maraud each other. Animal Behaviour, 68(4), 751-758. Abstract.
Kilner, R.M. Davies, N.B. (2004). Nestling responses to adult food and alarm calls: 1. Species-specific responses in two cowbird hosts. Animal Behaviour, 70, 619-627.
Madden, J.R. Kilner, R.M. & Davies, N.B. (2004). Nestling responses to adult food and alarm calls: 2. Cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds reared by eastern phoebe hosts. Animal Behaviour, 70, 629-637.
Madden JR, Balmford A (2004). Spotted bowerbirds Chlamydera maculata do not prefer rare or costly bower decorations. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 55(6), 589-595. Author URL.

2003

Madden JR (2003). Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the spotted bowerbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53(5), 269-277. Abstract.
Madden, J.R. (2003). Bower decorations are good predictors of mating success in the spotted bowerbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53, 269-277.
Madden, J.R. Butchart, S.H.M. (2003). Learning fine-tunes a specific response of nestlings to the parental alarms of their own species. Proc R Soc London, B 271, 2297-2304.
Madden, J.R. Lowe, T.J. Fuller, H.V. Dasmahapatra, K. & Coe R.L. (2003). Local traditions of bower decoration by spotted bowerbirds in a single population. Animal Behaviour, 68, 559-565.
Madden, J.R. Endler, J.A. & Jury, F. (2003). Morphological signals of sex and status in spotted bowerbirds. Emu, 104, 21-30.
Madden, J.R. Lowe, T. J. Fuller, H. V. Coe R. L. Dasmahapatra, K. Amos, W. & Jury, F. (2003). Neighbouring male spotted bowerbirds are not related, but do maraud each other. Animal Behaviour, 68, 551-558.
JMadden, Tanner K (2003). Preferences for coloured bower decorations can be explained in a non-sexual context. Animal Behaviour, 65(6), 1077-1083.
Madden, J.R. & Balmford, A. (2003). Spotted bowerbirds do not prefer rare or costly bower decorations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, 589-595.

2002

Jenkins, M. Green, R.E. & Madden, J. (2002).  the Challenge of Measuring Global Change in Wild Nature: Are Things Getting Better or Worse?. Conservation Biology, 17, 20-23.
JMadden (2002). Bower decorations attract females but provoke other male spotted bowerbirds - bower owners resolve this trade-off. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 269(1498), 1347-1351.
Balmford A, Bruner A, Cooper P, Costanza R, Farber S, Green RE, Jenkins M, Jefferiss P, Jessamy V, Madden J, et al (2002). Ecology: Economic reasons for conserving wild nature. Science, 297(5583), 950-953. Abstract.
Madden, J.R. (2002). Male spotted bowerbirds preferentially choose, arrange and proffer objects that are good predictors of mating success. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53, 263-268.

2001

Madden, J.R. (2001). Bower location by the spotted bowerbird Chlamydera maculata. Emu, 102, 187-193.
Bruner, A. Cooper, P. Costanza, R. (2001). Economic reasons for conserving wild nature. Science, 297, 950-953.
Madden J (2001). Sex, bowers and brains. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 268(1469), 833-838.

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