Alan C. Kamil
Alan Kamil

Ph.D University of Wisconsin, 1967
Contact Information
348 Manter Hall


Research Interests

The study of how animals use their cognitive abilities in the context of their natural history. Current specific interests are the use of spatial and episodic memory by seed-caching corvids, search images and the evolution of cryptic prey, and making inferences about social relationships.


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 Comparative Psychology. 121:372-379.

Lewis, J. L., & Kamil, A. C. 2006. Interference effects in the memory for serially presented locations in Clark's nutcrackers, Nucifraga columbiana. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. 32: 407-418.

  • Kamil, A. C., & Bond, A. B. 2006. Selective Attention, Priming and Foraging Behavior. In E.A. Wasserman & T. R. Zentall (Eds.) Comparative Cognition: A Natural Science Approach to the Study of Animal Intelligence. Oxford University Press.
  • Bond, A. B., & Kamil, A. C. 2006. Spatial Heterogeneity, Predator Cognition, and the Evolution of Color Polymorphism in Virtual Prey. Proceedings National Academy of Science. 103:3214-3219.
  • Gibson, B. M., & Kamil, A. C. 2005. The fine-grained spatial abilities of three seed-caching corvids. Learning and Behavior. 33:59-66.
  • Paz-y-MiƱo, G, Bond, A. B., Kamil, A. C., & Balda, R. P. 2004. Pinyon jays use transitive inference to predict social dominance. Nature. 430:778-782.
  • 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.
  • Bond, A. B., Kamil, A. C., & Balda, R. P. 2003. Social complexity and transitive inference in corvids. Animal Behaviour. 65: 479-487.
  • Bond, A. B., & Kamil, A. C. 2002. Visual Predators Select for Crypticity Polymorphism in Virtual Prey. Nature. 415:609-614.
  • Kamil, A. C., & Cheng, K. 2001. Way-finding and landmarks: the multiple-bearings hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Biology. 204: 103-113.