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Our research group "Cognitive Ethology" is based at the German Primate Center in Goettingen, Germany, and linked to the University of Goettingen. We study cognition and communication from an evolutionary and ecological perspective, primarily in nonhuman primates.

We focus on three aspects: firstly, we are interested in the information content of vocal signals and the decoding of this information; secondly, we study the development of cognitive and communicative abilities, both from an ontogenetic and a phylogenetic perspective. Third, we investigate how social system, ecology, and phylogenetic descent shape the structure of signaling systems.

The ultimate goal of our research program is to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution of language.

Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer Head of the Department +49 (551) 3851-375 +49 (551) 3851-372 Contact

Mechthild Pohl Secretary +49 (551) 3851-258 +49 (551) 3851-372 Contact


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