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Dr Corina Logan


Corina Logan has left the Department to take up a new post in Germany:

Senior Researcher
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


As a comparative psychologist and zoologist, I aim to resolve fundamental questions about the evolution of brain size, behavioural flexibility, and complex cognition, and understand how species adapt to and invade novel environments using field and lab experiments.

Research Interests

I investigate how sociality, ecology, and genetics influence brain size in red deer and behavioural flexibility in great-tailed grackles (an invasive bird species).

Key Publications

  • Logan CJ, Palmstrom CR. In press. Can endocranial volume be accurately estimated from external skull measurements in great-tailed grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus)? PeerJ.
  • Logan CJ, Jelbert SA, Breen AJ, Gray RD, Taylor AH. 2014. Modifications to the Aesop’s Fable paradigm change performances in New Caledonian crows. PLOS ONE 9(7):e103049. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103049.
  • Carter AJ, Horrocks NPC, Huchard E, Logan CJ, Lukas D, MacLeod KJ, Marshall HH, Peck HL, Sanderson J, Sorensen M. 2014. Junior scientists are sceptical of sceptics of open access. Trends in Plant Science 20:1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2014.04.005
  • Logan CJ. 2014. Making progress in non-human mental time travel. Frontiers in Psychology 5:305. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00305.
  • Logan CJ, Clutton-Brock TH. 2013. Validating methods for estimating endocranial volume in individual red deer (Cervus elaphus). Behavioural Processes 92:143-146. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2012.10.015.
  • Logan CJ, Emery NJ, Clayton NS. 2013. Alternative behavioral measures of corvid post-conflict affiliation. Behavioral Ecology 24:98-112. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars140.
  • Logan CJ, Ostojic Lj, Clayton NS. 2013. Rook, but not jackdaw, post-conflict third-party affiliation reduces aggression for aggressors. Ethology 119:1-9. doi: 10.1111/eth.12078.
  • Logan CJ, O’Donnell S, Clayton NS. 2011. A case of mental time travel in ant-following birds? Behavioral Ecology 22(6):1149-1153. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arr104.

Other Publications

  • O’Donnell S, Kumar A, Logan C. 2014. Do Nearctic migrant birds compete with residents at army ant raids? A geographic and seasonal analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126:474-487. doi:
  • Logan CJ, Longino JT. 2013. Adult male coatis play with a band of juveniles. Brazilian Journal of Biology 73:353-355. doi: 10.1590/S1519-69842013000200015
  • O’Donnell S, Logan C, Clayton NSC. 2012. Specializations of birds that attend army ant raids: an ecological approach to cognitive and behavioral studies. Behavioural Processes 91(3):267-274. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2012.09.007
  • O’Donnell S, Kumar A, Logan C. 2010. Army ant raid attendance and bivouac checking behavior by Neotropical montane forest birds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:503-512.
  • Logan CJ, Montero C. 2009. Bothrops asper (Terciopelo) scavenging behavior. Herpetological Review 40:352. 
  • Logan CJ, Pepper JW. 2007. Social learning is central to innovation, in primates and beyond. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30:416-417. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X07002476