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Julia Fischer

Professor, German Primate Center

  • 1996 Dr. rer. nat. (Biology), Free University Berlin

  • 1996-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow at NIH (Laboratory of John Newman) and Harvard University (Laboratory of Marc D. Hauser)

  • 1998-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow (Laboratory Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney, University of Pennsylvania), 18-months field research in Botswana

  • 2001-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

  • 2004 Habilitation Leipzig University

  • 2004- Joint appointment as head of research group “Cognitive Ethology” at the German Primate Center and Professor for Ethology and Ecology, University of Göttingen.

Major Research Interests:

Julia Fischer

Cognitive and communicative behaviour of primates and other social mammals with special regard to the ontogenetic and phylogenetic development; Socio-ecology of communication; Mechanisms of sound production and perception; Evolution of speech.

German Primate Center
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

phone: +49-551-38 51 375
fax: +49-551-38 51 288

Further Information:

Selected Recent Publications:

Fischer, J., Cheney , D. L. & Seyfarth, R. M. (2000). Development of infant baboons' responses to graded bark variants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 267, 2317-2321.

Kaminski, J., Call, J. & Fischer, J.: (2004) Word Learning in a domestic dog: Evidence for 'fast mapping'”. Science 304: 1682-1683.

Fischer, J. (2004). Emergence of individual recognition in young macaques. Animal Behaviour 67, 655-661.

Teufel, C., Hammerschmidt, K. & Fischer, J. (2007). Lack of orienting asymmetries in Barbary macaques: implications for studies of hemispheric specialisations in auditory processing. Animal Behaviour 73(2), 249-255.

Fischer, J. in press. Transmission of acquired information in nonhuman primates. In: Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory (Ed. Sweatt, D., Menzel, R. , Eichenbaum, H. Roediger, H.). Elsevier, Oxford.