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Johanna Eckert

Contact Information

Email    eckert.johanna@ucla.edu
Office  Haines Hall


PhD Biology/Comparative Psychology, University of Goettingen and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (2018)

M.A. Biology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany (2014)

B.A. Biology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany (2012)


Abstract award at Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution, Roverero, Italy (2016)

DAAD promos scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service; 2012)


Ulrike Goldschmid-Grant for research work at the tropical field station La Gamba, Costa Rica (2019)

Outgoing grant of Leibniz-ScienceCampus "Primate Cognition" to carry out research in a great ape sanctuary (2016/2017)

Selected Publications

Placi, S., Eckert, J., Rakoczy, H., & Fischer, J. (2018). Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) can use simple heuristics but fail at drawing statistical inferences from populations to samples. Royal Society Open Science

Eckert, J., Rakoczy, H., Call, J., Herrmann, E. & Hanus, D. (2018). Chimpanzees consider humans´ psychological states when drawing statistical inferences. Current Biology, 28(12), 1959-1963. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.04.077

Eckert, J., Call, J., Hermes, J., Herrmann, E., & Rakoczy, H. (2018). Intuitive statistical inferences in chimpanzees and humans follow Weber’s law. Cognition, 180, 99-107. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.07.004

Eckert, J., Rakoczy, H., & Call, J. (2017). Are great apes able to reason from multi-item samples to populations of food items? American Journal of Primatology. 79(10). doi: 10.1002/ajp.22693

Schmitt, V., Federspiel, I., Eckert, J., Keupp, S., Tschernek, L., Faraut, L., Schuster, R., Michels, C., Bugnyar, T., Mussweiler, T., & Fischer, J. (2015). Do monkeys compare themselves to others? Animal Cognition. doi: 10.1007/s10071-015-0943-4

Spaethe, J., Streinzer, M., Eckert, J., May, S., & Dyer, A. (2014). Behavioural evidence of colour vision in free flying stingless bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 200(6), 485-496. doi: 10.1007/s00359-014-0886-2



Conference Presentations

Talk at Behaviour Conference Estoril, Portugal, 2017 
"Signature limits of intuitive statistics in chimpanzees" 

Talk at International Primatological Conference (IPS), Chicago, USA, 2016 
“Do great apes use statistical information to draw conclusions about populations of food items?”

Poster at 5th Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution (CogEvo), Rovereto, Italy, 2016 
“Ape statisticians: The extent of intuitive statistics in great apes”

Poster at Behaviour Conference Cairns, Australia, 2015
“Do great apes truly engage in intuitive statistics?”

Talk at Second European Student conference on Behaviour and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland, 2015
“Do great apes truly engage in intuitive statistics?”

Poster at CRC Symposium Evolution of Social Behaviour, Göttingen, Germany, 2014
“Social Comparison Processes in Old World Monkeys”


Comparative psychology; primate cognition; behavioral biology; great apes; the evolution of humor and play; intuitive statistics; probabilistic reasoning


Erica Cartmill

Josep Call

Hannes Rakoczy

Julia Fischer

Daniel Hanus

Esther Herrmann

Johannes Spaethe