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Paukner, Annika

Formal Title:

Staff Scientist


Academic research and project management





Poolesville ,MD 20837


Annika Paukner, Ph.D., joined the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology in 2006. She earned both her B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Her research interests focus on cognitive processes and social behavior in non-human primates with particular emphasis on the effects of the early rearing environment on infant development. Dr. Paukner currently coordinates a longitudinal project investigating the causes and consequences of neonatal imitation in infant rhesus macaques. A second aspect of her research involves social decision making in Cebus monkeys, a project for which she is also the PI. Her work combines social, developmental, and comparative aspects, and utilizes both experimental and observational approaches. 


Publications (PubMed):

Capuchin monkeys display affiliation toward humans who imitate them.
Neonatal imitation in rhesus macaques.
Delayed imitation of lipsmacking gestures by infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).
Distinct EEG amplitude suppression to facial gestures as evidence for a mirror mechanism in newborn monkeys.
Social after-effects of fur rubbing in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): increased antagonism and reduced affiliation.
Tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) spontaneously use visual but not acoustic information to find hidden food items.
Spectral characteristics of the newborn rhesus macaque EEG reflect functional cortical activity.
Monkey lipsmacking develops like the human speech rhythm.
Stereotypic head twirls, but not pacing, are related to a 'pessimistic'-like judgment bias among captive tufted capuchins (Cebus apella).
Some stereotypic behaviors in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) are correlated with both perseveration and the ability to cope with acute stressors.
Evidence for kinship information contained in the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) face.
Can Traditions Emerge from the Interaction of Stimulus Enhancement and Reinforcement Learning? An Experimental Model.
A modified mark test for own-body recognition in pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina).
Variation and context of yawns in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).
Visual discrimination of male and female faces by infant rhesus macaques.
Reciprocal face-to-face communication between rhesus macaque mothers and their newborn infants.
Interindividual differences in neonatal imitation and the development of action chains in rhesus macaques.
Sex differences in play behavior in juvenile tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).
The effects of fur rubbing on the social behavior of tufted capuchin monkeys.
Capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) respond to video images of themselves.
Video-induced yawning in stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides).
Macaques (Macaca nemestrina) recognize when they are being imitated.
Cued repetition of self-directed behaviors in macaques (Macaca nemestrina).
Do facial gestures, visibility or speed of movement influence gaze following responses in pigtail macaques?
Redundant food searches by capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): a failure of metacognition?
Reactions of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) to multiple mirrors.
Inhaled oxytocin increases positive social behaviors in newborn macaques.
The mirror neuron system as revealed through neonatal imitation: presence from birth, predictive power and evidence of plasticity.
Neonatal imitation predicts how infants engage with faces.
Personality structure in brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella): comparisons with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), orangutans (Pongo spp.), and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).
Defining reward value by cross-modal scaling.
Visual attention during neonatal imitation in newborn macaque monkeys.
Sensitivity to first-order relations of facial elements in infant rhesus macaques.
Lipsmacking imitation skill in newborn macaques is predictive of social partner discrimination.
Facial width-to-height ratio relates to alpha status and assertive personality in capuchin monkeys.
Imitation promotes affiliation in infant macaques at risk for impaired social behaviors.
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