Theresa Rößler, MSc


Curriculum Vitae

Theresa Rößler completed her Bachelor´s degree in biology (major: zoology) as well as the Master´s program ´Behavioural-, Neuro- and Cognitive Biology` at the University of Vienna. For her Master´s thesis she investigated the ability to infer by exclusion in carrion crows at the Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle in Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria. To compare these results with birds of a different family she subsequently conducted a comparative study with three parrot species at the Max-Planck Institute `Comparative Cognition Research Group` at Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife.

Main Fields of Research

Comparative Cognition

Innovation and creativity

innovative problem-solving

technical cognition   


Research Projects

  • Theresa started her PhD in December 2016 at the Messerli research institute. Within the FWF-funded project P29075 she is currently investigating innovation and innovative tool-use in Goffin´s cockatoos at the Goffin Lab 2 in Goldegg, Lower Austria under the supervision of Alice Auersperg, Ludwig Huber and Leonida Fusani. Through a combination of novel and established methodology she aims to investigate influential factors on innovation, underlying mechanisms of innovative problem-solving as well as sequential tool-use in a non-habitually tool-using species.


Rößler, T., & Auersperg, A. M. I. (2017). Comparative Cognition. In J. Vonk & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (pp. 1–11). Cham: Springer International Publishing. 3


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