Kurt Hammerschmidt

Cognitive Ethology Laboratory
German Primate Center


Research Interests


  • Acoustic communication
  • Evolution of language



Education and Employment

2005 -Senior Scientist, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, German Primate Center, Göttingen
2001 - 2004Senior Scientist, Section of Addiction Research, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Tübingen
1997 - 2001Senior Scientist, Department of Neurobiology, German Primate Center, Göttingen
1995 - 1996Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, USA
1991 - 1994Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Behavioral Biology, FU Berlin
1991Dr. rer. nat (Zoology), FU Berlin, Germany


Selected publications

Barelli C, Mundry R, Heistermann M, Hammerschmidt K (2013) Cues to androgen and quality in male gibbon songs. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82748

Wheeler BC, Hammerschmidt K (2013) Proximate factors underpinning receiver responses to deceptive false alarm calls in wild tufted capuchin monkeys: Is it counter-deception? American Journal of Primatology 75(7): 715-725

Hammerschmidt K, Reisinger E, Westekämper K, Ehrenreich L, Strenzke N, Fischer J (2012) Mice do not require auditory input for the normal development of their ultrasonic vocalizations. BMC Neuroscience 2012, 13:40

Meyer D, Hodges JK, Rinaldi D, Wijaya A, Roos C, Hammerschmidt K (2012) Acoustic structure of male loud-calls support molecular phylogeny of Sumatran and Javanese leaf monkeys (genus Presbytis). BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012, 12:16

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(1): 17-27

Maciej P, Fischer J, Hammerschmidt K (2011) Transmission Characteristics of Primate Vocalizations: Implications for Acoustic Analyses. Plos ONE 6: e23015

Thinh VN, Hallam C, Roos C, Hammerschmidt K (2011) Concordance between vocal and genetic diversity in crested gibbons. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:36

Enard W, Gehre S, Hammerschmidt K, et al. (2009) A Humanized Version of Foxp2 Affects Cortico-Basal Ganglia Circuits in Mice. Cell 137: 961-971

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

Hammerschmidt K, Fischer J (2008) Constraints in primate vocal production. In: U Griebel, K Oller (eds) The evolution of communicative creativity: From fixed signals to contextual flexibility. The MIT Press, Cambridge. MA, pp 93-119