Ana Lucía Arbaiza-Bayona

Research interests
Since my undergraduate degree, I have been interested in developmental explanations of behavior, which I think are still often ignored by animal behavior researchers. Thus, I mainly focus on the effects of early experience (e.g., quality of mother-infant relationships) on the development of various psychological phenomena (e.g., personality).

Academic career

  • April 2021 – present: PhD student
    Behavioural Ecology Department, University of Göttingen.
    Ph.D. program Behaviour and Cognition (BeCog).
    DAAD Research Grant - Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2020/21
    PhD topic: Prenatal and postnatal maternal influence on personality development in wild Assamese macaques. Advisor: Julia Ostner.
  • 2015-2018: Master in Psychology (research emphasis on Learning and Evolution of Behavior)
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.
    Research grant from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Colciencias (761-2016).
    Laureate master thesis: Characterization of mother-infant relationship in wild Geoffroy’s spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Advisors: Dr. Germán Gutiérrez and Dr. Colleen Schaffner.
  • 2007-2014: Undergraduate degree in Psychology
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia


  • Arbaiza-Bayona, A. L., Schaffner, C., Gutiérrez, G. & Aureli, F. Mother-Infant relationships and infant independence in wild Geoffroy’s spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). (under revision).

Conference contributions

  • Arbaiza-Bayona, A. L. & Gutiérrez, G. (2019). Contribuciones de la investigación con primates no humanos en el estudio del apego en humanos [Contributions of non human primate research in the study of attachment in humans]. In Task Force of Experimental and Comparative Psychology of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, Comparaciones teóricas y metodológicas entre el comportamiento humano y no humano [Symposium]. 37 Interamerican Congress of Psychology.
  • Gutiérrez, G., Arbaiza-Bayona, A. L., Schaffner, C., & Aureli, F. (2018). Mother-Infant Relationship in Wild Geoffroy’s Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) [Poster presentation]. XIX Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology, Los Angeles.
  • Arbaiza-Bayona, A. L., Puentes E., M. A. & Gutiérrez, G. (2014). Efecto de la presentación temprana de estímulos en el comportamiento sexual de la codorniz japonesa macho [Effects of early exposure to stimuli in the sexual behavior of male Japanese quail]. Oral presentation at the XVII Biennal Meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology. Bogota