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Harrison, R., Boeckle, M., Frohnwieser, A., Jelbert, S., Wascher, C., & Clayton, N. (2019). Self-control in crows, parrots and non-human primates.

Shaw, R. C., MacKinlay, R. D., Clayton, N. S., & Burns, K. C. (2019). Memory performance influences male reproductive success in a wild birdCurrent Biology.

Gruber, R., Schiestl, M., Boeckle, M., Frohnwieser, A., Miller, R., Gray, R. D., ... & Taylor, A. H. (2019). New Caledonian crows use mental representations to solve metatool problems. Current Biology29(4), 686-692.

Samuel, S., Roehr-Brackin, K., Jelbert, S., & Clayton, N. S. (2019). Flexible egocentricity: Asymmetric switch costs on a perspective-taking task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition45(2), 213.

Jelbert, S. A., Miller, R., Schiestl, M., Boeckle, M., Cheke, L. G., Gray, R. D., ... & Clayton, N. S. (2019). New Caledonian crows infer the weight of objects from observing their movements in a breeze. Proceedings of the Royal Society B286(1894), 20182332.

Hackett, P. M., Shaw, R. C., Boogert, N. J., & Clayton, N. S. (2019). A Facet Theory Analysis of the Structure of Cognitive Performance in New Zealand Robins (Petroica longipes). International Journal of Comparative Psychology32.

Samuel, S., Durdevic, K., Legg, E. W., Lurz, R., & Clayton, N. S. (2019). Is Language Required to Represent Others’ Mental States? Evidence From Beliefs and Other Representations. Cognitive science43(1), e12710.



Amodio, P., Boeckle, M., Schnell, A. K., Ostojić, L., Fiorito, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2018). Grow Smart and Die Young: Why Did Cephalopods Evolve Intelligence?. Trends in ecology & evolution.

Samuel, S., Legg, E. W., Lurz, R., & Clayton, N. S. (2018). The unreliability of egocentric bias across self–other and memory–belief distinctions in the Sandbox Task. Royal Society open science5(11), 181355.

Samuel, S., Legg, E. W., Lurz, R., & Clayton, N. S. (2018). Egocentric bias across mental and non-mental representations in the Sandbox Task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology71(11), 2395-2410.

Greggor AL, McIvor GE, Clayton NS, Thornton A. 2018. Wild jackdaws are wary of objects that violate expectations of animacy. Open Science. 5 (10), 181070

Amodio P, Jelbert SA, Clayton NS. 2018. The interplay between psychological predispositions and skill learning in the evolution of tool use. Current opinion in behavioral sciences. 20, 130-137

Samuel SH, Roehr-Brackin K, Jelbert S, Clayton NS. 2018. Flexible egocentricity: Asymmetric switch costs on a perspective-taking task. APA

Bretch KF, Ostojic L, Legg EW, Clayton NS. 2018. Difficulties when using video playback to investigate social cognition in California scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica). PeerJ 6, e4451

Loissel E, Cheke LG, Clayton NS. 2018. Exploring the relative contributions of reward-history and functionality information to children's acquisition of the Aesop's fable task. PloS one. 13 (2), e0193264

Boeckle M, Clayton NS. 2018. Theory of Mind. Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. 1-12

Samuel SH, Clayton NS. 2018. Morgan's canon is not evidence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 41, e31



Clayton NS, Wilkins C. 2017. Seven myths of memory. Behavioural processes. 152, 3-9

Bretch KF, Wagener L, Ostojic L, Clayton NS, Nieder A. 2017. Comparing the face inversion effect in crows and humans. Journal of Comparative Physiology. 203 (12), 1017-1027

Samuel SH, Legg EW, Lurz R, Clyaton NS. 2017. Egocentric bias across mental and non-mental representations in the Sandbox Task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 1747021817742367

Jelbert SA, Clayton NS. 2017. Comparing the non-linguistic hallmarks of episodic memory systems in corvids and children. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 17, 99-106

Samuel SH, Clayton NS. 2017. Morgan's Cannon is not evidence (Commentary on Mahr & Csibra). Cambridge University Press

Legg EW, Olivier L, Samuel SH, Lurz R, Clayton NS. 2017. Error rate on the director's task is influenced by the need to take another's perspective but not the type of perspective. Royal Society Open Science. 4 (8), 170284 

Miller R, Jelbert SA, Loissel E, Taylor AH, Clayton NS. 2017. Young children do not require perceptual-motor feedback to solve Aesop's fable tasks. PeerJ. 5, e3484

Boeckle M, Clayton NS. 2017. A raven's memories are for the future. Science. 357 (6347), 126-127

Kelley LA, Clayton NS. 2017. California scrub-jays reduce visual cues available to potential pilferers by matching food colour to caching substrate. Biology Letters. 13 (7), 20170242

Clayton NS, Wilkins C. 2017. Memory, mental time travel and The Moustachio Quartet. Interface focus. 7 (3), 20160112

Powell R, Mikhalevich I, Logan C, Clayton NS. 2017. Convergent minds: the evolution of cognitive complexity in nature. Interface focus. 7 (3), 20170029

Shaw RC, MacKinlay RD, Clayton NS, Burns KC. 2017. Male New Zealand robins (Petroica longpipes) cater to their mate's desire when sharing food in the wild. Scientific Reports. 7 (1), 896

Greggor AL, Spencer KA, Clayton NS, Thornton A. 2017. Wild jackdaws' reproductive success and their offspring's stress hormones are connected to provisioning rate and brood size, not to parental neophobia. General and comparative endocrinology. 243, 70-77

Cheke LG, Bonnici HM, Clayton NS, Simons JS. 2017. Obesity and insulin resistance are associated with reduced activity in core memory regions of the brain. Neuropsychologia. 96, 137-149

Ostojic L, Legg EW, Brecht KF, Lange F, Deininger C, Mendl M, Clayton NS. 2017. Current desires of conspecific observers affect cache-protection strategies in California scrub-jays and Eurasian jays. Current Biology. 27 (2), R51-R53

Davidson G, Miller R, Loissel E, Cheke LG, Clayton NS. 2017. The development of support intuitions and object causality in juvenile Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius). Scientific Reports. 7, 40062

Davies KM, Cheke LG, Clayton NS. 2017. Episodic memory as an explanation for the insurance hypothesis in obesity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 40

Davidson GL, Thorton A, Clayton NS. 2017. Evolution of iris colour in relation to cavity nesting and parental care in passerine birds. Biology Letters. 13 (1), 20160783

Greggor AL, Thorton A, Clayton NS. 2017. Harnessing learning biases is essential for applying social learning in conservation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 71 (1), 16

Clayton NS. 2017. Episodic-like memory and mental time travel in animals. American Psychological Association Handbook of Comparative Psychology. 11, 227-243