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Dr Lucy Cheke

Dr Lucy Cheke

Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Cambridge

Junior Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge

Office Phone: (3)33563


My work focuses on event representations - that is, mental representations of events we cannot current perceive. These can be representations of unobservable causal mechanisms, representations of possible future events, or representations of past events (episodic memories).

My current fellowship explores the latter of these abilities - episodic memory. In particular, my current research investigates lifestyle factors that can lead to problems with memory, with an emphasis on diet and obesity.

Departments and Institutes


Key Publications


Taylor AH, Cheke LG, Waismeyer A, Meltzoff A, Miller R, Gopnik A, Clayton NS & Gray RD (2015) No conclusive evidence that corvids can create novel causal Interventions Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Cheke LG & Clayton NS (2015) The six blind-men and the elephant: Are episodic memory tasks tests of different things, or different tests of the same thing? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.03.006


Ostojic Lj, Legg EW, Shaw RC, Cheke LG, Mendl MT & Clayton NS (2014) Can male Eurasian jays disengage from their own current desire to feed the female what she wants? Biology Letters, 10(3), 20140042.

Jelbert SA, Taylor AH, Cheke LG, Clayton NS & Gray RD (2014) Using the Aesop's fable paradigm to investigate causal understanding of water displacement by New Caledonian crows. PLoS ONE 9.3: e92895.

 Taylor AH, Cheke LG, Waismeyer A, Meltzoff A, Miller R, Gopnik A, Clayton NS & Gray RD (2014) Of babies and birds: Complex tool behaviours are not sufficient for the evolution of the ability to create a novel causal intervention. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281 (1787): 20140837.

MacLean EL, Hare B, Nunn CL, Addessi E, Amici F, Anderson RC, Aureli F, Baker JM, Bania AE, Barnard AM, Boogert NJ, Brannon EM, Bray EE, Bray J, Brent LJN, Burkart JM, Call J, Cantlon JF, Cheke LG, Clayton NS, Delgado MM, DiVincenti LJ, Fujita K, Herrmann E, Hiramatsu C, Jacobs LF, Jordan KE, Laude JR, Leimgruber KL, Messer EJE, de A.Moura AC, Ostojic Lj, Picard A, Platt ML, Plotnik JM, Range FR, Reader SM, Reddy RB, Sandel AA, Santos LR, Schumann K, Seed AM, Sewall KB, Shaw RC, Slocombe KE, Su Y, Takimoto A, Tan J, Tao R, van Schaik CP, Virányi Z, Visalberghi E, Wade JC, Watanabe A, Widness J, Young J, Zentall TR & Zhao Y (2014) The evolution of self-control. PNAS 111 (20), E2140-E2148.


Ostojic Lj, Shaw RC, Cheke LG & Clayton NS (2013) Evidence suggesting that desire-state attribution may govern food sharing in Eurasian jays . PNAS, 110 (10), 4123-4128.

Cheke, LG & Clayton, NS. (2013) Do different tests of episodic memory produce consistent results in human adults? Learning & Memory, 20(9), 491-498.


Cheke LG, Loissel E & Clayton NS (2012) How do children learn Aesop’s fable? PLoS ONE e40574

Cheke LG & Clayton NS (2012) Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) overcome their current desires to anticipate two distinct future needs and plan for them appropriately. Biology Letters. 8(2),  171-175.

Ziauddeen H, Chamberlain SR, Nathan PJ, KochA, Napolitano A, Bush M, Cheke LG, Clayton NS, TaoWX, Miller S, Dodds CM, Maltby K, Skeggs AL, Brooke AC, Richards DB, Fletcher P, BullmoreET (2012) Effects of the mu opioid receptor antagonist GSK1521498 on hedonic and consummatory behaviour: A proof of mechanism study in binge eating obese subjects. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(12), 1287-1293


Cheke LG, Bird CD & Clayton NS (2011) Tool use and instrumental learning in the Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius), Animal Cognition, 14(3):441-55

Russell J, Cheke LG, Meltzoff AN & Clayton NS (2011) What can What-Where-When (WWW) binding tasks tell us about young children's episodic future thinking? Theory and two experiments. Cognitive Development,  26(4): 356-370

Cheke LG, Thom JM & Clayton NS (2011) Prospective decision making in animals: A potential role for intertemporal choice in the study of prospective cognition in Bar M (Ed.) Predictions in the Brain; Using our part to Generate a Future. OUP


Cheke LG & Clayton NS (2010) Mental time travel in animals, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, Cognitive Science, 1(6):  915–930