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Paukner, Annika

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Staff Scientist


Academic research and project management





Poolesville ,MD 20837


Section on Comparative Behavioral Genetics


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):

Title Authors Publication Date
Capuchin monkeys display affiliation toward humans who imitate them.Paukner A,Suomi SJ,Visalberghi E,Ferrari PFScience2009 Aug 14
Neonatal imitation in rhesus macaques.Ferrari PF,Visalberghi E,Paukner A,Fogassi L,Ruggiero A,Suomi SJPLoS Biol2006 Sep
Delayed imitation of lipsmacking gestures by infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).Paukner A,Ferrari PF,Suomi SJPLoS One2011
Distinct EEG amplitude suppression to facial gestures as evidence for a mirror mechanism in newborn monkeys.Ferrari PF,Vanderwert RE,Paukner A,Bower S,Suomi SJ,Fox NAJ Cogn Neurosci2012 May
Social after-effects of fur rubbing in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): increased antagonism and reduced affiliation.Paukner A,Suomi SJPrimates2012 Jul
Tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) spontaneously use visual but not acoustic information to find hidden food items.Paukner A,Huntsberry ME,Suomi SJJ Comp Psychol2009 Feb
Spectral characteristics of the newborn rhesus macaque EEG reflect functional cortical activity.Vanderwert RE,Ferrari PF,Paukner A,Bower SB,Fox NA,Suomi SJPhysiol Behav2012 Dec 5
Monkey lipsmacking develops like the human speech rhythm.Morrill RJ,Paukner A,Ferrari PF,Ghazanfar AADev Sci2012 Jul
Stereotypic head twirls, but not pacing, are related to a 'pessimistic'-like judgment bias among captive tufted capuchins (Cebus apella).Pomerantz O,Terkel J,Suomi SJ,Paukner AAnim Cogn2012 Jul
Some stereotypic behaviors in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) are correlated with both perseveration and the ability to cope with acute stressors.Pomerantz O,Paukner A,Terkel JBehav Brain Res2012 Apr 21
Evidence for kinship information contained in the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) face.Bower S,Suomi SJ,Paukner AJ Comp Psychol2012 Aug
Can Traditions Emerge from the Interaction of Stimulus Enhancement and Reinforcement Learning? An Experimental Model.Matthews LJ,Paukner A,Suomi SJAm Anthropol2010 Jun 1
A modified mark test for own-body recognition in pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina).Macellini S,Ferrari PF,Bonini L,Fogassi L,Paukner AAnim Cogn2010 Jul
Variation and context of yawns in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).Vick SJ,Paukner AAm J Primatol2010 Mar
Visual discrimination of male and female faces by infant rhesus macaques.Paukner A,Huntsberry ME,Suomi SJDev Psychobiol2010 Jan
Reciprocal face-to-face communication between rhesus macaque mothers and their newborn infants.Ferrari PF,Paukner A,Ionica C,Suomi SJCurr Biol2009 Nov 3
Interindividual differences in neonatal imitation and the development of action chains in rhesus macaques.Ferrari PF,Paukner A,Ruggiero A,Darcey L,Unbehagen S,Suomi SJChild Dev2009 Jul-Aug
Sex differences in play behavior in juvenile tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).Paukner A,Suomi SJPrimates2008 Oct
The effects of fur rubbing on the social behavior of tufted capuchin monkeys.Paukner A,Suomi SJAm J Primatol2008 Nov
Capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) respond to video images of themselves.Anderson JR,Kuroshima H,Paukner A,Fujita KAnim Cogn2009 Jan
Video-induced yawning in stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides).Paukner A,Anderson JRBiol Lett2006 Mar 22
Macaques (Macaca nemestrina) recognize when they are being imitated.Paukner A,Anderson JR,Borelli E,Visalberghi E,Ferrari PFBiol Lett2005 Jun 22
Cued repetition of self-directed behaviors in macaques (Macaca nemestrina).Paukner A,Anderson JR,Donaldson DI,Ferrari PFJ Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process2007 Apr
Do facial gestures, visibility or speed of movement influence gaze following responses in pigtail macaques?Paukner A,Anderson JR,Fogassi L,Ferrari PFPrimates2007 Jul
Redundant food searches by capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): a failure of metacognition?Paukner A,Anderson JR,Fujita KAnim Cogn2006 Apr
Reactions of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) to multiple mirrors.Paukner A,Anderson JR,Fujita KBehav Processes2004 Apr 30
Inhaled oxytocin increases positive social behaviors in newborn macaques.Simpson EA,Sclafani V,Paukner A,Hamel AF,Novak MA,Meyer JS,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFProc Natl Acad Sci U S A2014 May 13
The mirror neuron system as revealed through neonatal imitation: presence from birth, predictive power and evidence of plasticity.Simpson EA,Murray L,Paukner A,Ferrari PFPhilos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci2014
Neonatal imitation predicts how infants engage with faces.Paukner A,Simpson EA,Ferrari PF,Mrozek T,Suomi SJDev Sci2014 Jul 4
Personality structure in brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella): comparisons with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), orangutans (Pongo spp.), and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).Morton FB,Lee PC,Buchanan-Smith HM,Brosnan SF,Thierry B,Paukner A,de Waal FB,Widness J,Essler JL,Weiss AJ Comp Psychol2013 Aug
Defining reward value by cross-modal scaling.Casey AH,Silberberg A,Paukner A,Suomi SJAnim Cogn2014 Mar
Visual attention during neonatal imitation in newborn macaque monkeys.Simpson EA,Paukner A,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFDev Psychobiol2014 May
Sensitivity to first-order relations of facial elements in infant rhesus macaques.Paukner A,Bower S,Simpson EA,Suomi SJInfant Child Dev2013 May
Lipsmacking imitation skill in newborn macaques is predictive of social partner discrimination.Simpson EA,Paukner A,Sclafani V,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFPLoS One2013
Facial width-to-height ratio relates to alpha status and assertive personality in capuchin monkeys.Lefevre CE,Wilson VA,Morton FB,Brosnan SF,Paukner A,Bates TCPLoS One2014
Imitation promotes affiliation in infant macaques at risk for impaired social behaviors.Sclafani V,Paukner A,Suomi SJ,Ferrari PFDev Sci2014 Sep 16
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