Gates Scholar’s essay in New Scientist

  • July 8, 2010

Gates Scholar Corina Logan's prize-winning essay on social behaviour in corvids.

Gates Scholars Corina Logan recently won the New Scientist / Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Science Writing Prize, for her essay on how corvids (birds in the crow family) support each other after stressful events. Her work is published this week in New Scientist.

She compares the behaviour of corvids after a dispute, when they tend to focus on their long-term partner and do not try to make up with their opponent, with that of many mammals, who feel the need to make up after fights in order to maintain their social networks.

Corina is working towards a PhD in Experimental Psychology, under the supervision of Professor Nicola Clayton.

Latest News

Why do we sleep?

What is the function of sleep? What happens when we fall asleep every night and why do we spend so much of our lives essentially parked? These are just some of the questions being addressed by Sridhar Jagannathan’s research. Sri [2015] began his PhD at Cambridge with an interest in how people lose consciousness naturally  […]

How to speak to young people about genocide

A Gates Cambridge Scholar is to present a very personal BBC Radio 4 series on how to educate young people about genocide and mass trauma next week. Alice Musabende [2016] will present Unspeakable, a five-part series which runs from 2-6 August* on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.  Alice is a former journalist from Rwanda, […]

The magic of music

Eighteen months ago, after finishing her PhD, Naomi Woo [2014] moved to Winnipeg to take up the role of assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The role is a first stepping stone to a career conducting orchestras in Canada and internationally. In this position, Naomi has conducted concerts for all audiences, but also had […]

Exploring the neural bases of consciousness

New insights into how neurochemical influences from the brainstem affect the rest of the brain to bring about consciousness could help brain-damaged patients and further our understanding of how consciousness works. A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS] by researchers at the Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge investigates the […]