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María Teresa (Mayte) Martínez Navarrete, MSc

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
AG Domestikation
Department für Interdisziplinäre Lebenswissenschaften
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Dörfles 48
2115 Ernstbrunn

E-Mail to María Teresa Martínez Navarrete



In my PhD research project I explore how far dogs´ decisions are based on an understanding of the partner´s role in cooperative economic games. Through this research we aim to gain a better understanding about the mechanism underlying cooperative behavior.

I am broadly interested in animal social cognition. During my MSc, I studied child development and game theory. Furthermore, I worked as a research assistant at the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa, which focused on social learning of vervet monkeys.

Current Projects

I am employed on the FWF-Project: Animals’ understanding of the partner’s role in cooperation.

Curriculum vitae



PhD at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna


MSc in Research in Behavior and Cognition at the University of Barcelona, Spain
Thesis title: “Moral dilemmas in children and chimpanzees”


Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Granada, Spain
Thesis title: “The relationship between human dopamine transporter gen (DAT1), executive attention and reward processing”