Person

Mathias Osvath

Reader, Senior Lecturer

  • Cognitive Science
  • Department of Philosophy

Contact information

E-mail mathias.osvathlucs.luse

Room LUX:B428

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

Phone +46 46 222 32 99

Mobile +46 70 511 26 55

I am a cognitive zoologist. That means that I compare cognitive functions across species in order to understand cognitive evolution. This type of research aims at gaining a deeper understanding of cognition as a biological phenomenon.

I work with an array of species. Among them, corvids, great apes, crocodilians, ostrich-like birds and marsupials. I study both complex cognition and fundamental functions. One of my interests is to recreate the cognition of extinct animals, such as dinosaurs, by comparing the cognition of their nearest living relatives. One of my other interests is the philosophy of animal minds.

I am a research leader for several different projects. I am also scientific director for research facilities. I most often supervise PhD-students, and teach in cognitive zoology and in other cognitive sciences.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

I am an associate professor in Cognitive Zoology. My main research concerns the evolution of cognition, and in particular independently evolved similar cognition which leads to an understanding of cognitive principles. I compare great apes and corvids which are similar in their complex cognition despite sharing a last common ancestor about 320 million years ago. I also study cognition in the deep evolutionary history of the bird lineage, including the extinct dinosaurs, by comparing crocodilians with the least derived birds, the palaeognaths. I similarly study the evolution of the mammals by comparing monotremes, marsupials and placentals. The two lineages are compared in order to get a better picture of the natural history of cognition that lead to the high levels we see today in some species of both lineages.

Books (1)

Articles (40)

Book chapters (4)

Prefaces (1)

Encyclopaedia entries (6)

Conference contributions (20)

Reports (2)

Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)

Supervision at Lund University (3)

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Member of the Young Academy of Sweden (2020-)

Deputy head of department, Department of Philosophy (2015-2018)

Mathias Osvath

Reader, Senior Lecturer

  • Cognitive Science
  • Department of Philosophy

Contact information

E-mail mathias.osvathlucs.luse

Room LUX:B428

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

Phone +46 46 222 32 99

Mobile +46 70 511 26 55

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