Main Focus

  • Comparative Evolutionary Psychology
  • Social Cognition of humans, non-human primates and canids
  • Production and perception of communication and emotions

Curriculum Vitae

2018 - current     PostDoc at MPIB

2017 - current     Guest lecturer at Universität Osnabrück

2014 - 2018        PostDoc at Freie Universität Berlin

2013 - 2014        Guest researcher at University of Groningen (NL)         

2007 - 2011        PhD at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA)

Selected Literature

Oña LS, Sandler W, & Liebal K (2019). A stepping stone to compositionality in chimpanzee communication. PeerJ, 7,

Oña L, Oña LS, Wertz AE (2019) The evolution of plant social learning through error minimization. Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, 40, 447-456.

Liebal K, Oña LS (2018) Mind the gap - intentional gestures and emotional facial expressions of nonhuman primates? Interaction Studies, 19:1/2,  pp. 121–135

Liebal K, Oña LS (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

Waller BM, Peirce K, Caeiro C, Scheider L, McCune S, Kaminski J (2013) Neotenous facial expressions give dogs a selective advantage. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082686

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 

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