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Department of Psychology


I am a PhD student working under the supervision of Professor Nicky Clayton at the Comparative Cognition Lab. My love for comparative cognition started during my undergraduate studies when I worked as a neuroscience research assistant in Dr Brent Cooper’s lab at TCU where I conducted my honours thesis for the John V. Roach Honors College on vocal learning in Bengalese finches. I then went on to earn my MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. There, I conducted research with Professor Josep Call on face-name recognition in chimpanzees at the Budongo Research Unit in the Edinburgh Zoo. 


My research interests include bioacoustics, vocal learning, and imitation as well as auditory perception, especially in the avian family. I also have interests in domestication and the effects this can have on animal cognition. I am currently studying how corvids, such as Eurasian jays, utilise auditory and visual information to conceal caches from conspefics and which, if either, is a more effective cache protection strategy. 


Key publications: 


  • Lewis, L. S., Kano, F., Jeroen, M. G. S., DuBois J. G., Call J., Krupenye, C. (in press). Bononos and chimpanzess preferentially attend to familiar members of the dominant sex. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 


PhD student
Photograph of Jamie G. DuBois
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