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Dr. Zsófia Virányi

Category: Scientific Management

I studied biology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and graduated with my thesis on knowledge attribution in dogs and children. During my PhD studies on ethology I examined the domestic dog`s reasoning abilities and in some aspects compared them to children, apes, monkeys and wolves.

I participated in the project of the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University comparing hand-raised wolves and dogs in their relationship and communication with humans. At the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany I made a comparative study on knowledge attribution in great apes and dogs under the supervision of Josep Call. Later at Kazuo Fujita`s lab, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan I tested pigeons, capuchin and squirrel monkeys in a task on inferential reasoning about the location of food. Later as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Eötvös Loránd University I examined the interesting case of interspecific social between dogs and humans. I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria and investigate the role of inferential abilities and interindividual behavioural coordination in social learning in common marmosets and domestic dogs. I am co-founder and co-director of the Wolf Science Center and the Clever Dog Lab Society. Since 2012 I am scientific manager of the Clever Dog Lab, Messerli Research Institute and since 2008, Coordinator of the ESF Research Networking Program“CompCog”.