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Keynote Lecture, Professor Nicola Clayton, University of Cambridge

27/11/2012 (14:00-15:00)

Department of Psychology Keynote Lecture

Professor Nicola S Clayton FRS, University of Cambridge

The evolution of shopping lists

Windsor Auditorium 2-3pm


The Evolution of Shopping Lists

Planning of Meal Choices by Jays and Humans


Professor Nicola S Clayton FRS

University of Cambridge, UK

As humans, we spend much of our time planning for the long-term future, from shopping lists to pension plans. Traditionally, it has been argued that only humans are capable of such prospective cognition. I shall argue, however, that some non-human animals are also capable of anticipating the future, at least in a rudimentary form, and surprisingly, some of the most convincing evidence comes from a member of the crow family, the western scrub-jay. In this talk I shall also focus on the development of future planning in young children, and the distinction between episodic projection and semantic prospection, and argue that even as adults we are not always very good at planning realistically for a future state that must be dissociated from current needs.


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