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Comparative Cognition Lab

Comparative Cognition in Animals

Cognitive Development

Prof N S Clayton FRS (Head)

Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology
Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological) for Clare College
Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company

Tel: 01223 333559
Fax: 01223 333564



Corvids (2)


Current Topics in Animal Cognition include:

  • Mental time travel (episodic-like memory and future planning) by food-caching Western Scrub-Jays.
  • Social and physical cognition in corvids (members of the crow family, which includes jackdaws, rooks and jays), from studies of alliance formation and post-conflict behaviours in rooks, and food-sharing in jackdaws, to tests of what jays and rooks understand about tools and other tests of folk physics.

Current Topics in Development include:

  • Development of social cognition, future planning and causal reasoning in young children.


Current collaborators include:

Within the Department of Psychology, Cambridge

Professor Tony Dickinson FRS

Dr James Russell

Dr Jon Simons

Within Cambridge

Professor Paul Fletcher

Professor Ed Bullmore

Professor Pradeep Nathan

Other collaborators

Professor Cristina Atance, University of Ottawa

Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director, Rambert Dance Company

Dr Nathan Emery, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Alison Gopnik, University of California at Berkeley

Professor Russell Gray, University of Aukland

Professor Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington

Prof Murray Shanahan, Imperial College

Clive Wilkins, Artist in Residence, Department of Psychology.






Do you know what happens when a behavioural scientist interested in how humans and animals think gets together with an artist whose prime interest is in the nature of imagination and consciousness? Are you interested?

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