Isabelle Laumer, MSc


I have broad interests within the field of animal cognition, with a focus on tool-use behaviour and decision-making. In the course of my master thesis I studied impulse control using the food exchange paradigm in Goffin cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana). Thereafter I received a Uni:docs fellowship to perform doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Bugnyar at the Department of Cognitive Biology. My current research aims lie in investigating the cognitive abilities underlying tool-related problem solving and tool innovation in Goffin cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana) and orangutans (Pongo abelii). 


Laumer I.B., Bugnyar T., Reber S.A., Auersperg A.M.I. (2017) Can hook-bending be let off the hook? Bending/unbending of pliant tools by cockatoos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20171026.

Auersperg A.M.I., Borasinski S., Laumer I.B., Kacelnik A. (2016) Goffin’s cockatoos make the same tool type from different materials. Biology Letters 12: 20160689.

Laumer I.B., Bugnyar T., Auersperg A.M.I. (2016) Flexible decision-making relative to reward quality and tool functionality in Goffin cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana). Scientific Reports 6, 28380 doi: 10.1038/srep28380 (2016).

Laumer I.B.*, Auersperg A.M.I.*, Bugnyar T. (2013) Goffin cockatoos wait for qualitative and quantitative gains but prefer ‘better’ to ‘more’. Biology Letters 9: 20121092. *shared first authorship