primate evolution; behavioral economics; animal cognition; comparative psychology; concept formation; social awareness
Dahl Christoph D., Ferrando Elodie, Zuberbühler Klaus (2020), An information-theory approach to geometry for animal groups, in Animal Cognition
, 23(4), 807-817.
Mendonça Renata S., Dahl Christoph D., Carvalho Susana, Matsuzawa Tetsuro, Adachi Ikuma (2018), Touch-screen-guided task reveals a prosocial choice tendency by chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes ), in PeerJ
, 6, e5315-e5315.
Dahl Christoph, Wyss Christa Zuberbühler Klaus, Bachmann Iris (2018), Social information in equine movement gestalts, in Animal cognition
Dezecache G Grèzes* J and Dahl C.D. (2017), The nature and distribution of affiliative behavior during exposure to mild threat, in Royal Society Open Science
, 4(170265), 00.
Dezecache Guillaume, Zuberbühler Klaus, Davila-Ross Marina, Dahl Christoph D (2017), Skin temperature changes in wild chimpanzees upon hearing vocalizations of conspecifics, in Royal Society open science
, 4(1), 160816.
Fedurek Pawel, Zuberbühler Klaus, Dahl Christoph D (2016), Sequential information in a great ape utterance, in Scientific Reports
, 6(38226 ), 0.
Dahl Christoph D., Rasch Malte J., Bülthoff Isabelle, Chen Chien-Chung (2016), Integration or separation in the processing of facial properties - a computational view, in Scientific Reports
, 6(1), 20247-20247.
Research lines in animal cognition follow hot topics in modern sciences and provide deep answers to some of the most fundamental questions: What it means to be human. Modern sciences often rely on an interdisciplinary methodological approach. I propose a novel approach to study animal cognition by combining roots in classical ethology, cognitive sciences and computational modeling. The approach is pluralistic, involving phylogeny (evolution), mechanism (cognitive level) and function (adaptation), as well as comparative, involving multiple animal species compared in a framework of phylogeny. I ask research questions in comparative psychology and investigate animal behavior, ultimately to better understand what makes us human. “comparative” refers to an established method in evolutionary studies: to reconstruct evolutionary history by investigating a variety of species with different degrees of relatedness and social organization. “psychology” relates to the scientific study of cognition and its physiological, behavioral and neural mechanisms. The proposed research aims at an evolutionary understanding of cognitive phenomena, such as economical decision-making, behavioral economics, reasoning, and social awareness. The research is fully non-invasive, purely behavioral, and across different species of primates.Behavioral data are from animals in controlled experimental conditions. The combination with computational analysis and modeling techniques, simulating the observed behavior/processes, breaks down the findings from unique species-specific characteristics to the common denominator which is shared among species.