ULB lecture 2012 – 2013

On November 9, 2012 Nicky Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition at Cambridge University, delivered a Philippe Wiener Lecture at the ULB on “Food for Thought: Planning of Meal Choices by Jays and Humans”. She was welcomed by Professor Axel Cleeremans of the ULB’s Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences.

As Professor Clayton explains,

“as humans, we spend much of our time planning for the long-term future, from shopping lists to pension plans. Traditionally, it has been argued that only humans are capable of such prospective cognition. I shall argue, however, that some non-human animals are also capable of anticipating the future, at least in a rudimentary form, and surprisingly, some of the most convincing evidence comes from members of the crow family that hide food for future consumption”.

The lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a reception.