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Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 3550 - 400

e-mail: zeidler@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Publications and Presentations


Nitzschner, M. (2014). Cooperation in the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). PhD Thesis, Univ., Leipzig.
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Nitzschner, M., Kaminski, J., Melis, A., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Side matters: potential mechanisms underlying dogs' performance in a social eavesdropping paradigm. Animal Behaviour, 90, 263-271.
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Rossano, F., Nitzschner, M., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Domestic dogs and puppies can use human voice direction referentially. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1785): 20133201.
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Kaminski, J., & Nitzschner, M. (2013). Do dogs get the point? A review of dog–human communication ability. Learning and Motivation, 44(4), 294-302.
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Nitzschner, M., Melis, A. P., Kaminski, J., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Dogs (Canis familiaris) Evaluate Humans on the Basis of Direct Experiences Only. PLoS One, 7(10): e46880.
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Kaminski, J., Nitzschner, M., Wobber, V., Tennie, C., Bräuer, J., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Do dogs distinguish rational from irrational acts? Animal Behaviour, 81(1), 195-203.
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Nitzschner, M. (2011). Reputation in domestic dogs. Diploma Thesis. Department of Biology, University of Halle-Wittenberg

Invited Talks

2013‘Dog-Human-Communication’ Psychology department, University of Kassel, Germany

Conference Work


Nitzschner, M., Nagel, S., Herrmann, E., Tomasello, M. (2014). Training background and age affect the temperament of dogs (Canis familiaris). Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum, Lincoln, UK


Nitzschner, M., Rossano, F., Tomasello, M. (2013). Dogs follow human voice direction. Poster presented at CompCog Transfer-of-knowledge conference, Vienna, Austria


Nitzschner, M., Rossano, F., Tomasello, M. (2013). Dogs follow human voice direction like children do. Poster presented at Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary


Nitzschner, M., Kaminski, J., Melis, A., Tomasello, M. (2012). Dogs evaluate humans on the basis of direct experience only. Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum, Barcelona, Spain


Nitzschner, M., Kaminski, J., Tennie, C., Braeuer, J., Call, J., Tomasello, M. (2010). Are dogs able to understand and copy actions rationally? Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum, Vienna, Austria

Selected media


Unser Collie ist kein Lassie
Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 31.12.2014


Kann ein Welpe mehr als ein Kind?
MDR: Sachsenspiegel. 23.06.2014


Der Hund – Unser bester Freund und Helfer.
Arte: X:enius. 14.05.2014


Wie gut verstehen Hunde uns wirklich?
ARD: W wie Wissen. 01.12.2013


Wie Hunde und Menschen miteinander “sprechen”.
Focus online. 09.12.2012


Intelligenzbestien: Sind Tiere schlauer als wir denken?
Arte: X:enius, 01.08.2011