Jessie Adriaense

Jessie Adriaense, Dr.

Tel.: +41 44 635 54 13



Research interests

I’m a comparative psychologist interested in the evolution of social behaviour, with specific focus on shared action and shared states. To this end I work with different species, using non-invasive behavioural, cognitive, and physiological methods. My background is in affective neuroscience and experimental psychology, and I employ concepts from cognitive and behavioural biology.

My Post-Doc research is part of the NCCR Evolving Language and I specifically study joint action in common marmosets. During my PhD (University of Vienna, Austria) I studied the emotional basis of empathy and emotional contagion in avian and primate species.


Adriaense, J.E.C., Koski, S., Huber, L., Lamm, C. Challenges in the comparative study of empathy and related phenomena in animals. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral reviews, 112, 62-82

Adriaense, J.E.C., Martin, J.S., Schiestl, M., Lamm, C., Bugnyar, T.  Reply to Vonk: Disentangling emotional contagion from its underlying causes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201910556

Adriaense, J.E.C., Martin, J.S., Schiestl, M., Lamm, C., Bugnyar, T. Negative emotional contagion and cognitive bias in common ravens (Corvus corax). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(23), 11547-11552