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Department of Psychology


Comparative Cognition in Animals

In the Comparative Cognition Lab we study the development and evolution of cognition. The work is inspired by our research on the behaviour and problem-solving abilities of corvids (members of the crow family, which includes jackdaws, rooks and jays). We also study these abilities in  humans and a number of other animals, notably cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid). Members of the lab and our extended group also conduct behavioural research on dogs, elephants, and New Zealand robins.


Lab group in January 2020. From left to right: Alizée Vernouillet, Jamie DuBois, Maria Loconsole, Gabrielle Davidson (back), María Cabrera-Álvarez, Ben Farrar (back), Francesca Cornero, Emily Danby, Elías García-Pelegrín (back), Alex Schnell, Nicky Clayton, Anna Frohnwieser, Amy Hodgson. Missing: Ning Ding, Rachael Miller, Luigi Baciadonna, Tom Liu, and Clive Wilkins.



From November 2018, the Comparative Cognition Lab has adopted a new Reproducibility Policy.
All studies will be pre-registered. Data and analysis code will be made openly available once the manuscript is accepted for publication, contingent on informed consent for studies with human participants and ethical approval from the relevant body. Both the raw data, and a machine-readable copy, will be available with appropriate meta-data, and data sharing should adhere to the FAIR Data Principles.
All lab members will be responsible for ensuring that they adhere to the Reproducibility Policy for the studies that they lead. We are committed to ensuring that new and existing lab members receive the necessary support and training in order to become familiar with pre-registration and data sharing.