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Departmental Seminar, Professor Nicky Clayton, Cambridge

24/01/2012 (14:00-15:00)

Professor Nicky Clayton

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The Mentality of Crows: Implications for the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Professor Nicky Clayton

Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge

About the Speaker

Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition at Cambridge University. Her work challenges established notions of animal intelligence. Although the brains of birds evolved independently from those of humans or apes, her ingenious experiments have shown that some birds are still able to re-experience the past and plan for the future. Members of the corvid family, such as crows and jays appear to predict the behaviours of other birds. Like apes, some corvids are capable of representing the intentions of others. She has shown how studies of animal behaviour can throw light on human cognition and its development.

Professor Clayton is an outstanding science communicator and has played an important role in raising public awareness of science by appearing in programmes such as Radio 4's 'The Life Scientific' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017cd0v, 33 November 2011) . She also scientist in residence at the Rambert Dance Company and her latest collaboration with Mark Baldwin, the artistic director, is "Seven for a secret, never to be told" which takes concepts from childhood behaviour and reinterprets them choreographically.


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