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



New PhD Position on Wild Chimpanzee Cognition


Current opinion in Behavioural Sciences:
The Evolution of Language


horizons: "Touch screens in the cage"


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


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"


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