Prof Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab, University of Cambridge, June 2019


Image below (taken June 2019): My current lab, Prof Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab,

University of Cambridge


New Funding

£5,000 Grant from Cambridge University

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 conduct 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. (3/3)


Journal Choice and Publication Costs

(Nov 2020)

I've added a link to a non-exhaustive working document 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). I created this as a lab resource for my current role but am sharing here in case it is also useful for others.


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)


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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New Postdoc position

(August 2019)

So pleased to have accepted a new 2-year part-time position in the Psychology Department at the Cambridge University as Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Lab Manager in Prof Nicky Clayton's Comparative Cognition Lab (lab photo at top of page from June 2019, lab photo above on Zoom from November 2020) - 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. 


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)


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). 


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! 


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)