"If indeed the fish will be the last to discover water, perhaps we can help ourselves by looking at some other species"
How do infants communicate? How do children’s communicative and underlying cognitive skills develop? How similar and different are children’s communicative skills to those of other social animals? How can intelligent behaviours in non-human animals inform the field of artificial intelligence? Which ecological, social and endocrinological factors shaped the evolution of sophisticated communicative skills?
These and many other questions are addressed at the Osnabrück Research Group for Comparative BioCognition (CBC).
To achieve this purpose, we explore different model systems:
- Normally developing children between 0 and 6 years of age,
- Our closest living relatives, bonobos (Pan paniscus) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes),
- Distantly related primate species: Sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) and Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus),
- Corvids: Ravens (Corvus corax), magpies (Pica pica), and Azure-winged magpies (Cyanopica cyanus).