Publications


2017

Burkart, J. M., van Schaik, C. P. & Griesser, M. (in press). Looking for unity in diversity: cooperative breeding in humans in a comparative perspective. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI:10.1098/rsp.2017.1184

Ruch, H., Zuercher, Y. & Burkart, J. M. (2017). The function of vocal accommodation in humans and other primates. Biological Reviews. DOI:10.1111/brv.12382

Burkart, J., Schubiger, M., & Van Schaik, C. (2017). Future directions for studying the evolution of general intelligence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17000024

Koski, S., Buchanan-Smith, H. M., Ash, H., Burkart, J. M., Bugnyar, T., Weiss, A. (2017) Marmoset personality structure. Journal of Comparative Psychology. Koski et al. in press (PDF, 814 KB)

Zuercher, Y. & Burkart, J. M. (2017) Population differences in vocalizations in marmoset monkeys: Evidence for vocal production learning? International Journal of Primatology. doi:10.1007/s10764-017-9979-4

Burkart, J. M. (2017). The Evolution and consequences of sociality. In: Call, J. APA Handbook of Comparative Psychology. Washingtion: American Psychological Association, 257-273. Burkart final (DOCX, 227 KB)

van Schaik, C. P. & Burkart, J. M. (in press).The special role of morality in the evolution of human normativity. In: Bayertz, K. & Roughley, N. (eds.). The normative animal? On the anthropological significance of social, moral, and linguistic norms. Oxford University Press. van Schaik & Burkart final (PDF, 534 KB)

Finkenwirth, C., Burkart, J. M. (2017) Longterm-stability of relationship structure in family groups of common marmosets. Physiology and Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.01.032 accepted
Long-term-stability of relationship structure in family groups of common marmosets, and its link to proactive prosociality, accepted. (PDF, 612 KB)

Damerius, L. A., Forss, S. I. F., Kosonen, Z. K., Willems, E. P., Burkart, J. M., Call, J., Galdikas, B. M., Liebal, K., Haun, D. B., & van Schaik, C. P. Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orangutans. Scientific Reports, 7:40052.
Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orang-utans (PDF, 765 KB)

van Schaik, C. P., Graber, S. M., Schuppli, C. & Burkart, J. M. (2017). The ecology of social learning in animals and its link with intelligence. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, e99, 1-12.

2016

  • Finkenwirth, C., Martins, E., Deschner, T., & Burkart, J. M. (2016). Oxytocin is associated with infant-care behavior and motivation in cooperatively breeding marmoset monkeys. Hormones and behavior, 80, 10-18.
  • Townsend, S. W., Koski, S. E., Byrne R. W., Slocombe, K. E., Bickel, B., Böckle, M., Braga Concalves, I., Burkart, J. M., Flower, T., Gaunet, F., Glock, H. J., Gruber, T., Jansen D. A. W. A. M., Liebal, K., Linke, A., Miklosi, A., Moore, R., van Schaik, C. P., Stoll, S., Vail, A., Waller, B., Wild, M., Zuberbühler, K. & Manser, M. B. (2016). Exorcising Grice’s ghost:  an empirical approach to studying intentional communication in animals. Biological Reviews. doi: 10.1111/brv.12289.
  • Burkart, J. M., Schubiger, M. N. & van Schaik, C. P. (2016). The evolution of general intelligence. Target article. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, doi:10.1017/S0140525X16000959.
    The evolution of general intelligence (PDF, 1020 KB)
  • Schubiger, M. N., Kissling, A. & Burkart, J. M. (2016). How task format affects cognitive performance: A memory test with two species of New World monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 121: 33-39.
  • Burkart, J. M. (in press). The evolution and consequences of sociality. In: APA Handbook of Comparative Psycholog (eds: Call, J., Burghardt, G., Pepperberg, I., Snowdon, C., & Zentall, T.)
  • Heldstab, S. A., Kosonen, Z. K., Koski, S. E. Burkart, J. M., van Schaik, C. P., & Isler, K. Manipulation complexity in primates coevolved with brain size and terrestriality (2016) Scientific Reports, 6:24528
  • Finkenwirth, C. F., Martins, E., Deschner, T. & Burkart, J. M. (2016). Oxytocin as a mediator of infant care behavior and motivation in cooperatively breeding marmosets. Hormones and Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.01.008
  • Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2016). Revisiting the consequences of cooperative breeding. A response to Thornton & McAuliffe (2015). Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12322
    Burkart & van Schaik_in press (PDF, 297 KB)
  • van Schaik, C. P., Burkart, J. M., Damerius, L., Forss, S., Koops, K., van Noordwijk, M. & Schuppli, C. (2016). The reluctant innovator: Orangutans and the phylogeny of creativity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371(1690), 20150183
  • Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2016). The cooperative breeding perspective helps pinning down when uniquely human evolutionary processes are necessary – and when not. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e34.

