Alex is currently Professor of Behavioural Ecology, University of Oxford and E.P. Abraham Fellow, Pembroke College, and a Director of Oxford Risk
Author Tim Myatt PhD
Date 15th February 2012
Alex Kacelnik has been appointed a Fellow of The Royal Society. Alex is currently Professor of Behavioural Ecology, University of Oxford and E.P. Abraham Fellow, Pembroke College, and a Director of Oxford Risk. Alex is an international leader of the field of decision making and cognitive processes in animals and humans. His work blends theoretical and experimental approaches from animal behaviour, psychology and economics. He is distinguished for his work on risk perception in animals, where he has developed a new theoretical framework, Scalar Utility Theory, which can account for a wide range of experimental data. In the field of animal cognition Kacelnik has carried out pioneering and highly original work on tool using in New Caledonian Crows. Kacelnik’s pre-eminence in his field has been recognised by the award of the Cogito Prize.
Alex commented to the British Neuroscience Association:
“Being elected to the RS is a fantastic and humbling honour. My field, behavioural ecology, is where ecology, economics, and evolutionary theory meet brain function. It cheers me a lot to feel that neuroscientists appreciate this way of thinking as much as they appreciate progress in molecular, electrophysiological and imaging techniques.”
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