The intelligent dog

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way.

 Participants wanted

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way. [more]

Latest publications

Lampe, M.; Bräuer, J.; Kaminski, J.; Virányi, Z.: The effects of domestication and ontogeny on cognition in dogs and wolves. Scientific Reports (2017)
Picin, A.: Technological adaptation and the emergence of Levallois in Central Europe: new insight from the Markkleeberg and Zwochau open-air sites in Germany. Journal of Quaternary Science (2017)
Hill, N. W.; List, J.-M.: Challenges of annotation and analysis in computer-assisted language comparison: A case study on Burmish languages. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting (2017)
Uomini, N.; Lawson, R.: Effects of handedness and viewpoint on the imitation of origami-making. Symmetry (2017)
Knipper, C.; Mittnik, A.; Massy, K.; Kociumaka, C.; Kucukkalipci, I.; Maus, M.; Wittenborn, F.; Metz, S. E.; Staskiewicz, A.; Krause, J. et al.; Stockhammer, P. W.: Female exogamy and gene pool diversification at the transition from the final neolithic to the early Bronze Age in central Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

A complete list of publications you can find here.


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Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

Study including Dr. Juliane Bräuer of the MPI-SHH DogStudies lab shows that dogs seem to have lost some problem solving abilities when they were domesticated. [more]

“A turning point in the study of cultural evolution”

The MPI-SHH welcomes 300 participants from around the globe to Jena for the Cultural Evolution Society's inaugural conference. DLCE's Russell Gray and Olivier Morin discuss the significance of this event for the study of human language and culture. [more]

Hallo! Hello! ¡Hola!

Around 7000 languages are spoken worldwide. Why do humans speak so many languages? Johann-Mattis List speaks with Deutschlandfunk Nova. [more]

Cultural Evolution Society Conference

The Inaugural Cultural Evolution Society Conference will be held at the MPI-SHH, 13-15 September 2017. [more]

47th Poznań Linguistic Meeting

Cormac Anderson, Johann-Mattis List and Paul Heggarty of DLCE are organising a session at the Poznań Linguistic Meeting in Poznań, Poland on 18 Sep. [more]

33rd German Day of Oriental Studies - "Asia, Africa and Europe"

Simon Greenhill and Johann-Mattis List of the DLCE will host a panel at the German Day of Oriental Studies conference in Jena, Sep. 18-22. [more]

Mobile women were key to central exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe

4000 years ago, European women traveled far from their home villages to start their families, bringing with them new cultural objects and ideas. [more]

Institute Profile

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic. From the vantage point of three interdisciplinary research departments – the Department of Archaeogenetics (Director Johannes Krause), the Department of Archaeology (Director Nicole Boivin), and the Department of Cultural and Linguistic Evolution (Director Russell Gray) – the MPI-SHH pursues an integrative approach to the study of human history that bridges the traditional divide between the natural sciences and the humanities. By assembling experts from research areas as diverse as palaeogenetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, anthropology, archaeology, history, and quantitative linguistics, the MPI-SHH seeks to join and advance a broad range of methods, approaches, and datasets to explore big questions of the human past. Using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and technologies, the MPI-SHH tackles these and other topics:  

  • the settlement history of the world through past human migrations and genetic admixture events
  • the spread and diversification of human-associated microbes and infectious diseases
  • the impact of climatic and environmental change on human subsistence in different world regions
  • human modification of ecosystems
  • the rise of early forms of global trade systems
  • the spread and diversification of languages, cultures, and social practices
  • the co-evolution of genes and culture

With the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, a long tradition of phylogenetic and evolutionary research is revitalized in the city of Jena [learn more].

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