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Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 315
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

03/2018-presentPhD candidate in Behavioral Ecology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Project title: “Social learning in structured populations: Theoretical and empirical approaches”
Supervisors: Prof Richard McElreath, Dr Anne Kandler, Prof Daniel Haun

University Education

09/2016-09/2017 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
M.Sc. (with distinction) Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind
10/2012-08/2016 Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
B.Sc. Psychology (final grade: 1.0)
B.A. Comparative Studies in Culture and Religion, Philosophy (final grade: 1.3)


1/2012-03/2018 Scholarship student
with the German National Academic Foundation
(Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

Academic Experience

11/2016-08/2017  Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution, University of St Andrews
M.Sc. student
Supervision: Prof Dr Kevin Laland
  • Niche construction and the strength and temporal dynamics of natural selection in the wild
  • Assembly of large dataset of selection gradients and Bayesian mixed-effect meta-analysis
10/2015-08/2016Department of Experimental and Biological Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg
B.Sc. student at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Perception and Action group
Supervision: Prof Dr Anna Schubö, Dipl.-Psych. Dominik Dötsch
  • Experimental research project on cooperation and attention in joint action
  • Training in neuroscientific methods including EEG, eye- and motion tracking
12/2013-08/2016Research Assistant at the Associative learning group
Supervision: Prof Dr Harald Lachnit, Dr Metin Uengoer, Dr Anna Thorwart
  • Conducted and analyzed (bio-)psychological experiments
  • Lab management including participant recruitment and allocation of experimenters 
10/2015-03/2016Department of Comparative Cultural Research at Philipps-University Marburg
B.A. Student at European Ethnology group
Supervision: Prof Dr Karl Braun
  • Conducted research project on Darwin’s role in politics with a focus on Russian anarchism
  • Historical methods and discourse analysis 
04/2015-09/2015 Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Intern at Cultural Psychology lab
Supervision: Prof Dr Heejung Kim
  • Experimental study on cultural frame switching in Asian-American biculturals
  • Training in cross-cultural, neuroscientific and genetic methods 

Language, Statistics and Programming skills

  • Fluent in German (native) and English (IELTS Academic overall band score: 8.0), proficient in Latin, Ancient Greek and French
  • Experienced in (Bayesian) generalized mixed models
  • Working knowledge in mathematical and individual-based modelling
  • Experienced in R, SPSS and MPlus statistics
  • Basic programming experience in Python and Matlab
  • Experience with E-Prime, Tobii eye tracking software and PsyToolkit

Teaching experience

04/2018Undergraduate seminar on Cultural Evolution and Social Learning
04/2016-08/2016 Introductory seminar in Perception Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
04/2014-08/2015Tutor in Experimental Methods module