Pawel Fedurek

Social functions of chimpanzee vocal behaviour

My main research goal has been to understand the adaptive function of chimpanzee vocal behaviour mainly by exploring its social and ecological correlates. For my current project, I investigate audience effects on calling of the Sonso community of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda. I am also interested in the adaptive function of calls given in agonistic contexts and the role of vocalisations in facilitating behavioural coordination among males.


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Fedurek, P., Slocombe, K.E., Enigk, D.K., Emery Thompson, M., Wrangham, R.W., Muller, M.N. (in press) The relationship between testosterone and long-distance calling in wild male chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Fedurek, P., Slocombe, K.E., Zuberbuhler, K. (2015) Chimpanzees communicate to two different audiences during aggressive interactions. Animal Behaviour , 110, 21-28

Fedurek, P., Slocombe, K.E., Hartel, J.A. & Zuberbuhler, K. (2015) Chimpanzee lip-smacking facilitates cooperative behaviour. Scientific Reports , 5:13460

Fedurek, P., Donnellan, E., Slocombe, K.E. (2014) Social and ecological correlates of long-distance pant hoot calls in male chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology , 68, 1345-135

Fedurek, P., Schel, A.M., Slocombe, K.E. (2013) The acoustic structure of chimpanzee pant-hooting facilitates chorusing. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 1781-1789

Fedurek, P., Machanda, Z.P.,Schel, A.M.,Slocombe, K.E. (2013) Pant hoot chorusing and social bonds in male chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour, 86, 189-196

Fedurek, P. & Slocombe, K.E. (2013). The social function of food-associated calls in male chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology, 75, 716-739, Special Issue on Primate Signals

Danel, D., Fedurek, P., Coetzee, V., Stephen, I., Nowak, N., Stirrat, M., Perrett, D., Saxton, T., (2012). A cross-cultural comparison of population-specific face shape preferences (Homo sapiens). Ethology, 118, 1173-1181.

Fedurek, P. & Slocombe, K.E. (2011). Primate vocal communication: a useful tool for understanding human speech and language evolution? Human Biology, 83, 153-173

Fedurek, P. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2009). What does mutual grooming tell us about why chimpanzees groom? Ethology, 115, 566-575

Roberts, S.G.B., Wilson, R., Fedurek, P., Dunbar, R.I.M. (2008). Individual differences and personal social network size and structure. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 954-964


Pawel Fedurek

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Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Biologie
Cognition Comparée
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel

room B023 (Batiment G)