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Researcher in Cognitive Zoology

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Research

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Publications

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Research Projects

DINOSAUR COGNITION

Reconstructing the cradle of the avian mind​

COMMUNICATION IN CROCODILIANS

Advertisment of body size through vocal resonances in Chinese and American alligators

Dr. Stephan A. Reber

About me

I am a Swiss biologist. Currently, I am working as a researcher in Cognitive Zoology at Lund University in Sweden.

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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Recent Posts

Audio series on Austrian national Radio Ö1

“Im Reich der Krokodile und Alligatoren” (“In the kingdom of crocodiles and alligators”) "Missverstandene Zeitgenossen - Der Biologe Stephan Reber...
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Audio series on Austrian national Radio Ö1

Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other

From our journal article: Congdon, J. V., Hahn, A. H., Filippi, P., Campbell, K. A., Hoang, J., Scully, E. N.,...
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Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other

Marmoset monkeys expect the melody’s closing tone

From our journal article: Reber, S. A., Šlipogor, V., Oh, J., Ravignani, A., Hoeschele, M., Bugnyar, T., & Fitch, W....
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Marmoset monkeys expect the melody’s closing tone

Cockatoos Are As Crafty As Crows

From our journal article: Laumer, I. B., Bugnyar, T., Reber, S. A., & Auersperg, A. M. I. (2017). Can hook-bending...
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Cockatoos Are As Crafty As Crows

Study Uncovers the Universal Language of Arousal

Filippi, P., Congdon, J. V., Hoang, J., Bowling, D. L., Reber, S. A., Pašukonis, A., Hoeschele, M., Ocklenburg, S., de...
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Study Uncovers the Universal Language of Arousal

Alligators signal size by bellowing

From our journal article: Reber, S. A., Janisch, J., Torregrosa, K., Darlington, J., Vliet, K. A., & Fitch, W. T....
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Alligators signal size by bellowing

Ravens know when they’re being watched

From our journal article: Bugnyar, T., Reber, S. A., & Buckner, C. (2016). Ravens attribute visual access to unseen competitors....
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Ravens know when they’re being watched

Contribution to the children’s book “The Secret of the Bird’s Smart Brain… and More!’

by Ana María Rodríguez "Students will enter the world of scientists as they uncover the secrets behind birds' brains, the...
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Contribution to the children’s book “The Secret of the Bird’s Smart Brain… and More!’

Why we got an alligator to inhale helium

From our journal article: Reber, S. A., Nishimura, T., Janisch, J., Robertson, M. and Fitch, W. T. (2015). A Chinese...
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Why we got an alligator to inhale helium

Social monitoring via close calls in meerkats

From our article: Reber, S. A., Townsend, S. W., & Manser, M. B. (2013). Social monitoring via close calls in...
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Social monitoring via close calls in meerkats

Contact

Please, get in touch with me if you have questions or collaboration ideas.

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.

Email

mail@stephanreber.com

Office

Dr. Stephan A. Reber, BSc, MSc
Department of Philosophy,
Cognitive Zoology Group, Lund University
Box 192, 221 00 Lund, SE

Orcid ID

0000-0001-8015-2538