Comparative Cognition

In 1871 Darwin famously wrote that, in his opinion, there was no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. In the past decades this claim has driven much empirical investigation and, by and large, the evidence supports Darwin’s hypothesis. One mental faculty, however, has been particularly difficult to study empirically with little progress being made until recently: the faculty of language.
A primary focus of our research efforts is to explore and understand the biological origins of the different mechanisms required for language and culture. To this end, we mainly study non-human primates in their natural habitats.

© Florian Moellers



Opportunity for a Master's thesis:
"Vocal communication in wild Vervet monkeys"


Trait d'Union: Chimpanzés: copier la mère, même pour les jeux


Article et Vidéo: "Chimps Tailor Alarms to What Other Chimps Know", The New York Times


Vidéo: Rencontre avec 4 doctorantes du Laboratoire de cognition comparée de l’Université de Neuchâtel
Canal Alpha Minimag "Si tu me comprends pas, regarde mon singe!"


Uni News en anglais:
"The social life of monkeys"


Voyage en Afrique du Sud


Good news:
Leakey Foundation
Research Grant
awarded to

Corinne Ackermann


New: Tai Monkey Project website


New Scientist:
Bonobos know when others are being treated unfairly - and react


L'énigme de l’orang-outan qui s'esclaffe, LE TEMPS 


Bonobo news:

Podcast on Radio RTS.ch


La communication chez
les bonobos
, RJB.ch

Le rire est-il propre
de l'homme ?


Prof Robert Seyfarth
Origins of Language


Updated news on
Budongo !

Budongo web page


Monkey See, Monkey Speak
News from the Campbell's monkeys