Vedrana Slipogor, MSc


After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from University of Zagreb (Croatia), doing an internship at the Station for Experimental Ecology of the CNRS in Moulis (France), an Erasmus study mobility and internship at the University of Vienna, Vedrana Šlipogor received her master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Zagreb (Croatia). In 2013 she was awarded with Ernst Mach Grant Worldwide by the OeAD-GmbH for a 9-month research project on proximate basis of personality traits in Prof. Bugnyar’s group (University of Vienna). In 2014 she received Uni:docs fellowship to perform doctoral studies under the guidance of Prof. Thomas Bugnyar at the Department of Cognitive Biology.

Šlipogor is broadly interested in multiple topics in animal (social) cognition, behaviour and physiology. In her PhD project she will pursue an integrative approach to the study of animal personality, using common marmosets as a model system. Conceptually, she aims to evaluate different methods in studying personality in non-human primates; empirically, she aims to i) combine behavioural and physiological parameters of individual differences, ii) investigate social and non-social personality traits in different social settings and iii) test for possible effects of personality traits on social learning.


Šlipogor, V., Burkart, J.M., Martin, J.S., Bugnyar, T., & Koski, S.E. (2019). Personality Method Validation in Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Getting the Best of Both Worlds. Journal of Comparative Psychology. Advance online publication.

Šlipogor, V., Graf, C., Massen, J.J.M. & Bugnyar, T. (2019). Testing Cognitive Aspects of ‘Group Personality’ in Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Does Social Environment Affect the Individual Variation in Learning? Folia Primatologica

Grabner, J.V., Šlipogor, V. & Bugnyar, T. (2019). Information Transmission in Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Do Vocalisations Produced in Predator or Food Contexts Influence the Behavioural and Physiological State of Naïve Individuals? Folia Primatologica

Reber, S.A.*, Šlipogor, V.*, Oh, J., Ravignani, A., Hoeschele, M., Bugnyar, T. & Fitch, T.F. (2019) Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) are sensitive to simple dependencies at variable distances in an artificial grammar. Evolution and Human Behaviour 40, 214-221. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.11.006

Martin, J.S., Massen, J.J.M., Šlipogor, V., Bugnyar, T., Jaeggi, A., & Koski, S.E. (2018). The EGA+GNM framework: An integrative approach to modelling behavioural syndromes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Oh, J., Šlipogor, V., & Fitch, W. T. (2018). Artificial Visual Stimuli for Animal Experiments: An Experimental Evaluation in a Prey Capture Context With Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Journal of Comparative Psychology

Šlipogor, V., Burkart, J., Bugnyar, T., Koski, S.E. (2017). Psychological or Biological Approach to Personality? Method Comparison in Common Marmosets. Folia Primatologica 88, 82. doi: 10.1159/000479094

Oh, J., Hoeschele, M., Reber, S.A., Šlipogor, V., Bugnyar, T., and Fitch, W.T. A technological framework for running and analyzing animal head turning experiments. Behavior Research Methods. 2017 Jul 14. doi: 10.3758/s13428-017-0934-2.

Massen, J.J.M., Šlipogor, V. and Gallup, A.C. (2016). An Observational Investigation of Behavioral Contagion in Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Indications for Contagious Scent-Marking. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1190. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01190

Šlipogor, V., Gunhold-de Oliveira, T., Tadić, Z., Massen, J.J.M. and Bugnyar, T. (2016). Consistent Inter-individual Differences in Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) in Boldness-Shyness, Stress-Activity, and Exploration-Avoidance. American Journal of Primatology, 78: 961–973. doi:10.1002/ajp.22566

Šlipogor, V., Massen, J.J.M., Millesi, E. & Bugnyar, T. (2015)  Long-term vs. short-term consistency of social personality traits and salivary cortisol levels in common marmosets. Folia Primatologica 86, 361.

Slipogor, V., Gunhold, T. & Bugnyar, T. (2013): Personality traits in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Folia Primatologica 84, 321-322.

*shared first authorship