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Martin Schmelz

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Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

0049 (0) 341 3550 476
0049 (0) 341 3550 444
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Research interests

  • Social cognition in great apes
  • Other-regarding concerns in chimpanzees
  • Comparative cognition in primates and birds
  • Theory of mind in chimpanzees
  • Comparative cognition in otters


Ongoing Projects

  • Prosociality in chimpanzees
  • Chimpanzees’ ability to understand preferences of others
  • Cooperative problem solving in giant otters and small-clawed otters
  • Problem solving in estrildid finches and parrots