2015

  • Finkenwirth, C. F., van Schaik, C. P., Ziegler, T. E. & Burkart, J. M. (2015). Highly affiliative dyads in common marmoset families show synchronized fluctuations in oxytocin. Physiology and Behavior, 151, 246-251.
  • Rudolf von Rohr, C., van Schaik, C. P. & Burkart, J. M. (2015). Chimpanzees’ Bystander Reactions to Infanticide. An Evolutionary Precursor of Social Norms? Human Nature. DOI 10.1007/s12110-015-9228-5
  • Burkart, J. M. (2015). Opposite effects of male and female helpers on social tolerance and proactive prosociality in callitrichid family groups. Scientific Reports, 5, 9622.
    Burkart 2015 (PDF, 595 KB)
  • Koski, S. & Burkart, J. M. (2015). Common marmosets show social plasticity and group-level similarity in personality. Scientific Reports, 5, 8878.
    Koski & Burkart 2015 (PDF, 369 KB)
  • Schubiger, M. N., Wüstholz, F. L., Wunder, A. & Burkart, J. M. (2015) High emotional reactivity towards an experimenter affects participation, but not performance, in cognitive tests with common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Animal Cognition. DOI 10.1007/s10071-015-0837-5.

2014

  • Burkart, J. M. & Finkenwirth, C. (2014). Marmosets as model species in neuroscience and evolutionary anthropology. Neuroscience Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neures.2014.09.003
  • Burkart, J. M., Allon, A., Amici, F., Fichtel, C., Finkenwirth, C., Heschl, A., Huber, J., Isler, K., Kosonen, Z., Martins, E., Meulman, E., Richiger, R., Rueth, K., Spillmann, B., Wiesendanger, S. & van Schaik, C. P. (2014). The evolutionary origin of human hyper-cooperation. Nature Communications 5, 4747.
  • MacLean, E. L., Hare, B., Nunn, C. L., Addessi, E., Amici, F., Anderson, R. C., Aureli, F., Baker, J. M., Bania, A. E, Barnard, A. M., Boogert, N. J., Brannon, E. M., Bray, E. E., Bray, J., Brent, L. J. N., Burkart, J. M., Call, J., Cantlon, J. F., Cheke, L. G., Clayton, N. S., Delgado, M. M., DiVincenti, L. J, Fujita, K., Herrmann, E., Hiramatsu, C., Jacobs, L. F., Jordan, K. E., Laude, J. R., Leimgruber, K. L., Messer, E. J. E., de A. Moura, A. C., Ostoji, L., Picard, A., Platt, M. L., Plotnik, J. M., Range, F., Reader, S. M., Reddy, R. B., Sandel, A. A., Santos, L. R., Schumann, K., Seed, A. M., Sewall, K. B., Shaw, R. C., Slocombe, K. E., Su, Y., Takimoto, A., Tan, J., Tao, R., van Schaik, C. P., Virányi, Z., Visalberghi, E., Wade, J. C., Watanabe, A., Widness, J., Young, J., Zentall, T. R. & Zhao, Y. (in review). The Evolution of Self-Control. PNAS, 111 (20), 2140-2148.
  • Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D. A., Gordon, A. D., Schroepfer-Walker, K. K., Hare, B., O’Neill, M. C., Muldoon, K. M., Dunsworth, H. M., Wood, B. M., Isler, K., Burkart, J. M., Irwin, M., Shumaker, R. W., Lonsdorf, E. V. & Ross, S. R. (2014). Primate Energy Expenditure and Life History. PNAS, 111(4), 1433-1437.
  • Mulcahy, N. J. & Schubiger, M. N (2014). Can orangutans (Pongo abelii) infer tool functionality? Animal Cognition, 17(3):657-669.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2014). Eine evoutionsbiologische Perspektive der menschlichen Kognition: Die Rolle der gemeinschaftlichen Jungenaufzucht. In:Hügli, A. & Horn, A. (eds). Die Anthropologische Wende. Studia philosophica 72, Basel: Schwabe, 31-57.
  • van Schaik, C. P., Burkart, J. M., Jaeggi, A. & Rudolf von Rohr, C. (2014). Morality as biological adaptation - An evolutionary model based on the lifestyle of human foragers. In: Christen, M., Fischer, J., Huppenbauer, M., Tanner, C. & van Schaik, C. (eds). Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms. Springer International Publishing, 65-84.

