Julia Fischer obtained her PhD from the FU Berlin in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, she was offered a joint appointment as professor for Primate Cognition at the University of Göttingen and as head of the Cognitive Ethology Laboratory the German Primate Center. With her team, she established the field site Simenti in Senegal. Her research focuses on the cognition, communication, and social behavior of nonhuman primates. She is vice president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science. In 2013, she received the Grüter-Prize for Science Communication. Her book “Monkeytalk” (Chicago University Press, 2017) provides insights into her field of research for a broader audience.
Onur is a Turkish-born Professor for Biopsychology at Bochum University (Germany). He is kept awake with questions like: “Can different kinds of brains produce the same cognition?” or “Why are brains asymmetrically organized?”. He has spent many years in different universities on five continents and work (in descending order) with pigeons, humans, dolphins, crocodiles and magpies as experimental subjects. He would call himself a Cognitive Comparative Neuroscientist, who does research that reaches from field work via single cell recordings, up to ultrahigh magnetic field imaging. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences and received numerous national and international scientific awards, among them both the highest German and Turkish science award.
Erich (who, before deciding on a career in science, was invited to audition for the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in Harlem) graduated from Hunter College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Mathematics and later earned his Ph.D. Neurobiology and Animal Behavior from Rockefeller University. At Rockefeller, he worked in lab of Fernando Nottebohm, who pioneered research on the neurobiology of song-learning in birds as a model for understanding neural plasticity in the adult brain. Using innovative research techniques that often defy convention, Erich is demonstrating what the songbird can reveal about the evolution of human language and learned behavior
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
Friederike Range studied biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (1992-1998). She carried out her master’s thesis in West Africa, where she investigated the social structure of adult female soot (a terrestrial species of monkey). Continuing her research on the monkeys, she did a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2004 she returned to Europe engaging in postdoctoral research at the University of Vienna, where she started to investigate canine behaviour and cognition. In 2007, she was one of the founders of the Clever Dog Lab (www.cleverdoglab.at) and 2008 of the Wolf Science Center (Wolf Science Center). Since September 2011 she has been employed at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.
How Does Language Affect Development?: Reviewing Assumptions
Marie Coppola, University of Connecticut
How, When and Why Early Gesture Use Predicts Language Development
Meredith L. Rowe, Harvard University
Early Identification of Developmental Delay and Disorder: What We Can Learn from Gesture, Speech, and the Dynamics of the Communicative Process
Jana M. Iverson, University of Pittsburgh
In Search of a Mechanism: Unpacking the Effects of Hand Gesture on Math Learning
Susan Wagner Cook, University of Iowa
Comparative Perspectives on Gesture and the Evolution of Language
Erica Cartmill, University of California, Los Angeles
Cognition of Time
Chair – Kristin Tessmar, University of Vienna
Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania
Petr Janata, University of California, Davis
Daniela Pollak, Medical University of Vienna
Fuat Balci, University of Manitoba
Comparative and Neural Approaches to Social Cognition
Chair – Claus Lamm, University of Vienna
Co-Chair – Natalie Sebanz, Central European University
Judith Burkart, Universität Zürich
Mariska Kret, Leiden University
Giorgia Silani, University of Vienna
Shiri Lev-Ari, University of London, Royal Holloway
Towards Comparative Aesthetics
Chair – Helmut Leder, University of Vienna
Co-Chair – Leonida Fusani, University of Vienna
Jessica Yorzinski, Texas A&M University
Laura Kelley, University of Exeter
Mila Mileva, University of Plymouth
Matthew Pelowski, University of Vienna
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