Professor of Comparative Cognition
Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological), Clare College, Cambridge
Graduate Tutor, Clare College, Cambridge
Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company
Nicola Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Clare College and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her expertise lies in the contemporary study of comparative cognition, integrating a knowledge of both biology and psychology to introduce new ways of thinking about the evolution and development of intelligence in non-verbal animals and pre-verbal children.
Nicky is also Rambert Dance Company’s first Scientist in Residence. She collaborates with Mark Baldwin, the Artitsitc Director, on new choreographic works inspired by science including the Laurence Oliver award winning Comedy of Change, and Seven For A Secret Never To Be Told. Their latest piece, What Wild Ecstasy, sees its London premiere in May 2012.
Clayton, N. S. & Dickinson, A. (1998). Episodic-like memory during cache recovery by scrub jays. Nature 395, 272-278. See Jeffrey, K. & O’Keefe, J. News and Views. Nature 395, 215-216.
Emery, N. J. & Clayton, N. S. (2001). Effects of experience and social context on prospective caching strategies in scrub jays. Nature 414, 443–446. See also Nature
Emery, N. J. & Clayton, N. S. (2004). The mentality of crows. Convergent evolution of intelligence in corvids and apes. Science 306, 1903-1907.
Dally, J. M., Emery, N. J. & Clayton, N. S. (2006). Food-caching western scrubjays keep track of who was watching when. Science 312, 1662-1665.
Raby, C. R., Alexis, D. M., Dickinson, A. & Clayton, N. S. (2007). Planning for the future by Western Scrub-Jays. Nature 445, 919-921. See also Shettleworth, S.
J. News and Views, Nature 445, 826-828. And Morell, V. Nicola Clayton Profile: Nicky and the Jays. Science 315, 1074-1075.
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