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Doctor in cognitive science and Scientific director at Lund University Primate Research Station Furuvik.

Besides a general interest in human evolution and primate behaviour the work is focused on questions regarding great apes' capacities for representation. This has been addressed in studies of e.g. gorillas' and bonobos' understanding of pictures, and currently in various new projects. See below.

Publications that can not be found below are listed, and can sometimes be downloaded, here.

I teach on the course Animal Cognition and act as Head of Department of Philosophy.

Research

About the research

Doctor in cognitive science and Scientific director at Lund University Primate Research Station Furuvik.

Besides a general interest in human evolution and primate behaviour the work is focused on questions regarding great apes' capacities for representation. This has been addressed in studies of e.g. gorillas' and bonobos' understanding of pictures, and currently in various new projects. See the tab "Projects."

Publications that can not be found below are listed, and can sometimes be downloaded, here.

I teach on the course Animal Cognition and act as Head of Department of Philosophy.

Publications

Books (1)
  • Persson, T. (2008). Pictorial Primates: A Search for Iconic Abilities in Great Apes. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 136. Cognitive Science. Dissertation.
Articles (11)
  • Sauciuc, G.-A., Persson, T., Bååth, R., Bobrowicz, K. & Osvath, M. (2016). Affective forecasting in an orangutan : predicting the hedonic outcome of novel juice mixes. Animal Cognition, 19, 1081-1092. Springer.
  • Osvath, M. & Persson, T. (2015). What’s in a name? Commentary: A crisis in comparative psychology: Where have all the undergraduates gone. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. Frontiers.
  • Madsen, E. & Persson, T. (2013). Contagious yawning in domestic dog puppies (Canis lupus familiaris): The effect of ontogeny and emotional closeness on low-level imitation in dogs. Animal Cognition, 16, 233-240. Springer.
  • Madsen, E., Persson, T., Sayehli, S., Lenninger, S. & Sonesson, G. (2013). Chimpanzees show a developmental increase in susceptibility to contagious yawning: A test of the effect of ontogeny and emotional closeness on yawn contagion. PLoS ONE, 8. Public Library of Science.
  • Osvath, M. & Persson, T. (2013). Great apes can defer exchange: a replication with different results suggesting future oriented behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. Frontiers.
  • Thunström, M., Persson, T. & Björklund, M. (2013). Integration of a hand-reared chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) infant into a social group of conspecifics. Primates, 54, 13-19. Springer.
  • Zlatev, J., Madsen, E., Lenninger, S., Persson, T., Sayehli, S., van de Weijer, J. & Sonesson, G. (2013). Understanding communicative intentions and semiotic vehicles by children and chimpanzees. Cognitive Development, 28, 312-329. Elsevier.
  • Osvath, M., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2012). Foresight, function representation, and social intelligence in great apes (Commentary on K. Vaesen “The cognitive basis of human tool use”). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 234-235. Cambridge University Press.
  • Osvath, M., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2012). Foresight, function representation, and social intelligence in the great apes. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 35, 234. Cambridge University Press.
  • Zlatev, J., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2005). Bodily mimesisas “the missing link” in human cognitive evolution. LUCS: Lund University Cognitive Studies, 121. Lund University Cognitive Studies.
  • Zlatev, J., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2005). Triadic bodily mimesis is the difference. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 720-720. Cambridge University Press.
Book chapters (3)
Conference contributions (22)
Reviews (1)
  • Persson, T. (2013). Bonobon och tio guds bud. På jakt efter humanism bland primater. Respons. Tidskriften Respons.
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (2)
  • Persson, T. (2013). Se människan!. Axess. Axess Publishing AB.
  • Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2008). Varför har vi så stora ögonvitor?. Forskning & framsteg. Stiftelsen Forskning & Framsteg.
Newspaper articles (5)

Research portal (Lund University)

Tomas Persson

Researcher, Senior Lecturer
Cognitive Science
Department of Philosophy

Head of Department
Department of Philosophy

Contact information

E-mail tomas.perssonlucs.luse

Phone +46 46 222 01 13

Room LUX:B507

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

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