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Efrat Dener; Alex Kacelnik; Hagai Shemesh. Pea Plants Show Risk Sensitivity. Current Biology (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.008.

Antone Martinho III* and Alex Kacelnik. Ducklings imprint on the relational concept of  "same or different" Science 353, 286 (2016). Doi: 10.1126/science.aaf4247.

Eric A. Thrailkill, Alex Kacelnik, Fay Porritt & Mark E. Bouton. Increasing the persistence of a heterogeneous behavior chain: Studies of extinction in a rat model of search behavior of working dogs. Behavioural Processes, Volume 129, pp 44-53; doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2016.05.009

Max Burton-Chellew, Alex Kacelnik, Michal Arbilly, Miguel dos Santos, Kimberley J. Mathot, John M. McNamara, Friederike Mengel, Joël van der Weele, and Björn Vollann. The
Ecological and Economic Conditions of Parasitic Strategies. E. Strüngmann Forum(in press)

Antone Martinho III* and Alex Kacelnik Swapping Mallards: Monocular imprints in ducklings are unavailable to the opposite eye. (In press). Animal Behaviour

Fay Porritt F; Shapiro M, Waggoner M; Mitchell E; Thomson T; Nicklin S; Kacelnik A. Performance decline by search dogs in repetitive tasks, and mitigation strategies. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Volume 166, May 2015, Pages 112-122. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2015.02.013

Vasconcelos M, Monteiro T, Kacelnik A (2015) Irrational choice and the value of information. Scientific Reports (2015). 5:13874 doi:10.1038/srep13874

Martinho A; Biro D; Guilford, T; Gagliardo, A; Kacelnik A. (2015) Asymmetric Visual Input and Route Recapitulation in Homing Pigeons, Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 282: 20151957. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1957

Vasconcelos M, Fortes, I, Kacelnik A (in press). On the structure and role of optimality models in the study of behavior. APA Handbook of Comparative Psychology

Fiorini, V.D., Gloag, R., Kacelnik, A. Reboreda, J-C (2014). Strategic egg destruction by brood-parasitic cowbirds?. Animal Behaviour 93, 229-235. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.04.038

Jacobs, I.F., Osvath, M., Osvath, H., Mioduszewska, B., von Bayern, A.M.P., and Kacelnik, A. (2014). Object caching in corvids: Incidence and significance. Behav Process 102, 25-32. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2013.12.003

Winkler W David, Jørgensen  Christian, Both  Christiaan, Houston I Alasdair, McNamara M John, Levey J Douglas, Partecke  Jesko, Fudickar  Adam, Kacelnik  Alex, Roshier  David, Piersma  Theunis. (2014) Cues, strategies, and outcomes: how migrating vertebrates track environmental change. Movement Ecology 2014, 2:10  doi:10.1186/2051-3933-2-10

Auersperg AMI, von Bayern, AMI, Weber S, Szabadvari A, Bugnyar T, Kacelnik A. (2014) Social transmission of tool use and tool manufacture in Goffin cockatoos (Cacatua goffini). Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20140972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0972

Gallup, A.C., Chong, A., Kacelnik, A., Krebs, J.R.& Couzin, I.D. The influence of emotional facial expressions on gaze-following in grouped and solitary pedestrians. Sci. Rep. 4, 5794; DOI:10.1038/srep05794 (2014)

 Auersperg, AMI, van Horik, JO, Thomas Bugnyar T, Kacelnik A, Emery NJ, von Bayern AMP. Combinatory Actions during Object Play in Parrots and Corvids. Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol 129(1), Feb 2015, 62-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038314

Martinho A; Burns ZT; von Bayern AMP; Kacelnik A. Monocular tool control, eye dominance, and laterality in New Caledonian crows. Current Biology Volume 24, Issue 24, 15 December 2014, Pages 2930-2934 ;  DOI: >http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.035).

Monteiro T, Vasconcelos M, Kacelnik A. 2013 Starlings uphold principles of economic rationality for delay and probability of reward. Proc R Soc B 280: 20122386. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.2386

Vasconcelos M, Monteiro T, Kacelnik A (2013) Context-Dependent Preferences in Starlings: Linking Ecology, Foraging and Choice. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64934. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064934

Gloag, R. and Kacelnik, A.  (2013) Host manipulation via begging call structure in the brood-parasitic shiny cowbird, Animal Behaviour (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.04.018

Auersperg AMI, Kacelnik A, von Bayern AMP (2013) Explorative Learning and Functional Inferences on a Five-Step Means-Means-End Problem in Goffins's ['Cockatoos (Cacatua goffini). PLoS ONE 8(7): e68979. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068979

Kacelnik A, El Mouden C (2013). Triumphs and trials of the risk paradigm. Animal Behaviour 86: 1117-1129 doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.09.034

Gloag, R., Fiorini, V.D., Reboreda, J-C and Kacelnik, A. (2013). The wages of violence: mobbing by mockingbirds as a frontline defence against brood-parasitic cowbirds. Animal Behaviour 86: 1023-1029 doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.09.007

Burt de Perera, T, Holbrook R,Davis V, Kacelnik A,Guilford T. Navigating in a volumetric world: metric encoding in the vertical axis of space. Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Oct;36(5):546-7; discussion 571-87

Vasconcelos M, Monteiro T, Kacelnik A (2013). Context-Dependent Preferences in Starlings: Linking Ecology, Foraging and Choice. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64934doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.002

Auersperg AMI, Kacelnik A, von Bayern AMP. (2013). Explorative learning and functional inferences on a five-step means-end problem in Goffin's cockatoos (Cacatua goffini). PlosOne In Press.

