Selected Publications

2019

Pika, S., Klein, H., Bunel, S., Baas, P., Théleste, E. and Deschner, T. (2019). Wild chimpanzees
(Pan troglodytes troglodytes) exploit tortoises (Kinixys erosa) via percussive technology.
Scientific Reports, 9(1), 7661.     pdf    videos

Ben Mocha, Y., Mundry, R., & Pika, S. (2019). Joint attention skills in wild Arabian babblers
(Turdoides squamiceps): a consequence of cooperative breeding? Proceedings of the Royal
Society B, 286(1900), 20190147. pdf

Ben Mocha, Y, and Pika, S. (2019). Intentional presentation of objects in cooperatively
breeding Arabian babblers (Turdoides squamiceps). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7. pdf

Fröhlich, M., Wittig, R. M. and Pika, S. (2019). The ontogeny of intentional communication in
chimpanzees in the wild. Developmental Science 22(1): e12716. abstract

2018

Ben Mocha, Y., Mundry, R., & Pika, S. (2018). Why hide? Concealed sex indominant Arabian babblers (Turdoides squamiceps) in the wild. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39 (3). pdf

Fröhlich, M., Wittig, R. M., & Pika, S. (2018). The ontogeny of intentional communication in chimpanzees in the wild. Developmental Science: e12716.

Nicoladis, E., Marentette, P., Pika, S., & Barbosa, P. G. (2018). Young children show little sensitivity to the iconicity in number gestures. Language Learning and Development, 14, 297-319.

Pika S., Wilkinson R., Kendrick K. H., & Vernes S. C. (2018). Taking turns:Bridging the gap between human and animal communication. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, 285, 9. pdf

Pika, S., & Fröhlich, M. (2018). Gestural acquisition in great apes: The SocialNegotiation Hypothesis. Animal Cognition, 1-15.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Blois-Heulin, C., & Barbu, S. (2018). Manual laterality in captivechimpanzees in the context of tool use: Influence of communication and of sociodemographic factors. Behavioural Processes.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Barbu, S., & Blois-Heulin, C. (2018). Do mechanical effectiveness and recipient species influence intentional signal laterality in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)? International Journal of Primatology, 1-31.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Blois-Heulin, C., & Barbu, S. (2018). A multifactorial investigation of captive gorillas’ intraspecific gestural laterality. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 23 (5), 538-575.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Blois-Heulin, C., & Barbu, S. (2018). Captive chimpanzees’ manual laterality in tool use context: Influence of communication and of sociodemographic factors. Behavioural Processes, 157, 610-624.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Barbu, S., & Blois-Heulin, C. (2018). A multifactorial investigation of captive gorillas’ intraspecific gestural laterality. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 23, 538-575.

2017

Fröhlich, M., Müller, G., Zeiträg, C., Wittig, R.M., & Pika, S. (2017). Gestural development of chimpanzees in the wild: The impact of interactional experience. Animal Behaviour, 134, 271-282.

Luef, E. M., & Pika, S. (2017). Reciprocal greeting in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at the Ngogo community. Journal of Neurolinguistics 43, 263-273.

Pika, S. (2017). Unpeeling the layers of communicative complexity. Animal Behaviour 134, 223-227.

Prieur, J., Barbu, S., Blois-Heulin, C., & Pika, S. (2017). Captive gorillas’ manual laterality: The impact of gestures, manipulators and interaction specificity. Brain and Language, 175, 130-145.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Barbu, S., & Blois-Heulin, C. (2017). Intraspecific gestural laterality in chimpanzees and gorillas and the impact of social propensities. Brain Research 1670, 52-67.

Sima, M. J., Matzinger, T., Bugnyar, T., & Pika, S. (2017). Reconciliation and third-party affiliation in carrion crows. Ethology, 124, 33–44.

2016

Pika, S. (2016). Response to: Commentary: The use of referential gestures in ravens (Corvus corax) in the wild. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4, 4.

Fröhlich, M., Wittig, R. M. & Pika, S. (2016). Play-solicitation gestures in chimpanzees in the wild: Flexible adjustment to social circumstances and individual matrices. Royal Society Open Science 3, 160278.

