Author Archives: Amanda Seed

New study on chimpanzee working memory

Chimpanzees flexibly update working memory contents and show susceptibility to distraction in the self-ordered search task https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rspb.2019.0715 “Our findings suggest that chimpanzees perform similar to seven-year-old children in an intuitive working memory task that does not rely on extensive training,” … Continue reading

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Can four-year-olds really plan for the future?

        A new test for future planning (Dickerson et al in press) that controls for association finds that four-year-olds may be influenced more by an object’s associative value than its future usefulness. http://news.st-andrews.ac.uk/archive/are-four-year-olds-able-to-plan-for-the-future/  

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Congratulations to Dr. Megan Lambert

Recently Megan passed her PhD viva at the University of York and is now a fully-fledged PhD!  Well done Megan

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2 PhD studentships available in the Seed lab: applications welcome

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Novel form of spontaneous tool use in greater Vasa parrots

Megan’s paper on tool use is in captive Vasa parrots is out this week!  Megan documented Vasa parrots at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park using pebbles and date pits to grind calcium from shells.  They shared their tools with one another too … Continue reading

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Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship competition now open

I was lucky enough to have one of these excellent fellowships – closing date Feb 2015.

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