Department of Psychology


Dr Juliane Kaminski

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Comparative Psychology
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6301
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a lecturer in the psychology department of the University of Portsmouth. Before that I was the group leader of the research group “Evolutionary Roots of Human Social Interaction” at the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/ Germany where I also completed my PhD in 2005 (with Michael Tomasello & Josep Call). I was also a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College and a member of the Experimental Psychology lab of Cambridge University.

My main research interest is the evolution of human sociality with a particular focus on social cognition. Here I am especially interested in the individual’s understanding of others’ perception, knowledge, intentions, desires and beliefs. I am also interested in questions concerning cooperation and communication among individuals. In my research I follow a comparative approach, that is, I select meaningful groups for comparisons. One comparison is that of humans with their closest living relatives, the great apes. Another comparison is that of humans with one of their closest living domesticated species, the domestic dog.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the undergraduate degree programmes for BSc Psychology and BSc Forensic Psychology. I teach Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis for Psychologists as well as Evolutionary Psychology and Communication. I supervise several PhD students as well as undergraduate projects on Comparative Social Cognition as well as Cooperation and Communication.


Do humans from different cultures interpret others’ knowledge, desires & beliefs similarly? With Daniel Haun (MPI EVAN) and Katja Liebal (Free University of Berlin)

Do chimpanzees and infants understand Level 2 perspective taking? With Y. Rekers & M. Tomasello (MPI EVAN)

Do chimpanzees build reputation about others? With A. Melis (Warwick University) & M. Tomasello (MPI EVAN)

Do dogs cooperate? With M. Nitzschner (MPI EVAN), A. Melis & M. Tomasello

Do dogs use non-directional signals (engaging facial expressions) to determine communicative intent?

The evolution of Facial Movements in domestic dogs (with B. Waller)


Research profile

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