2 new positions

(November 2021)

Delighted to have accepted two new part-time, fixed-term positions:

Research Associate in the Psychology Department at 

Cambridge University in Dr Lucy Cheke's Lab, and

Lecturer in Biology (Animal Behaviour) in the School of Life Sciences

at Anglia Ruskin University. 

 

I'll be continuing to focus on research, teaching, lab management and administration, including my independent research projects. 

3 most recent publications

(14th October 2021)

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Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids: Miller R, Lambert M, Frohnweiser A, Brecht K, Bugnyar T, Crampton I, Garcia-Pelegrin E, Gould K, Gray R, Greggor A, Izawa E, Kelly D, Li Z, Luo Y, Luong L, Massen J, Nieder A, Reber S, Schiestl M, Seguchi A, Sepehri P, Stevens J, Taylor A, Wang L, Wolff LM, Zhang Y, Clayton NS (2021). Current Biology  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.10.045
- pdf available here until 6th Jan 2022: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1e5eb3QW8RwqQW

- examples of coverage of our article here

ManyBirds” - a multi-site Open Science collaborative approach to avian cognitive research: Lambert M, Reber S, Garcia-Pelegrin E, Farrar B, Miller R (2021). Accepted at Animal Cognition and Behavior. Pre-print at Psyarxiv: https://psyarxiv.com/83xkt

Waiting for a better reward: comparison of delay of gratification in young children across two cultures: Ding N, Frohnwieser A, *Miller R, *Clayton NS (* = joint senior authorship) (2021). PLoS ONE 16(9): e0256966

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My Postdoc Lab (2015-2021): Image (taken November 2020) - Prof Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab, University of Cambridge
Left to right: Rachael Miller (Harrison), Jamie Dubois, Nicky Clayton, Francesca Cornero, Daniel Pini, Tom Liu, Elias Garcia-Pelegrin, Gabrielle Davidson, Izzy Crampton, Alex Schnell, Ming Ye, Ning Ding. Missing: James Davies, Emily Danby

Secured Funding

£5,000 Grant from Cambridge University

(May 2021)

Really pleased to have secured this funding to support my research as PI on my cognition in animal conservation project in critically endangered Bali myna, enabling me to employ research assistants (Elias Garcia-Pelegrin & Emily Danby) to assist in conducting research in 3 UK zoos in summer 2021.  

ASAB #FollowFriday

Excited to get a mention by Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)  on twitter -

thread below (Jan 2021): 

Hi! 👋 I’m a Postdoc Research Associate in Psychology at Cambridge University, UK, focussing on evolution of cognition through cognitive and behaviour research, primarily in humans and birds 🐦such as crows. I also have a strong interest in animal conservation (1/3)

Watching & working with animals always fascinated me - I started as a Zoo Keeper before becoming a researcher. My hands-on skills meant I could create 2 wild crow field sites and hand-rear & train birds for 2 captive study groups. I love that I do this research as a job! (2/3)

I am leading a world-wide collaboration testing response to novelty in 10 crow species, and working to create a broader multi-lab project on evolution of avian cognition. I’m also exploring ways to combine cognition research with conservation actions. Www.drrachaelmiller.com (3/3)

Shared resource

Journal Choice and Publication Costs (Nov 2020)

Below is a link to a non-exhaustive working document that I created as a lab resource and am sharing here for others to access if wished - with information about journals related to my fields (e.g. comparative psychology, behavioural ecology, cognitive biology, child development), including type, impact factor (2019) and publication costs (2020).

Shared resource

Journal Choice and Publication Costs

(Nov 2020)

Below is a link to a non-exhaustive working document that I created as a lab resource and am sharing here for others to access if wished - with information about journals related to my fields (e.g. comparative psychology, behavioural ecology, cognitive biology, child development), including type, impact factor (2019) and 

publication costs (2020).

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New publication

(4th November 2020)

Our latest study with these smart crows indicates that New Caledonian crows are able to plan for specific future tool use:

Boeckle M, Schiestl M, Frohnwieser A, Gruber R, Miller R, Suddendorf T, Gray RD, Taylor AH, Clayton NS. (2020) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287: 20201490

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Media Coverage

Our new publication in Animal Cognition (November 2019)

Examples of press interest that we received for our publication on self-control in young children and New Caledonian crows

 

(Miller et al., 2019. Animal Cognition)

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My Postdoc Lab: Image (taken October 2018) - Prof Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab, University of Cambridge
Left to right: Nicky Clayton, Camille Troisi, Piero Amodio (back), Anna Frohnwieser, Ben Farrar (back), Alex Schnell, Ljerka Ostojic, Rachel Crosby, Rachael Miller (Harrison). Missing: Ning Ding

New Postdoc position

(August 2019)

So pleased to have accepted a new 2-year part-time position in the Psychology Department at Cambridge University as Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Lab Manager in Prof Nicky Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab - delighted to continue to be part of this great research group and department! 

 

I am focussing on lab management, teaching and cognitive research with corvids (e.g. Eurasian jays) and humans. 

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New publication

WiRES: Cognitive Science (May 2019)

Our review on self-control in crows, parrots and non-human primates was in the top 10% most downloaded papers.

(Miller et al., 2019. WiRES Cognitive Science)

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Media Coverage

Our new publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences (January 2019)

Examples of press interest that we received for our publication on the ability of New Caledonian crows to make inferences about objects by observing the world around them


(Jelbert, Miller et al., 2019, Proceedings B)

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European Conference for Behavioural Biology

Liverpool, UK (August 2018)

A lovely conference and a great chance to catch up with friends and colleagues (e.g. from Vienna University/ Vet Med Vienna as in photo above), as well as making new connections. 

I presented a poster ​titled "Differences in decision-making flexibility in
New Caledonian crows, young children and adult humans in an inhibitory control tool-use task" (now published in PLoS ONE). Dr Anna Fronhwieser also presented a poster on one of our collaborative studies titled "Waiting for better or more: a comparison of inhibitory control in New Caledonian crows and young children" (now published in Animal Cognition). 

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Cambridge (March 2015)

Great news! I accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Prof Nicky Clayton's Comparative Cognition lab in Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.


Working on a European Research Council funded project on cognition research in corvids (Eurasian jays, rooks, New Caledonian crows) and humans (including children). 

Starting with leading in hand-rearing and training a new corvid research group! 

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PhD in Cognitive Biology

University of Vienna (February 2016)

Delighted to have been awarded my PhD in Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna, supervised by Prof Thomas Bugnyar and Dr Christine Schwab - what a wonderful research group and department. I very much enjoyed my time in Austria. 

Testing social learning in Eurasian jays using a stone-dropping task.

(Miller et al. 2016, Peer J)