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Co-evolution of the social brain and art

In this new research project in close collaboration with prehistoric art expert Larissa Mendoza Straffon, we investigate the putative relationship between the evolution of the social brain and the use of art. I can’t say too much about the hypotheses right now as data collection is still ongoing, but I will keep you posted about our progress. Speaking of data… Read more »

Research grant from Dobberke Foundation for Comparative Psychology

The Dr. J. L. Dobberke Foundation for Comparative Psychology (KNAW) has awarded PhD student Evy van Berlo with a € 2000 grant for her project entitled Emotions and their Perceptions in Orangutans. In her project, Evy aims to gain more insight into the emotional lives of orangutans. The swift recognition of emotional expressions helps us understand each other’s feelings and… Read more »

CoPAN Photo Competition

Theme: the social and emotional orangutan  Prize: 200 euro   For a new non-invasive experiment I am looking for pictures of orangutans from Apenheul (the Netherlands), Ouwehands Dierenpark (the Netherlands), Kölner Zoo (Germany) and Hamburg Zoo (Germany) taken in 2015 or 2016 showing: Stress, display, yawns, sexual intercourse, grooming, play, scratching or emotional expressions Close-ups of the eye-region showing a… Read more »

Netherlands Society for Behavioural Biology Meeting- Register now!

The 24th NVG meeting will be held from Wednesday November 30st to Friday December 2nd in conference hotel ‘Kontakt der Kontinenten‘ in Soesterberg, TheNetherlands. The meeting starts on Wednesday evening, after the PhD workshop (see below). Highlights of this meeting are the keynote lectures, including the Brill Baerends Lecture*, for which internationally renowned behavioural biologists are invited. This year, the… Read more »

Mariska on Editorial Board PLOS ONE

I am delighted to soon join the Board of PLOS ONE. By joining PLOS ONE as an Academic Editor, I will be supporting the PLOS mission of freely disseminating rigorous scientific research to the public, worldwide. PLOS ONE launched at the end of December 2006 as an efficient and economical venue for disseminating research in all areas of science and… Read more »

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