2013

  • Burkart, J. M. & Rueth, K. (2013). Preschool children fail primate prosocial game because of attentional task demands. PLOS One, 8(7), e68440.
  • Mulcahy, N. J.; Schubiger, M. N. & Suddendorf, T (2013). Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii) understand connectivity in the skewered grape tool task. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127(1):109-113.
  • Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2013). Group service in macaques, capuchins, and marmosets: A comparative approach to identifying proactive prosocial motivations. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127(2), 212-.227.
  • Kupferberg, A, Glasauer, S. & Burkart, J. M. (2013). Do robots have goals? How agent cues influence action understanding in nonhuman primates. Behavioral Brain Research, 246, 47-54.
  • Bullinger, A., Burkart, J. M., Melis, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Bonobos (Pan paniscus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) prefer to feed alone. Animal Behaviour, 85, 51-60.

2012

  • Strasser, A. & Burkart, J. M. (2012). Can we measure brain-efficiency? An empirical test with common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 80, 26-40.
  • van Schaik, C. P., Isler, K. & Burkart, J. M. (2012). Explaining brain size variation: From social to cultural brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 16 (5), 277-284.
  • Rudolf von Rohr, C., Koski, S. E., Burkart, J. M., Caws, C., Fraser, O. N., Ziltener, A. & van Schaik, C.P. (2012). Impartial third party interventions in captive chimpanzees. PlosOne 7, e32494, 1-9.
  • Burkart, J. M., Kupferberg, A., Glasauer, S. & van Schaik, C. P. (2012) Even simple forms of social learning rely on intention attribution in marmoset monkeys. Journal of Comparative Psychology. 126 (2), 129-138.  Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award for the best paper published in Comparative Psychology
  • Cacchione, T. & Burkart, J. M. (2012). Dissociation between seeing and acting: Insights from Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Behavioural Processes. 89 (1), 52-60.
  • Lehner, S. R., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2011). Can captive orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii) be coaxed into cumulative build-up of techniques? Journal of Comparative Psychology. 125(4). 446-455.
  • van Schaik, C. P. & Burkart, J. M. (2012). Social learning and evolution: The cultural intelligence hypothesis. In: Whiten, A., Hinde, R. A., Stringer, C. B., & Laland, K. N. (eds). Culture Evolves. Oxford, University press, 123-138.
  • Burkart, J. M. & Strasser, A. (2008). Primate behavior and human universals, Evolutionary Anthropology, 17, 85-87.

2011

  • van Schaik, C. P & Burkart, J. M. (2011). Social learning and evolution: The cultural intelligence hypothesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 1008-1016.
  • Rudolf von Rohr, C., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2011) Evolutionary Precursors of Social Norms in Chimpanzees: A New Approach. Biology and Philosophy 26, 1-30.
  • van Schaik, C. P. & Burkart, J. M. (2011). Sind höhere Tiere mehr wert als niedere? Versuch zur Exegese. In: Sigg, H. & Folkers, G. (eds). Güterabwägung bei der Bewilligung von Tierversuchen. Die Güterabwägung interdisziplinär kritisch beleuchtet. 71-75.
  • van Schaik, C. P. & Burkart, J. M. (2011). Die Evolution des Menschen und seiner Kultur. In: Reyer, H.-U. & Schmid-Hempel, P. (eds.). Darwins langer Arm – Evolutionstheorie heute. 137-154.

2010

  • Jaeggi, A., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2010). On the psychology of cooperation in humans and other primates: the natural history and experimental evidence of prosociality. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 12, 365: 2723-2735.
  • Lehner, S. R., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2010). Innovations in captivity: Evaluating the geographic method for recognizing innovations. Primates 51, 101-118.
  • Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2010) Cognitive consequences of cooperative breeding. Animal Cognition, 31 (1), 1-19. Most downloaded paper form Animal Cognition in 2011
  • Kappeler, P. M., Silk, S. J., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2010) Primate Behavior and Human Universals: Exploring the Gap. In: Kappeler PM, Silk J, editors. Mind the Gap: Tracing the Origins of Human Universals. 3-15.
  • van Schaik CP, Burkart JM (2010). Mind the Gap: Cooperative breeding and the evolution of our unique features. In: Kappeler PM, Silk J, editors. Mind the Gap: Tracing the Origins of Human Universals: 477-496 
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2009

