Research

For many years I have done research on learning and cognition in animals, especially aspects of learning and memory that have a clear function in nature, as in foraging and spatial behavior. Recent research in the lab focussed on spatial learning in rats and memory processes in pigeons. Most recently I have been writing a second edition of my book, Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior, which was published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2009. I have recently completed a contribution to a new Oxford series of short texts on Fundamentals of Cognition, Fundamentals of Comparative Cognition. It was published in March 2012.

Other recent activities include participation in a conference on "Animal Minds, from Computation to Evolution" at the Royal Society of London in January 2012. The meeting was described in this news article in Science, March 2, 2012. In June, 2012, I gave the annual Hebb Lecture at the meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science.

I retired at the end of the 2008-09 academic year and am no longer supervising any new graduate or undergraduate students, post docs, or research assistants. However, I am always happy to talk about animal behavior and cognition and to informally advise students working in these areas.

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