News

April, 2019 Christina and Kevin presented research at the Comparative Cognition Conference in Melbourne, Florida.

September, 2018 Read the first paper from our lab with canine subjects in the new Special Issue of Learning and Behaviour!

September, 2018 Welcome to Breanna Cheri, our new Master’s student in Psychology!

September, 2018 Congratulations to Megan Siemens for being awarded the Certificate of Academic Excellence by the Canadian Psychological Association for her Master’s research on the Effects of Age on Featural and Geometric Cue Use During Reorientation in an Immersive Virtual Reality Experiment.

August, 2018 Congratulations to Shiva Shabro for receiving both the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship, and the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship.

February, 2018 A new paper from the lab, looking at long-term memory capacity in the Clark's nutcracker! Find more details on our publications page.

November, 2017 Check out our new publication in Integrative Zoology, looking at the effects of the sun compass on spatial search by Clark's nutcrackers.

November, 2017 Dr. Debbie Kelly gave a presentation on sex differences in spatial navigation by Clark's nutcracker at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC.

October, 2017 Two new papers from members of the lab out in October: on songbird nest predation and mouse spatial navigation. Check out our publications page for more details.

October, 2017 Congratulations to Hera for winning first place in her category at the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition! .

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October, 2017 Welcome to Shiva Shabro, our new Master's student, and Dr. Christina Meier, our new post-doctoral fellow!

October, 2017 Alizée Vernouillet gave our lab's first presentation on canine cognition at the First International North American Canine Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

August, 2017 Dr. Debbie Kelly gave a presentation on spatial navigation of the Clark's nutcracker at the Integrative Zoology conference in Xining, China.

July, 2017 Dr. Debbie Kelly presented data from our experiments on pinyon jay cache protection strategies at Behaviour 2017 in Estoril, Portugal.

February, 2017 A new paper from the Kelly Lab was published in the Psychological Science, showcasing incredible abstract concept learning in magpies! See our publication page for more details.

October, 2016 Click here to download the newest publication from our lab in Frontiers in Psychology, titled "Clark's Nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) Flexibly Adapt Caching Behaviour to a Cooperative Context"!

Congratulations to Dr. Dawson Clary for successfully defending his PhD thesis, titled "The Social Cognitive Abilities of the Clark's Nutcracker: From Self to Other". Way to go Dawson!

September, 2016 Congratulations to Megan for winning a Manitoba Graduate Scholarship!

Congratulations to Dr. Dawson Clary for successfully defending his PhD thesis, titled "The Social Cognitive Abilities of the Clark's Nutcracker: From Self to Other". Way to go Dawson!

June, 2016 Congratulations to Ashley for cleaning up at the Psychology Honours Banquet! Ashley won one of the two "Best Oral Presentation" awards, one of the three CPA awards for "thesis most ready for publication", and the memorial Ten Have Award for the most outstanding thesis of the year! Way to go Ashley!

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June, 2016 Great job to Megan on her succesful Master's thesis proposal defence, titled "The Effect of Aging on the Use of Featural and Geometric Cues During Reorientation in a Virtual Environment".

June, 2016 Congratulations to Alizée for winning the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship!

May, 2016 Congratulations to Megan for winning the Centre on Aging's Esther and Samuel Wilmot Scholarship!

April, 2016 A new paper from the Kelly Lab was published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, introducing a new measurement for assessing spatial orientation in a virtual reality environment! See our publication page for more details.

April, 2016 Teagan presented at the Comparative Cognition Conference in Melbourne, Florida, with her talk titled "Use of local geometric cues and medial axes for reorientation by the Clark's nutcracker ("Nucifraga columbiana")"

Teagan Comparative Cognition Conference



April, 2016 Congratulations to Alizée for passing her Ph.D. proposal!

April, 2016 Congratulations to Teagan for receiving the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) scholarship!

Papers published in 2015
  • Wright, A.A., Magnotti, J.F., Katz, J.S., Leonard, K., & Kelly, D.M. (2015). Concept learning set-size functions for Clark's nutcrackers. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Magnotti,J.F.,Katz,J.S.,Wright,A.A., & Kelly,D.M.(2015). Superior abstract-concept learning by Clark’s nutcrack-ers (Nucifraga columbiana). Biology Letters, 11. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0148 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/ rsbl.2015.0148
  • Reichert, J.F., & Kelly, D.M. (2015). How Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) weigh geometric cues depends on their previous experience. Animal Cognition, DOI10.1007/s10071-015-0866-0.
November, 2015 - Congratulations to Teagan Bisbing and Megan Siemens for each receiving the University of Manitoba Psychology Graduate Fellowship!

PGF Acceptance



October, 2015 Congratulations to Viktoriya for winning Third Place in the Natural Sciences category of the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Poster Competition!

Vikyoriya Poster Award



August, 2015 - We are happy to welcome two new students to the lab this September:
  • Teagan Bisbing has been accepted into the Psychology Department PhD Program
  • Megan Siemens has been accepted into the Psychology Department Master's Degree Program
April, 2015 - Congratulations to Dawson Clary for winning the Ron Weisman Outstanding Student Presentation Award: Paper

April, 2015 - Debbie Kelly, Sebastian Schwarz, Dawson Clary, Alizée Vernouillet, and Kevin Leonard all presented work at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition

November 2014 - Watch Dr. Debbie Kelly's TedX Talk: Bird Brain - Fact or Fiction (YouTube)