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Annika Paukner

Annika Paukner

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Annika Paukner is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

Career overview

I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Stirling, and then worked as a Staff Scientist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. I joined Nottingham Trent University in January 2019 as a Senior Lecturer.

Research areas

I am interested in animal cognition, how different species have developed the same or different cognitive abilities to us humans, and the underlying causes and mechanisms of these abilities (both developmentally and evolutionary). I primarily work with non-human primates and tend to focus on social cognition.


Simpson, E.A., Maylott, S.E., Lazo, R.J., Leonard, K.A., Kaburu, S.S.K., Suomi, S.J., Paukner, A., & Ferrari, P.F. (2019). Social touch alters newborn monkey behavior. Infant Behavior and Development, 57, 101368

Paukner, A. (2019). Digit ratio (2D:4D) and its behavioural correlates in infant rhesus macaques. Developmental Psychobiology.

Simpson, E. A., Paukner, A., Pedersen, E. J., Ferrari, P. F., & Parr, L. A. (2019). Visual preferences for direct‐gaze faces in infant macaques (Macaca mulatta) with limited face exposure. Developmental Psychobiology61(2), 228-238.

Wooddell, L. J., Simpson, E. A., Murphy, A. M., Dettmer, A. M., & Paukner, A. (2019). Interindividual differences in neonatal sociality and emotionality predict juvenile social status in rhesus monkeys. Developmental Science22(2), e12749.

Meltzoff, A. N., Murray, L., Simpson, E., Heimann, M., Nagy, E., Nadel, J., Pedersen, E.J., Brooks, R., Messinger, D.S., Pascalis, L.D., Subiaul, F., Paukner, A., & Ferrari, P.F. (2018). Re‐examination of Oostenbroek et al.(2016): evidence for neonatal imitation of tongue protrusion. Developmental Science21(4), e12609.

Festante, F., Vanderwert, R. E., Sclafani, V., Paukner, A., Simpson, E. A., Suomi, S. J., Fox, N.A., & Ferrari, P. F. (2018). EEG beta desynchronization during hand goal-directed action observation in newborn monkeys and its relation to the emergence of hand motor skills. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience30, 142-149.

Slonecker, E. M., Simpson, E. A., Suomi, S. J., & Paukner, A. (2018). Who's my little monkey? Effects of infant‐directed speech on visual retention in infant rhesus macaques. Developmental Science21(2), e12519.

Talbot, C. F., Parrish, A. E., Watzek, J., Essler, J. L., Leverett, K. L., Paukner, A., & Brosnan, S. F. (2018). The influence of reward quality and quantity and spatial proximity on the responses to inequity and contrast in capuchin monkeys (Cebus [Sapajus] apella). Journal of Comparative Psychology132(1), 75-87.

Paukner, A., Slonecker, E. M., Murphy, A. M., Wooddell, L. J., & Dettmer, A. M. (2018). Sex and rank affect how infant rhesus macaques look at faces. Developmental Psychobiology60(2), 187-193.

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