Comparative Cognition Laboratory

Welcome to the Comparative Cognition laboratory at the University of Manitoba, directed by Dr. Debbie Kelly.

University of Manitoba Comparative Cognition Lab

From left to right: Alizée Vernouillet, Treyvna William, Christina Meier, Rand Abdul-Redha, Debbie Kelly, Sarah Kowall, Parisa Sepheri, Shiva Shabro, Dawson Clary, Kevin Leonard
Missing from photo: Breanna Cheri, James Reichert, Thomas Rawliuk, Iroshini Gunasekera

Graduate Student Position:The labs of Drs. Debbie Kelly (Dept. Psychology) and Jason Treberg (Dept. Biological Sciences) at the University of Manitoba are looking for a motivated student to begin a Master’s Degree working on project that combines evaluating the importance of physiological condition on cognition in young-adult and old individuals of long-lived pigeons (Columbia livia). The project would combine methods for characterizing the metabolic state of individual birds with experiments to evaluate cognition through tests that involve food reward as an incentive.
Click here to see more about Dr. Jason Treberg's lab.
Interested individuals should contact either Dr. Kelly (Debbie.Kelly @ or Dr. Treberg (Jason.Treberg @ Please include a brief statement of relevant experience and an up-to-date C.V.

Volunteers:We are currently looking to recruit students interested in gaining valuable research experience to our laboratory for a project examining dog cognition, as well as with our numerous projects on avian cognition. For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Kelly.


July, 2019: Welcome to Nanxi Huang, who is joining our lab as a MSc student through the Department of Biological Sciences.

June, 2019: Congratulations to Alizée Vernouillet who just accepted a position as Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge.

June, 2019: Congratulations to Breanna Cheri who was awarded a Manitoba Research Master’s Scholarship for her studies in analogical reasoning in corvids.

June, 2019: Please see our latest publication on Motoric Self-Regulation by Sled Dogs and Pet Dogs and the Acute Effect of Carbohydrate Source in Sled Dogs, in press at Animal Cognition.

May, 2019: Shiva Shabro presented a poster on her studies examining age-related changes of the avian brain measured by FDG-PET imaging during the Manitoba Neuroscience Network conference.

Shiva at MNN Conference

May, 2019: Welcome to Alejandro Rodrigo, who is joining our lab for the summer from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Christina at CO3

Kevin at CO3

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