Prof. Dr. Nicola Clayton (Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge) will give a talk as a part of RTG 2070 colloquiums on Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 12.15 (Lecture Hall, German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4). In the talk, Prof. Clayton will speak about “Ways of Thinking: From Crows to Children and Back Again” (see abstract below).
Feride N. Haskaraca Kizilay
Title: Ways of Thinking: From Crows to Children and Back Again
Abstract: This article reviews some of the recent work on the remarkable cognitive capacities of food-caching corvids. The focus will be on their ability to think about other minds and other times, and tool-using tests of physical problem solving. Research on developmental cognition suggests that young children do not pass similar tests until they are at least four years of age in the case of the social cognition experiments, and eight years of age in the case of the tasks that tap into physical cognition. This developmental trajectory seems surprising. Intuitively, one might have thought that the social and planning tasks required more complex forms of cognitive process, namely Mental Time Travel and Theory of Mind. Future research will hope to identify these cognitive milestones by starting to develop tasks that might go some way towards understanding the mechanisms underlying these abilities in both children and corvids, to explore similarities and differences in their ways of thinking and how this might further our understanding of the evolution of cognition.
Reference: Clayton, N. S. (2014). EPS Mid Career Award Lecture. Ways of Thinking: From Crows to Children and Back Again. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 209-241.