Cambridge academics presentation to Deans and Heads of Department at ZhengZhou University with Professor’s Clayton and Wilkins

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Centro Tlaxcala de Biologia de la Conducta, Unversidad Automoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico. Behaviour Symposium. Conflict: Current validity and relevance of the four Tinbergen questions The Development and Evolution of Cognitive Illusions

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19th-22nd July 2021. Gutenberg International Conference Centre, Mainz, Germany. Biology of Dance: Social interactions. Symposium~ becoming social. Physical workshop

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The Captured Thought~ Professor’s Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins ‘Zoom’ across the world at top speed in the absence of travel

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The Captured Thought discusses The Moustachio Quartet. A series of three talks, devised by CCISTC, for Dalian University, China. Investigating the literary process~ from textual influences to origination of ideas and final editing. Professor Nicky Clayton FRS interviews the author Clive Wilkins

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Professors Nicky Clayton & Clive Wilkins went to SciFoo 2020. :-)

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN~ Magic Is (Literally) for the Birds~ What conjuring techniques can reveal about animal cognition ~ an article by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik October 13, 2020

The magician climbs into the cage to perform a show for one. For this special event, he eschews coins and cards for peanuts. He rolls his sleeves and faces his captive audience: a corvid bird by the name of Stuka. He shows Stuka a peanut and waves it through the air, sweeping it from one hand to another. Stuka tracks the treat, moving its head like a spectator at a tennis match. Then the magician opens his right hand and shows … nothing! The nut has disappeared! Stuka seems to look around for the missing legume, but the magician pulls it from inside his mouth. Was it there all along? Now the magician vanishes the peanut again, pulling it from his ear next. The peanut keeps magically switching from one place to another, and a second bird approaches to watch, perhaps out of curiosity. The question is, what are those birdbrains thinking?

Elias Garcia-Pelegrin learned to perform magic as an undergraduate student studying drama at University College London (UCL). Upon graduating—and realizing that acting wouldn’t pay the bills—he worked as a bar magician. He also took a job as a zookeeper in an aquarium and grew fascinated with the possible role of social transmission in the mating rituals of penguins. By then, he had gone back to college for a second degree in psychology. Now a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, Garcia-Pelegrin is set to apply his multifaceted background in psychology, zoology and magic to the study of animal cognition.

Garcia-Pelegrin’s approach, presented in a recent Science perspective co-authored by Alexandra Schnell, Clive Wilkins, and Nicola S. Clayton, follows in the footsteps of research deploying visual illusions to better understand perception in such disparate species as lions, horses, monkeys and bees. Their framework also extends prior explorations of the intersection of magic, psychology and neuroscience in subjects ranging from human audiences to nonhuman minds.

To read more visit https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/magic-is-literally-for-the-birds/

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Professors Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins of The Captured Thought have been invited to attend SciFoo 2020~ 23-25th October. Googleplex, Mountain View, California

About 250 attendees from all walks of life arrive at Googleplex in Mountain View, California, on a Friday for a weekend educational program — except there’s no program in place for them. And that’s intentional. Science Foo Camp — the “Foo” stands for “Friends of O’Reilly,” referencing publishing company O’Reilly Media, which hosts the event in collaboration with Google, Nature Publishing Group, and Digital Science — has been held annually since 2005 as part of a series of Foo Camps, including Social Science Foo Camp and the original Foo Camp that launched in 2003 as a hacker “unconference.”

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28th October 2020. 9am – 2.00pm Mexico time. 3pm-8pm UK time. Zoom presentation at the Centro Tlaxcala de Biologia de la Conducta, Unversidad Automoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico. Behaviour Symposium. “Conflict: Current validity and relevance of the four Tinbergen questions’ The Development and Evolution of Cognitive Illusions

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News from the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. UK

To find out more visit https://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/news/innovative-approach-psychologists-investigating-cognitive-parallels-attention-perception-and

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