I am a comparative psychologist specializing in social cognition. Currently I work as an Assistant Professor at the Animal Ecology 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.

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October 08, 2019

New paper in the Journal of Comparative Psychology

Crows (Corvus corone ssp.) Check Contingency in a Mirror yet Fail the Mirror-Mark Test

October 08, 2019

New paper in Ethology

Tentative evidence for inequity aversion to unequal work‐ effort but not to unequal reward distribution in Goffin's cockatoos

September 30, 2019

New paper in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

Review about how to proceed with testing the effect of affect / emotions in cooperative interactions of animals and humans.

January 18, 2019

New paper in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology on Social Complexity of Ravens

Paper describing what constitutes social complexity and social intelligence in birds, covering 3 decades of work on ravens.

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