Primate Research

Our primate research is conducted in collaboration with Joël Fagot, in Marseille, France. There, 30 baboons live in a social group in an open area. Comparisons of pigeons’ and baboons’ performance in a variety of tasks allows us to examine phylogenetic similarities and differences in categorization and other cognitive capacities.

Abstract thought in baboons?

Baboons show hints of abstract thought

Baboons learn the relations between relations

Baboons and pigeons are capable of higher-level cognition

How Do You Tell a Chair from a Cat? Scientists Say You Could Ask a Pigeon


Edward A. Wasserman
Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
E222 Seashore Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone:  (319) 335-2445
Fax:  (319) 335-0191