Research Programs

Visual Search and Virtual Evolution
Spatial Cognition and Navigation
Evolution of Behavioral Flexibility
Comparative Social Cognition



Virtual Evolution

Bond, A.B. (2007) The evolution of color polymorphism: Crypticity, searching images, and apostatic selection. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics38: 489-514. Full Text or PDF

Bond, A.B. & Kamil, A.C. (2006) Spatial heterogeneity, predator cognition, and the evolution of color polymorphism in virtual prey. PNAS 103: 3214-3219. PDF

Bond, A.B. & Kamil, A.C. (2002). Visual predators select for crypticity and polymorphism in virtual prey. Nature 415: 609-614. PDF

Kamil, A.C. & Bond, A.B. (2002) Cognition as an independent variable: Virtual ecology. In: M. Bekoff, C. Allen & G. Burghardt (Eds.), The Cognitive Animal (pp. 143-149). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Link to Book

Kamil, A.C. & Bond, A.B. (2001) The evolution of virtual ecology. In: L.A. Dugatkin (Ed.), Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology (pp. 288-310). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Link to Book

Bond, A.B. & Kamil, A.C.(1998). Apostatic selection by blue jays produces balanced polymorphism in virtual prey. Nature 395: 594-596. PDF


Searching Images and Selective Attention

Kamil, A.C. & Bond, A.B. (2006) Selective attention, priming, and foraging behavior. In: T.R. Zentall & E. Wasserman (Eds.), Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations Of Animal Intelligence (pp. 106-126). Oxford: Oxford U. Press. Link to Book

Dukas, R., & Kamil, A.C. (2001). Limited attention: The constraint underlying search image. Behavioral Ecology 12: 192-199. PDF

Dukas, R. & Kamil, A. C. (2000). The cost of limited attention in blue jays. Behavioral Ecology 11: 502-506. PDF

Bond, A.B. & Kamil, A.C. (1999). Searching image in blue jays: Facilitation and interference in sequential priming. Animal Learning and Behavior 27: 461-471. PDF

Kono, H., Reid, P.J. & Kamil, A.C. (1998). The effect of background cuing on prey detection. Animal Behaviour 56: 963-972. PDF

Langley, C., Riley, D.A., Bond, A.B. & Goel, N. 1995). Visual search for natural grains in pigeons: Search images and selective attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 22: 139-151. PDF

Bond, A.B. & Riley, D.A. (1991). Searching image in the pigeon: A test of three hypothetical mechanisms. Ethology 87: 203-224. PDF

Kamil, A.C., Lindstrom, F. & Peters, J. (1985). The detection of cryptic prey by blue jays. I. The effects of travel time. Animal Behaviour 33: 1068-1079. PDF

Bond, A.B. (1983). Visual search and selection of natural stimuli in the pigeon: the attention threshold hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 9: 292-306. PDF

Bond, A.B. (1982). The bead game: response strategies in free assortment. Human Factors 24: 101-110. PDF

Pietrewicz, A.T. & Kamil, A.C. (1981). Search images and the detection of cryptic prey: An operant approach. In: A.C. Kamil & T.D. Sargent (Eds.), Foraging Behavior: Ecological, Ethological, and Psychological Approaches (pp. 311-331). New York: Garland.

Pietrewicz, A.T. & Kamil, A.C.(1979). Search image formation in the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata). Science 204: 1332-1333. PDF

Pietrewicz, A.T. & Kamil, A.C. (1977). Visual detection of cryptic prey by blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata). Science 195: 580-582. PDF


Spatial Cognition and Navigation

Gibson, B. M., & Kamil, A. C. (2005). The fine-grained spatial abilities of three seed-caching corvids. Learning & Behavior. 33:59-66.

Goodyear, A. J., & Kamil, A. C. (2004). Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) and the effects of goal-landmark distance on overshadowing. Journal of Comparative Psychology 118:258-264. Request a PDF of this article

Kamil, A.C., Goodyear, A.J. & Cheng, K. (2001). The use of landmarks by Clark’s nutcrackers: First tests of a new model. Journal of Navigation 54: 429-435. PDF

Kamil, A. C., & Cheng, K. (2001). Way-finding and landmarks: The multiple-bearings hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Biology 204: 103-113. PDF

Kamil, A. C. & Jones, J. E. (2000). Geometric rule learning by Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 26: 439-453. Abstract (HTML)

Gould-Beierle, K. L., & Kamil, A. C. (1999). The role of proximity in landmark use by Clark's nutcrackers. Animal Behaviour 58:477-488.

