I am a comparative psychologist specializing in social cognition. Currently I work as an Assistant Professor at the Animal Behaviour and Cognition Group of Utrecht University (NL). My research mainly focuses on the proximate mechanisms underlying animal social relations, with special interest in cooperative and prosocial behaviours. For that I use both observational and experimental approaches. Moreover, to put my studies in an evolutionary perspective, I employ a broad comparative approach, focusing on a variety of primate and bird species.
Two new papers in Animals!
May 25th 2020
My team has contributed two papers to a special issue about "Behavioural Methods to Study Cognitive Capacities of Animals": One on cooperation in Japanese Macaques, and one on how carrion crows and azure-winged magpies show no prosociality in a token exchange paradigm.
New paper in Communications Biology!!!!
May 6th 2021
After an immense collaborate effort (1291 yawns from 101 species (55 mammals; 46 birds)) we achieved a very interesting comparative overview of yawning in birds and mammals and discovered that: "Brain size and neuron numbers drive differences in yawn duration across mammals and birds"