Dr Rachael Miller (Harrison)

Comparative Psychologist | Behavioural Ecologist |

Cognition in Animal Conservation

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Lab Manager at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. I use comparative, evolutionary and developmental approaches to investigate the evolution of cognition, primarily in birds and humans.


Key aspects of my PhD in Cognitive Biology from the University of Vienna involved highlighting the critical role of individual differences, social context and development on cognition in wild and captive corvids (members of the crow family). In my Postdoc research, I test cognition in humans - both children and adults - and corvids, with a particular focus on self-control, behavioural flexibility, responses to novelty, social learning and reasoning about cause and effect. In addition, I am exploring the applications of cognition research for applied conservation purposes. I advocate Open Science, including publishing all data-sets associated with my papers, and (from Nov 2018) I pre-register my studies.

Alongside my research, as a Postdoc, I am responsible for teaching (lectures, practicals, exams) on Psychology and Zoology University courses, as well as lab management and administration.

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