  • Burkart, J. M., Hrdy, S. B. & van Schaik, C. P. (2009). Cooperative breeding and human cognitive evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 18 (59), 175-186.
  • Burkart, J. M., Strasser, A. & Foglia, M. (2009) Trade-offs between social learning and individual innovativeness in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Animal Behaviour, 77, 1291-1301.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2009). Cooperative breeding and socio-cognitive abilities. In: Louise S. Röska-Hardy and Eva M. Neumann-Held (eds.). Learning from Animals? London: Psychology Press. 123-141. 
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  • Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. (2008). Determinanten innovativen Verhaltens bei nichtmenschlichen Primaten. In H. Schmidinger & C. Sedmak (Eds.), Topologien des Menschlichen. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 275-298.
  • Burkart, J. M., Fehr, E., Efferson, C., & van Schaik, C. P. (2007). Other-regarding preferences in a nonhuman primate: Common marmosets provision food altruistically. PNAS 104 (50), 19762-19766.
  • Deaner, R. O., Isler, K., Burkart, J. M. & van Schaik, C. P. (2007). Overall brain size, and not encephalization quotient, best predicts cognitive ability across non-human primates. Brain, Behaviour and Evolution, 70 (2), 115-124.
  • Burkart, J. M. & Heschl, A. (2007). Perspective taking or behaviour reading? Understanding visual access in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Animal Behaviour, 73, 457-469.
  • Burkart, J. M. & Heschl, A. (2006). Geometrical gaze following in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 120 (2), 120-130.
  • Heschl, A. & Burkart, J. M. (2006). A new mark test for mirror self-recognition in non-human primates. Primates, 47, 187-198.
  • Macho, S. & Burkart, J. M. (2002). Recursive retrospective revaluation of causal judgements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 28 (6), 1171-1186. 
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  • Finkenwirth, C. (2016). Individual Variation in Prosociality of Group-living Common Marmosets: Assessing the Role of Oxytocin and Social Bonding. PhD Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Zurich.
  • Miss, F. (2016). Representing each others’ actions: A Joint Simon effect in common marmosets? MSc Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Zurich.
  • Koski, S. E., Kissling, A., Finkenwirth, C., & Burkart, J. M. (2013). Common marmoset personality assessed with behavioural experiments and observations. Folia Primatologica, 84, 293-293.
  • Finkenwirth, C., van Schaik, C., & Burkart, J. M. (2013). Relationships in common marmoset families: Oxytocin synchronicity is linked to dyadic bond strength. Folia Primatologica, 84, 273-273.
  • Schubiger M.N., van Schaik C.P. & Burkart J.M. (2013). Looking for individual-level differences in cognitive abilities: is there a marmoset "g"? Folia Primatologica, 84, 254-254.
  • Martins, E.M.G. & Burkart, J.M. (2013). Common marmosets preferentially share difficult to obtain food items. Folia Primatologica, 84, 281-282.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2013). Beyond common descent. The cooperative breeding model of human cognitive evolution. Habilitationsschrift, University of Zürich.
  • Richiger, R. (2012) Group service in spider monkeys, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Kosonen, Z. (2011) Group service in capuchin and squirrel monkeys, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Wiesendanger, S. (2011). Group service experiments in chimpanzees, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Schmon, R. (2011). Action understanding and Theory of Mind in common marmosets, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Rudolf v. Rohr, C. (2010). Evolutionary roots of morality: Social norms and policing in chimpanzees. PhD Thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Lehner, S. (2010). Innovation & cumulative culture in orang-utans. PhD Thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Jaeggi, A. (2010). Evolutionary roots of morality: Cooperation and altruism. PhD Thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Haiden, D. (2010). Innovation in wild orang-utans, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Camenis, D. (2010). Marmoset social learning: Is there a conformity bias?, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Rueth, K. (2009). Ontogeny of prosociality in human infants, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Huber, J. (2009). How general is spontaneous prosociality in common marmosets?, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2009). Ist Höflichkeit eine tierische Erfindung? Unijournal ZH, 1/09. 4.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2009). Affen gehen nicht zur Schule. VSAO Journal, 3, 13-17.
  • Furrer, R. (2008). Spontaneous prosociality in common marmosets: Dyad- or individual-specific property?, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Foglia, M. (2006). Social learning in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Assessing individual differences using a video task, Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Strasser, A. (2006). Innovation: Individual differences in problem solving in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), Master thesis, University of Zürich.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2006). Wie beim Menschen so beim Tier. Chez l’homme comme chez l’animal. VSAO Journal, 25 (4), 19-21.
  • Burkart, J. M. (2004). Evolutionäre Vorläufer der Theory of Mind. Experimente zur sozialen Kognition bei Weissbüschelaffen. Ph.D. thesis.