Kamil, A. C., Balda, R. P., & Good, S. (1999). Patterns of movement and orientation during caching and recovery by Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana). Animal Behaviour 57:1327-1335. Abstract (HTML)

Kamil, A. C., & Jones, J. E. (1997). Clark's nutcrackers learn geometric relationships among landmarks. Nature 390:276-279. PDF

Olson, D.J., Kamil, A.C., Balda, R.P. & Nims, P.J. (1995). Performance of four seed-caching corvid species in operant tests of nonspatial and spatial memory. Journal of Comparative Psychology 109: 173-181.

Balda, R.P. & Kamil, A.C. (1989). A comparative study of cache recovery by three corvid species. Animal Behaviour 37: 486-495.


Behavioral Flexibility in Parrots

Diamond, J., Eason, D., Reid, C. & Bond, A.B. (2006) Social play in kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) with comparisons to kea (Nestor notabilis) and kaka (Nestor meridionalis). Behaviour 143: 1397-1423. PDF

Bond, A.B. & Diamond, J. (2005). Geographic and ontogenetic variation in the contact calls of the kea (Nestor notabilis). Behaviour 142: 1-20. PDF

Diamond, J. & Bond, A.B. (2004). Social play in kaka (Nestor meridionalis) with comparisons to kea (Nestor notabilis). Behaviour 141: 777-799. PDF

Diamond, J & A.B. Bond. (2003). A comparative analysis of social play in birds. Behaviour 140: 1091-1115. PDF

Diamond, J. & A.B. Bond. (2002). Play in parrots. Interpretive Birding 3: 56-57.

Diamond, J. & Bond, A.B. (1999). Kea, Bird of Paradox: The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot. Berkeley, CA: U. of California Press. Link to Book

Diamond, J. & A.B. Bond. (1999). The parrot that plays. Australasian Sciences 20: 17-19.

Bond, A.B. & J. Diamond. (1995). Sex differences in the behavior of the kea, Nestor notabilis, using overlapping clustering. Animal Behavior Society, 32nd Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE. Abstract

Bond, A.B. & Diamond, J. (1992). Population estimates of kea in Arthur's Pass National Park. Notornis 39: 151-160. PDF

Diamond, J. & A.B. Bond. (1991). Social behavior and the ontogeny of foraging in the Kea (Nestor notabilis). Ethology 88: 128-144. PDF

Bond, A.B., K.J. Wilson, & J. Diamond. (1991). Sexual dimorphism in the kea (Nestor notabilis). Emu 91: 12-19. PDF

Diamond, J. & A.B. Bond. (1989). Lasting responsiveness of a kea (Nestor notabilis) toward its mirror image. Avicultural Magazine 89: 92-94. PDF

Diamond, J. & A.B. Bond. (1989). The curious kea. ZooNooz 62: 5-9.


Comparative Social Cognition

Bond, A.B., Kamil, A.C. & Balda, R.P. (2007). Serial reversal learning and the evolution of behavioral flexibility in three species of North American corvids (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus, Nucifraga columbiana, Aphelocoma californica). Journal of Comparative Psychology 121: 372-379. PDF

Paz-y-Miño C, G., A.B. Bond, A.C. Kamil & R.P. Balda. (2004). Pinyon jays use transitive inference to predict social dominance. Nature 430: 778-781. PDF

Bond, A.B., Kamil, A.C. & Balda, R.P. (2003). Social complexity and transitive inference in corvids. Animal Behaviour, 65: 479-487. PDF

Templeton, J.J., Kamil, A.C. & Balda, R.P. (1999). Sociality and social learning in two species of corvids. Journal of Comparative Psychology 113: 450-455.

Balda, R.P., Kamil, A.C. & Bednekoff, P.A. (1997). Predicting cognitive capacities from natural histories: Examples from four corvid species. Current Ornithology 13: 33-66.

Kamil, A.C. (1988). A synthetic approach to the study of animal intelligence. In: D.W. Leger (Ed.), Comparative Perspectives in Modern Psychology: Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, Vol. 35 (pp. 230-257). Lincoln, NE: U. of Nebraska Press. PDF