Linda Oña

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Postdoctoral Fellow
+49 30 82406-618
Ona [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 

2018 – current     Postdoc at MPI for Human Development

                          #MPRG Naturalistic Social Cognition

2017 – current     Guest Lecturer at University of Osnabrück

                          #Dept of Behavioural Biology

2014 – 2018        Postdoc at Freie Universität Berlin

                          #Dept of Comparative & Developmental Psychology

2013 – 2014        Guest Researcher at University of Groningen

                          #Dept of Behavioural Ecology & Selforganization

2007 - 2011         PhD at the MPI EVA Leipzig 

                          #Dept of Comparative & Developmental Psychology

Research Interests: 


  • Comparative Psychology
  • Social Cognition in non-human primates, humans and canids
  • Communication and Emotions (production and perception)

Selected Literature: 


Liebal K & Oña L (2018) Different Approaches to Meaning in Primate Gestural and Vocal Communication. Front. Psychol. 9:478. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00478

Scheider L, Waller B, Oña Le, Burrows A, Liebal K (2016) Social Use of Facial Expressions in Hylobatids. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151733. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151733

Scheider L, Burrows A, Oña Le, Liebal K, Waller B (2014) A comparison of facial expression properties in five hylobatid species. American Journal of Primatology, 76:618-628        

Scheider L, Kaminski J, Call J, Tomasello M (2012) Do Domestic Dogs interpret Pointing as a Command? Animal Cognition, 16:3, 361-372.

Scheider L, Grassmann S, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2011) Domestic Dogs Use Contextual Information and Tone of Voice when following a Human Pointing Gesture. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021676