Katharina Brecht, PhD

Wissenschaftliche Angestellte

Research Interests

  • Comparative Cognition
  • Corvid cognitive abilities 


  • Cognitive control of corvid vocalisations (PI, DFG grant "Eigene Stelle") 
  • Statistical decision making in corvids (PI, Athene-fellowship) 
  • Neophobia in corvids (with Rachael Miller & Nicky Clayton) 


Brecht & Nieder (2020). Parting self from others: Individual and self-recognition in birds. Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews. [pdf

Brecht, Müller, & Nieder (2020). Carrion crows (Corvus corone corone) fail the mirror mark test yet again. Journal of Comparative Psychology [pdf

Brecht, Hage, Gavirlov, & Nieder (2019). Volitional control of vocalizations in corvid songbirds. PLOS Biology. [pdf

Brecht, Ostojic, Legg, & Clayton (2018). Difficulties when using video playback to investigate social cognition in California scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica). PeerJ. [pdf]

Brecht, Wagener, & Nieder (2017). Comparing the face inversion effect in crows and humans. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. [pdf

Ostojic, Legg, Brecht et al. (2017). Current desires of conspecific observers affect cache-protection strategies in California scrub-jays and Eurasian jays. Current Biology. [pdf]

Ostojic, Legg, Dits, Williams, Brecht, Mendl, & Clayton (2016). Experimenter expectancy bias does not explain Eurasian jays’ (Garrulus glandarius) performance in a desire-state attribution task. Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Brecht, Goelz, Bevot, Krägeloh-Mann, & Lizba (2015). Postnatal Human Cytomegalovirus Infection in Preterm Infants Has Long-Term Neuropsychological Sequelae. Journal of Pediatrics