Fröhlich, M., Kuchenbuch, P., Müller, G., Fruth, B., Furuichi, T., Wittig, R. M. & Pika, S. (2016). Unpeeling the layers of language: Bonobos and chimpanzees engage in cooperative turn-taking sequences. Scientific Reports 6, 25887.  pdf

Fröhlich, M., Wittig, R. M. & Pika, S. (2016). ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ Initiation of joint travel in mother-infant dyads of two chimpanzee communities in the wild. Animal Cognition 19, 483-500.

Luef, E. M., Breuer, T. & Pika, S. (2016). Food-associated calling in gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) in the wild. PlosOne 11, e0144197.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Barbu, S & Blois-Heulin, C. (2016). Gorillas are right-handed for their most frequent intraspecific gestures. Animal Behaviour 118, 165-170.

Prieur, J., Pika, S., Barbu, S. & Blois-Heulin, C. 2016. A multifactorial investigation of captive chimpanzees' intraspecific gestural laterality. Animal Behaviour 116, 31-43.

Sima, M. J., Pika, S. & Bugnyar, T. (2016). Experimental manipulation of food accessibility affects conflict behaviour in ravens. Ethology, 2, 114-126.

Before 2016

Pika, S. & Liebal, K. 2012 Developments in Primate Gesture Research. (p. 256). Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Pika, S. 2012 The case of referential gestural signaling. Where next? Communicative & Integrative Biology5, 578-582.

Clay, Z., Pika, S., Gruber, T. & Zuberbühler, K. 2011 Female bonobos use copulation calls as social signals. Biology Letters7, 513-516.

Pika, S. & Bugnyar, T. 2011 The use of referential gestures in ravens (Corvus corax) in the wild. Nature Communications2, 1-5.

Nicoladis, E., Pika, S. & Marentette, P. 2010 Are number gestures easier than number words for preschoolers? Cognitive Development25, 247-261.

Nicoladis, E., Pika, S. & Marentette, P. 2009 Do French-English bilingual children gesture more than monolingual children? Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 38, 573-585.

Pika, S., Nicoladis, E. & Marentette, P. 2009 How to order a beer? Cultural differences in the use of conventional gestures for numerals. Journal for Cross-Cultural Psychology40, 70-80.

Pika, S. 2009 Our grooming cousins: Providing the link to declarative signalling? Studies in Communication Sciences9, 73-102.

Arbib, M.A., Liebal, K. & Pika, S. 2008 Primate vocalization, gesture, and the evolution of human language. Current Anthropology49, 1053-1076.

Pika, S. & Zuberbühler, K. 2008 Social games between bonobos and humans: Evidence for shared intentionality? American Journal of Primatology70, 207-210.

Pika, S. 2008 Gestures of apes and pre-linguistic human children: Similar or different? First Language28, 116-140.

Nicoladis, E., Pika, S., Yin, H. & Marentette, P.F. 2007 Gesture use in story recall by Chinese-English bilinguals. Applied Psycholinguistics28, 719-733.

Liebal, K., Müller, C. & Pika, S. 2007 Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates. (p. 284. Amsterdam, Philadelphia, John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Liebal, K., Pika, S. & Tomasello, M. 2006 Gestural communication of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Gesture6, 1-38.

Pika, S., Nicoladis, E. & Marentette, P.F. 2006 A cross-cultural study on the use of gestures: Evidence for cross-linguistic transfer? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition9, 319-327.

Pika, S. & Mitani, J.C. 2006 Referential gestural communication in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Current Biology 16, R191-R192.

Pika, S., Liebal, K. & Tomasello, M. 2005 Gestural communication in subadult bonobos (Pan paniscus): Gestural repertoire and use. American Journal of Primatology65, 39-51.

Pika, S., Liebal, K., Call, J. & Tomasello, M. 2005 The gestural communication of apes. Gesture5, 41-56.

Liebal, K., Pika, S. & Tomasello, M. 2004 Social communication in siamangs (Symphalangus Syndactulus): Use of gestures and facial expression. Primates45, 41-57.

Liebal, K., Pika, S., Call, J. & Tomasello, M. 2004 To move or not to move. How apes adjust to the attentional state of others. Interaction Studies5, 199-219.

Pika, S., Liebal, K. & Tomasello, M. 2003 Gestural communication in young gorillas (Gorilla gorilla): Gestural repertoire, learning and use. American Journal of Primatology60, 95-111.

Pika, S. & Tomasello, M. 2001 'Separating the wheat from the chaff': A novel food processing technique in captive gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla). Primates42, 167-170.