Spain: PhD Scholarship

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A four-year funded PhD studentship is available at the University
of Valladolid to investigate the relationship between sociality and
cognition in carrion crows. Recent investigation on different corvid
species has revealed surprisingly advanced cognitive abilities that
sometimes rival those of non-human primates. In some species the
individuals proved to possess the “theory of mind”, that is the ability
of attribute mental states and intentions to other individuals, and to
modify their own behaviour according to the intentions attributed to

Sociality is though to be a key factor promoting the evolution of
intelligence, which appears to be more advanced in species that live in
stable groups. However, the adaptive function of intelligence in these
species is not yet clear, as it is not fully known how these cognitive
abilities are used in nature, what kind of problems they contribute to
solve, and how they influence individual decisions in a changing social
environment. We intend to address questions about social environment,
cognitive abilities, adaptive function of intelligence and cooperative
solution of problems in carrion crows kept in captivity.

Supervisors: Dr Vittorio Baglione (University of Valladolid); Dr Daniela Canestrari (University of Granada).

Requisites for applicants
Bachelor degree in Biology, Natural Sciences, Psychology
Master degree or related title (e.g. obtained through a 2 years program of research or specialization)
Good knowledge of English (certified through an official examination like IELTS, TOEFL, or similar)
Aptitude of working in a group, and capability of developing an independent research line

How to Apply
Send us an email to, explaining the reasons for applying as PhD student in our project, research interests, and previous experience.

Please include: A complete CV with indication of the requisites
stated above; two presentation letters from former professors or
employers; a research project of maximum 2 A4 sheets, written in

The deadline for applications is 30/10/2008
More information at


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