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Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Jessie Adriaense

Jessie Adriaense, Dr.

Research interests

I’m a comparative psychologist interested in the evolution of social behaviour such as empathy and cooperation. My research focusses on proximate mechanisms and empirical methods, and I work with different avian and primate species, using non-invasive behavioural, cognitive, and physiological techniques. My training is in affective neuroscience and experimental psychology, and I employ concepts from ethology and behavioral ecology. During my PhD (University of Vienna, Austria) I studied the emotional basis of empathy and emotional contagion.

My current Post-Doc project is part of the NCCR Evolving Language, and I investigate action coordination in common marmosets to further understand the evolution of joint action and cooperation.


Burkart, J. M., Adriaense, J. E. C., Brügger, R. K., Miss, F. M., Wierucka, K., & van Schaik, C. P. (2022). A convergent interaction engine: vocal communication among marmoset monkeys. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 377(1859), 20210098.

Adriaense, J. E. C., Šlipogor, V., Hintze, S., Marshall, L., Lamm, C., & Bugnyar, T. (2021). Watching others in a positive state does not induce optimism bias in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), but leads to behaviour indicative of competition. Animal cognition, 24(5), 1039-1056.

Norman, K. I., Adriaense, J. E., & Nicol, C. J. (2019). The impact of early structural enrichment on spatial cognition in layer chicks. Behavioural processes, 164, 167-174.

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