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Marie Padberg

Doctoral Student

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

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 422
email: marie_padberg@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Thesis title: Early socio-cognitive development in great apes

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Comparative psychology
  • Early socio-cognitive development
  • Animal cognition
  • Primate culture and evolution
  • Field research
  • Conservation
  • Zoo and Sanctuary 

Curriculum Vitae

Career & Education
since 06/2020 Research associate | PhD student
Department of Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
10/2016 - 11/2018M.Sc. Behavioral Biology
German Primate Center Göttingen
Georg-August University Göttingen
Thesis: "Monitoring for reliability using relative frequencies in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)"
Advisors: Prof. Julia Fischer and Prof. Eckhard W. Heymann
10/2013 - 08/2016

B.Sc. Biology
University Duisburg-Essen 
Thesis: "Personality studies in giant mole rats (Fukomys mechowii)”
Advisors: Prof. Sabine Begall and Prof. Hynek Burda

Practical Experience
09/2019 - 10/2019Research stay at the Suaq Balimbing orangutan research station,
University of Zurich
Sumatra, Indonesia
02/2019 - 09/2019Research stay at the Soraya orangutan research station
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig
Sumatra, Indonesia
01/2018 - 03/2018

Labrotation: “Using past event probabilities to make decisions under uncertainty in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)”
Cognitive Ethology Laboratory
German Primate Center, Göttingen

09/2017 - 12/2017Labrotation: “Comparison of prey capture strategies in three sympatrically living Peruvian monkey species: Callicebus cupreus, Leontocebus nigrifrons and Saguinus mystax
Estación Biológica Quebrada Blanco
Iquitos, Peru
03/2017Research stay at Affenberg Salem: “Age-related changes in social interactions in male Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)”
Department for Behavioural Ecology
Salem, Deutschland
  • Gesellschaft für Primatologie e.V.
  • International Primatological Society
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour 
  • Zooniverse 
  • German (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Indonesian (basic)
  • French (basic)
  • Spanish (basic)


Placì, S., Padberg, M., Rakoczy, H., & Fischer, J. (2019). Long-tailed macaques extract statistical information from repeated types of events to make rational decisions under uncertainty. Scientific Reports, 9: 12107.
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