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Annika Paukner

Annika Paukner

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Annika Paukner is an Associate Professor in Comparative Psychology 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

Deputy lead of the Evolution and Social Interaction Research Group

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 am particularly interested in supervising PhD projects on social cognition in primates.


Zeng, G., Simpson, E.A., & Paukner, A. (in press).  Maximizing valid eye‑tracking data in human and macaque infants by optimizing calibration and adjusting areas of interest. Behavior Research Methods.

Festante, F., Rayson, H., Paukner, A., Kaburu, S. S., Toschi, G., Fox, N. A., & Ferrari, P. F. (2021). Oxytocin promotes prosocial behavior and related neural responses in infant macaques at-risk for compromised social development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience48, 100950. DOI:

Paukner, A., Slonecker, E. M., & Wooddell, L. J. (2021). Effects of dominance and female presence on secondary sexual characteristics in male tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Ecology and Evolution, 11(11), 6315-6325. DOI:

Morton, F. B., Buchanan-Smith, H. M., Brosnan, S. F., Thierry, B., Paukner, A., Essler, J. L., Marcum, C.S., & Lee, P. C. (2021). Studying animal innovation at the individual level: A ratings-based assessment in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus [Cebus] sp.). Journal of Comparative Psychology.

King, R. B., & Paukner, A. (2020). Translating socioeconomic status between nonhuman primate and human studies in health research. Child Development Perspectives14(4), 229-235.

Hopper, L. M., Gulli, R. A., Howard, L. H., Kano, F., Krupenye, C., Ryan, A. M., & Paukner, A. (2020). The application of noninvasive, restraint-free eye-tracking methods for use with nonhuman primates. Behavior Research Methods.

Heuberger, B., Paukner, A., Wooddell, L. J., Kasman, M., & Hammond, R. A. (2020). The role of novelty and fat and sugar concentration in food selection by captive tufted capuchins (Sapajus apella). American Journal of Primatology82(8), e23165.

Maylott, S. E., Paukner, A., Ahn, Y. A., & Simpson, E. A. (2020). Human and monkey infant attention to dynamic social and nonsocial stimuli. Developmental Psychobiology62(6), 841-857.

Paukner, A., Capitanio, J. P., & Blozis, S. A. (2020). A new look at neurobehavioral development in rhesus monkey neonates (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology82(5), e23122.

Paukner, A. (2020). Digit ratio (2D: 4D) and its behavioral correlates in infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Developmental Psychobiology62(7), 992-998.

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