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Dr. Alexis Garland

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: GAFO 05/622
Phone: +49 234 32 26845
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2013 Postdoctoral researcher at RUB
2009 – 2012 PhD in Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Thesis: “A Bird’s-Eye View: Core Knowledge in wild North Island robins of New Zealand” Supervisors: Dr. Jason Low, Dr. KC Burns  
2007 – 2008 Fulbright Fellowship, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany 
2005 – 2006 Master of Arts in Linguistics, Oakland University, MI, USA 
2002 – 2003 Study Abroad at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
1999 – 2004 Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature, Oakland University, MI, USA 



Methods and Research Interests

  • Comparative/developmental/cognitive psychology: animal cognition and behaviour
  • Avian cognition and behaviour
  • Behaviour, ecology and adaptation in wild populations
  • Numerical cognition, Agency and cessation of agency, Theory of Mind (ToM), Behavioural and adaptive plasticity



  • Garland, A., Low, J. & Burns, K. C. (2012). Large quantity discrimination by North Island robins (Petroica longipes). Animal Cognition, 15(6): 1129–1140. doi:10.1007/s10071-012-0537-3
  • Armstrong, N., Garland, A., Burns, K.C. (2012). Memory for multiple cache locations and prey quantities in a food-hoarding songbird. Frontiers in Comparative Psychology.
  • Beran, M.J., McIntyre, J.M., Garland, A., Evans, T.A. (2013). What Counts for “Counting”? Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Respond Appropriately to Relevant and Irrelevant Information in a Quantity Judgment Task. Animal Behavior, 85: 987-993.
  • Garland, A. & Low, J. (2014). Addition and subtraction in wild North Island robins. Behavioural Processes: Special Issue. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.022
  • Garland, A., & Low, J. (2014). Wild north island robins (Petroica longipes) respond to prey animacy. Animal Behavior and Cognition: Special Issue: Comparative Evolutionary Psychology, 1(3), 352367. doi: 10.12966/abc.08.10.2014
  • Garland, A., Low, J., Armstrong, N., Burns, K.C. (2014). Wild robins (Petroica longipes) respond to human gaze. Animal Cognition. doi: 10.1007/s100710140747y
  • Garland, A., Beran, M.J., McIntyre, J.M., & Low, J. (2014). Relative quantity judgments between discrete spatial arrays by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and New Zealand robins (Petroica longipes). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 128(3): 307317. doi: 10.1037/a0036484



2012 ISBE Meeting Travel Grant 
2009 - 2012 Victoria University Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Research Scholarship 
2007 - 2008 Fulbright Fellowship
2007 - 2008 Germanistic Society of America Scholar
2007 Guizhou Summer Institute Travel Grant
2002 Iodice Grant
2000 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Grant  



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