Heesen, Raphaela


Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations
2e étage, bureau E225
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH - 2000 Neuchâtel

Tél. + 41 32 718 11 90

E-mail: raphaela.heesen@unine.ch
CV: CV incl. publications 


Since 2016 Ph.D student in primate cognition, University of Neuchâtel; under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Zubenbühler and Prof. A. Bangerter
2016 MRes, University of Roehampton, London
2012 BSc, University of Bonn, Germany

Honours and Awards

2015-2016 Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfond Postgraduate Scholarship
2013-2014 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn Erasmus-Scholarship, funding for international exchange, University of Vienna
2012-2014 RFWU Bonn University Scholarship (Honours Fellowship)

Professional experience

Since 2016 PhD student, University of Neuchâtel (SNF project)
Since 2015 Research assistant, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, US
2014 Research assistant, Primate and Predator Project, Durham University, Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa

2013-2014 Semester abroad at University of Vienna

2011 Research assistant, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany

Research interests

  • Primate communication (multimodal communication via vocalization, gesture, gaze)
  • Coordination in joint action
  • Cooperation and social intelligence
  • Human language evolution


  • Genty E, Heesen R, Rossano F, Zuberbühler K, Guery JP & Bangerter A. How apes get into and out of joint actions: precursors of shared intentionality? (In Revision).
  • Heesen R, Hobaiter C, Ferrer-i-Cancho R & Semple S. Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, 286, (2019): 20182900.
  • Heesen, R., Genty, E., Rossano, F., Zuberbühler, K., & Bangerter, A. (2017). Social play as joint action: A framework to study the evolution of shared intentionality as an interactional achievement. Learning & Behavior, 1-16.