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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.
 
 

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Current opinion in Behavioural Sciences:
The Evolution of Language

 

horizons: "Touch screens in the cage"

 

"If you could talk to the animals", the sicence behind animal communication, PRI

 

Opportunity for a Master's thesis:
"Vocal communication in wild Vervet monkeys"
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Trait d'Union: Chimpanzés: copier la mère, même pour les jeux

 

Article and Video: "Chimps Tailor Alarms to What Other Chimps Know", The New York Times

 

Video: 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:
"The social life of monkeys"

 

Biologie:
Voyage en Afrique du Sud
Impressions

 

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 

 

Podcast on Radio RTS.ch

 

La communication chez
les bonobos
, RJB.ch

 

Le rire est-il propre
de l'homme ?
Avisdexperts.ch