Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften
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Fischer, Julia, Prof. Dr.

  • 1996 Dr. rer. nat. (Biology), Free University Berlin

  • 1996-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow at NIH (Laboratory of John Newman) and Harvard University (Laboratory of Marc D. Hauser)
  • 1998-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow (Laboratory Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney, University of Pennsylvania), 18-months field research in Botswana

  • 2001-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

  • 2004 Habilitation Leipzig University

  • 2004- Joint appointment as head of research group “Cognitive Ethology” at the German Primate Center and Professor for Ethology and Ecology, University of Göttingen

Major Research Interests

Cognitive and communicative behaviour of primates and other social mammals with special regard to the ontogenetic and phylogenetic development; Socio-ecology of communication; Mechanisms of sound production and perception; Evolution of speech.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Fischer, J., & Hammerschmidt, K. (2011). Ultrasonic vocalizations in mouse models for speech and socio-cognitive disorders: insights into the evolution of vocal communication. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 10, 17-27.

  • Schell, A., Rieck, K., Schell, K., Hammerschmidt, K., & Fischer, J. (2011). Adult but not juvenile Barbary macaques spontaneously recognize group members from pictures. Animal Cognition, 14, 503-509.

  • Schmitt, V., & Fischer, J. (2011). Representational format determines numerical competence in monkeys. Nature Communications.

  • Teufel, C., Ghazanfar, A.A., & Fischer, J. (2010). On the relationship between lateralized brain function and orienting asymmetries. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124, 437-445.

  • Hammerschmidt, K., Radyushkin, K., Ehrenreich, H., & Fischer, J. (2009). Female mice respond to male ultrasonic 'songs' with approach behaviour. Biology Letters, 5, 589-592.

  • Enard, W., Gehre, S., Hammerschmidt, K., […], Fischer, J., Schwarz, J., & Paabo, S. (2009). A Humanized Version of Foxp2 Affects Cortico-Basal Ganglia Circuits in Mice. Cell, 137, 961-971.

  • Jamain, S., Radyushkin, K., Hammerschmidt, K., […], Fischer, J., Bourgeron, T., Ehrenreich, H., & Brose, N. (2008). Reduced social interaction and ultrasonic communication in a mouse model of monogenic heritable autism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105, 1710-1715.

  • Kaminski, J., Call, J. & Fischer, J.: (2004) Word Learning in a domestic dog: Evidence for 'fast mapping'”. Science 304: 1682-1683

  • Fischer, J. (2004). Emergence of individual recognition in young macaques. Animal Behaviour 67, 655-661

  • Teufel, C., Hammerschmidt, K. & Fischer, J. (2007). Lack of orienting asymmetries in Barbary macaques: implications for studies of hemispheric specialisations in auditory processing. Animal Behaviour 73(2), 249-255

  • Fischer, J., Cheney , D. L. & Seyfarth, R. M. (2000). Development of infant baboons' responses to graded bark variants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 267, 2317-2321

  • Fischer, J. in press. Transmission of acquired information in nonhuman primates. In: Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory (Ed. Sweatt, D., Menzel, R. , Eichenbaum, H. Roediger, H.). Elsevier, Oxford

GGNB Fischer, Julia

Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer
Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kognitive Ethologie
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49-(0)551-3851 375
Fax: +49-(0)551-3851 288
e-mail: jfischer@dpz.eu

Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience