Researcher in Cognitive Zoology
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COMMUNICATION IN CROCODILIANS
Dr. Stephan A. Reber
I have many research interests, but they all boil down to the question “How does Thinking itself evolve?”. I study the cognition (mental capacities) of diverse animal species and compare them to each other. Based on how these species are related I can deduce how their cognition evolved.
My speciality is to develop experimental setups that target very specific questions. For most of my studies I use playback experiments, which involve recording the vocalizations of animals and playing them back to them in specific contexts. I consider the ecology of the species I am working with and try to create experiments which are biologically meaningful to them. This results in natural responses and completely voluntary participation. I usually do not train the animals for these setups, because I am interested in what they are spontaneously capable of.
I am affiliated with the University of Zurich, the University of Vienna, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the University of Lincoln, and Lund University. I also travelled extensively to work with animals in zoos, sanctuaries and in the wild. So far, I have lived for longer periods of time in Switzerland, South Africa, Austria, England, USA, and Sweden.
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Most of my publications are open access, everybody can download them for free. If you have problems to find any of my written work, just ask me directly.