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Why study corvid cognition?

The station

KORPGLUGGEN
– corvid research blog

LUCS
Cognitive Zoology Group

About

Trying to understand the minds of crow birds is a difficult task, but also a, perhaps, surprisingly important one. Crow birds, in many senses, have a much different brains from us, the mammals. Despite this, corvid cognition is quite similar to that of mammals, even to those we regard as the most cognitively sophisticated. This indicates that cognition is more than meets the eye when we today look at a brain. We wish to understand how ravens in particular perceive and process their world. How their minds, and to lesser extent their brain, is organized. Why do they appear to be so intelligent?

Lund University Corvid Cognition Station is part of the sub department of Cognitive Science (LUCS) at the Department of Philosophy. The station is situated in Brunnslöv, 35 kilometres from Lund. It is directed by researcher Mathias Osvath.

By studying cognition in very similar as well as very different systems, comparative research also addresses the question of how certain minds are made in general. The corvid cognition station therefore works in tandem with the primate research station.

Contact information

Mathias Osvath
Scientific Director
mathias.osvath@lucs.lu.se
+46 (0)46 222 3299

Helena Osvath
Project assistant
helena.osvath@lucs.lu.se

Collaborators

Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna