I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Until October 2013 I held a similar position in Mike Tomasello’s Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.
I’m interested in the nature and origins of uniquely human forms of cognition and culture. My work addresses the cognitive and motivational prerequisites of intentional communication and various aspects of social learning, including imitation and pedagogy, and their development in ontogeny and phylogeny. I write philosophy papers and also conduct empirical studies on the communicative abilities of human children, non-human great apes, and domestic dogs.
The picture above features four orang-utans who live at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Centre in Leipzig (L-R): Bimbo, Tanah carrying Sari, and Suaq. The picture was taken by Charlotte Bröcker.
This website is currently very neglected and unexciting. I’ll try to rectify that in the coming months.