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The Comparative Biocognition Research Group invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral-fellow position to investigate the development of turn-taking in infancy. The research is funded by the European Research Council. Please follow this link to learn more: pdf

The Research Training Group "Situated Cognition" invites calls for a PhD position starting on 1st June 2020. Further information about the project "The evolutionary roots of situated communication: The impact of the social environment on communicative interactions of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)" can be found here.

New Research Grant

Congratulations to Harmonie Klein, who got a research grant from the Leakey Foundation to study cooperation in chimpanzees of our Rekambo group (Loango Chimpanzee Project, Gabon) shown during hunting and food sharing. Cooperation with Tobias Deschner from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.


Newest publication

January 2020

Luef, E., Ter Maat, A., Jäger, M., Pika, S.: The 'culture of two': Communication in ravens' (Corvus Corax) nonvocal signaling. In: Journal of Language Evolution pdf

Future events

14th of April 2020


First workshop on comparative turn-taking: "Taking turns: A new approach to language origins" at the XIII Evolution of Language Conference in Brussels

List of invited speakers:
Coleman, M. & Fortune, E. S. "Exchange of information between female and male wrens in duet performances", Claremont McKenna   College/New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
Enfield, N. "An emergence account of linguistic turn-taking?", University of Sydney, Australia.
Levrero, F. & Lemasson, A.Rule-governed call exchanges in captive gorillas: observational and experimental approach", University J. Monnet, France / University of Rennes, France.
Okanoya, K.Turn taking in rodents, macaques, and birds and its relation with behavioral synchronization", Tokyo University, Japan.
Pepperberg, I.Parrot-human vocal interactions: Turn-taking dialogues and one instance of 'repair'”, Harvard University, USA.
Rossano, F.Turn-taking types, their cognitive requirements and a few neglected variables”, University of California, USA.
Snowdon, C.Turn-taking and reproductive success”, University of Wisconsin, USA.
de Vos, C.Turn timing is stable across signed and spoken languages”, Radboud University, the Netherlands.

September 2019