Can Guitart Vell

Postgraduate studies in United States, 1990

Josep Call is a comparative psychologist specializing in primate cognition and cognitive evolution, Professor in the Evolutionary Origins of Mind (School of Psychology and Neuroscience) at the University of St Andrews (UK) and Director (and co-founder) of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig Zoo (Germany). He received his BA (1990) from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), and MA (1995) and PhD (1997) from Emory University, Atlanta (USA). From 1997 to 1999 he was a lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool (UK) where he taught courses on primate cognition and cognitive evolution. In 1999 he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) where he was a senior scientist until 2013. His research focuses on elucidating the cognitive processes underlying technical and social problem solving in animals with the ultimate goal of reconstructing the evolution of human and nonhuman cognition. He has published four books and more than 300 articles and book chapters on the behavior and cognition of the great apes and other animals. His current H-index is 57 with more than 10,000 citations overall and more than 1,000 citations in each of the last five years (Web of Science). He has been awarded the Irvine Memorial Medal and the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award, and been elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 6), the Cognitive Science Society, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Psychology and a member of the editorial board of several other academic journals. He is currently editing the upcoming APA Handbook of Comparative Psychology -a two-volume set that will provide the broadest and most exhaustive coverage of the field of comparative psychology available in the market.

Josep's fellowship

Postgraduate studies in United States, 1990

Studies pursued with the fellowship


Type of studies


Host university or research centre

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Speciality of studies pursued with the fellowship

General psychology

Home university

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Home speciality

General psychology