Gloag, R. & Kacelnik, A. (2013). Host manipulation via begging call structure in the brood parasitic shiny cowbird. Animal Behaviour In Press.

Auersperg, A. M. I., Szabo, B., von Bayern, A. M. P. & Kacelnik, A. (2012). Spontaneous innovation of tool use and flexible manufacture in the Goffin's cockatoo (Cacatua goffini). Current Biology 22(21):R903-904. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.002

Gloag, R., Fiorini, F., Reboreda, J-C. & Kacelnik, A. (2012). Brood parasite eggs enhance host egg survival in a multiply parasitized host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1734): 1831-1839. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2047

Aw, J., Montiero, T., Vasconceles, M. & Kacelnik, A. (2012). Cognitive mechanisms of risky choice:Is there an evaluation cost? Behavioural Processes 89(2): 95-103. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.09.007

Shapiro, M. S.,Schuck-Paim, C. & Kacelnik, A. (2012). Risk sensitivity for amounts of and delay to rewards: Adaptation for uncertainty or by-product of reward rate maximising? Behavioural Processes 89(2): 104-114. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.08.016

Freidin, E. & Kacelnik, A. (2011). Rational choice, context dependence, and the value of information in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Science 334(6058): 1000-1002. doi:10.1126/science.1209626

Gloag, R., Tuero, D. T., Fiorini, V. D., Reboreda, J-C. & Kacelnik, A. (2011). The economics of nestmate-killing in avian brood parasites: a provisions trade-off. Behavioral Ecology 23(1): 132-140. doi:10.1093/beheco/arr166

Auersperg, A. M. I., von Bayern, A. M. P., Gajdon, G. K., Huber, L. & Kacelnik, A. (2011). Flexibility in problem-solving and tool use of Kea and New Caledonian crows in a multi-access box paradigm. PLOS One e20231 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020231

Aw, J. M., Vasconcelos, M., & Kacelnik, A. (2011). How costs affect preferences: Experiments on state-dependence, hedonic state and within-trial contrast in starlings. Animal Behaviour 81(6): 1117-1128. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.02.015

Kenward, B., Schloegl, C., Rutz, C. Weir, A. S., Bugnyar, T. & Kacelnik, A. (2011). On the evolutionary and ontogenetic origins of tool-oriented behavior in New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102(4): 870-877. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01613.x

Wimpenny, J. H., Weir, A. A. S., & Kacelnik, A. (2011). New Caledonian crows use tools for non-foraging activities. Animal Cognition 14(3):459-464. doi:10.1007/s10071-010-0366-1

Kacelnik, A., Vasconcelos, M., Monteiro, T., & Aw, J. (2011). Darwin's Tug-of-War vs. Starlings' Horse-Racing: how adaptations for sequential encounters drive simultaneous choice. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65(3): 547-558. doi:10.1007/s00265-010-1101-2

Rutz, C., Bluff, L. A., Reed, N., Toscianko,J., Newton, J. Inger, R., Kacelnik, A., Bearhop, S. (2010). The ecological significance of tool use in New Caledonian crows. Science 329(5998): 1523-1526. doi:10.1126/science.1192053

Bluff, L.A., Kacelnik, A., & Rutz, C. (2010). Vocal culture in New Caledonian crows Corvus moneduloides. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101: 767-776. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01613.x

Bluff, L.A., Troscianko, J., Weir, A.A.S., Kacelnik, A. & Rutz, C. (2010). Tool use by wild New Caledonian crows Corvus moneduloides at natural foraging sites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 1377-1385. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1953.

Vasconcelos, M., Monteiro, T., Aw, J., & Kacelnik, A. (2010). Choice in multi-alternative environments: A trial-by-trial implementation of the Sequential Choice Model. Behavioural Processes 84: 435-439. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2009.11.010

Pompilio, L. & Kacelnik, A. (2010). Context-dependent utility overrides absolute memory as a determinant of choice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 508-512. doi:10.1073/pnas.0909468107

von Bayern, A.M.P., Heathcote, R.J.P., Rutz, C., & Kacelnik, A. (2009). The Role of Experience in Problem Solving and Innovative Tool Use in Crows. Current Biology 19(22): 1965-1968. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.10.037

Kacelnik, A. (2009) Tools for thought or thoughts for tools? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 10071-10072. doi:10.1073/pnas.0904735106

Wimpenny, J.H., Weir, A.A.S., Clayton, L., Rutz, C., & Kacelnik, A. (2009) Cognitive Processes Associated with Sequential Tool Use in New Caledonian Crows. PLoS ONE 4(8): e6471. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006471.

Aw, J.M, Holbrook, R.I., Burt de Perera, T., & Kacelnik, A. (2009) State-dependent valuation learning in fish: Banded tetras prefer stimuli associated with greater past deprivation. Behavioural Processes 81: 333-336. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2008.09.00.

Freidin, E. Aw, J. & Kacelnik, A. (2009) Sequential and simultaneous choices: Testing the diet selection and sequential Choice models. Behavioural Processes 80:218-223.doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2008.12.001