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Alex Taylor
Date of Birth: 25/4/83
Nationality: British

Auckland University, PhD, (2006- 2010)
Oxford University, (BA (Hons)) Biological Sciences, 1st , (2001-2004)
Bolton School (Boys’ Division) (1996-2001)

Career History:
Lecturer, Psychology Department, Auckland University (2012-)
Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (2010-)
Posdoctoral researcher, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge (2010-)
Postdoctoral researcher, Psychology Department, Auckland University (2009-12)

Scientific publications:

Taylor, A. H. Corvid Cognition WIREs Cogn Sci 2014. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1286

Taylor, A. H., Miller, R., & Gray, R. D. (2013). Reply to Boogert et al.: The devil is unlikely to be in association or distraction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences110 (4), E274-E274.

Taylor, A. H., Miller, R., & Gray, R. D. (2013). Reply to Dymond et al.: Clear evidence of habituation counters counterbalancing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences110 (5), E337-E337.

Taylor, A. H., Knaebe, B., & Gray, R. D. (2012). An end to insight? New Caledonian crows can spontaneously solve problems without planning their actions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279 (1749), 4977-4981. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1998.

Taylor, A. H., Miller, R., & Gray, R. D. (2012). New Caledonian crows reason about hidden causal agents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (40), 16389-16391. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208724109.

Taylor, A. H., & Clayton, N. S. (2012). Evidence from convergent evolution and causal reasoning suggests that conclusions on human uniqueness may be premature. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 39-40.

Taylor, A. H., Hunt, G. R., & Gray, R. D. (2012). Context-dependent tool use in New Caledonian crows. Biology Letters, 8 (2), 205-207. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0782.

Taylor, A. H., Elliffe, D. M., Hunt, G. R., Emery, N. J., Clayton, N. S., & Gray, R. D. (2011). New Caledonian crows learn the functional properties of novel tool types. PLoS One, 6 (12), e26887. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026887.

Medina, F. S., Taylor, A. H., Hunt, G. R., & Gray, R. D. (2011). New Caledonian crows’ responses to mirrors. Animal Behaviour, 82 (5), 981-993. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.07.033.

Holzhaider, J. C., Sibley, M. D., Taylor, A. H., Singh, P. J., Gray, R. D., & Hunt, G. R. (2011). The social structure of New Caledonian crows. Animal Behaviour, 81 (1), 83-92. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.09.015.

Taylor, A. H., Medina, F. S., Holzhaider, J. C., Hearne, L. J., Hunt, G. R., & Gray, R. D. (2010). An Investigation into the Cognition Behind Spontaneous String Pulling in New Caledonian Crows. PLoS ONE, 5 (2). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009345. 

Taylor, A. H., Elliffe, D., Hunt, G. & Gray R.D (2010). Complex cognition and behavioural innovation in New Caledonian crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277: 2637–2643.

Taylor, A. H. and Gray, R.D. (2009). Animal cognition: Aesop’s fable flies from fiction to fact. Current Biology 19, R731-R732.

Taylor, A. H., Hunt, G. R., Roberts R. & Gray, R. D. (2009b). Causal reasoning in New Caledonian crows: ruling out spatial analogies and sampling error. Communicative and Integrative Biology 2, 311-312.

Taylor, A. H., Hunt, G. R., Medina, F. S. & Gray, R. D. (2009a). Do New Caledonian crows solve physical problems through causal reasoning? Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 276, 247-254.

Taylor, A. H.., Hunt, G. R., Holzhaider, J. C. & Gray, R. D. (2007). Spontaneous metatool use by New Caledonian crows. Current Biology 17, 1504-1507.

Other information:

Reviewer for Science
Review for Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
Reviewer for Proceeding of the Royal Society: B
Reviewer for Animal Cognition
Reviewer for Biology and Philosophy
Reviewer for Biology Letters
Reviewer for Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Reviewer for Journal of Comparative Psychology
Reviewer for PloS One