Department of Behavioral & Cognitive Biology

We study behavioral and cognitive traits from the multiple perspectives of mechanism, function, development and evolutionary history. Our research centers around questions about cognitive and communicative processes, the endocrine and genetic control of behavior, and the influence of ecological and environmental factors on behavioral phenotypes. We work on a variety of vertebrate species and we conduct studies under controlled lab- and ecologically valid field conditions.

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Voices in the ocean

Toothed whales evolved a third way of making sounds similar to that of land mammals and birds


Andrea Ravignani & Christian T....


Lisa Horn und ihr interdisziplinäres Forschungsteam gehen in den Kindergarten: Die Expertin für Beziehungen hat bereits zu den sozialen Verbindungen...


New Science paper out!

Evolutionary loss of complexity in human vocal anatomy as an adaptation for speech.