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Sauciuc, G-A., & Persson, T. (2020). Chimpanzees predict the hedonic outcome of novel taste combinations: The evolutionary origins of affective forecasting. Frontiers in Psychology. doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.549193 Link. (Open access)

Ranta, M., Persson, T., Skoglund, P. & Gjerde, J.M. (2020). Hunting stories in Scandinavian rock art: Aspects of “tellability” in the North vs. the South. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, doi: 10.1111/ojoa.12197 Link (Open access)

Lenninger, S., Persson, T., van de Weijer, J. & Sonesson, G. (2020). Mirror, peephole and video – The role of contiguity in children’s perception of reference in iconic signs. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01622 Link (Open access)

Sauciuc, G.A., Zlakowska, J., Persson, T., Lenninger, S. & Madsen, E.A. (2020). Imitation recognition and its prosocial effects in 6-month old infants. PLOS ONE, 15(5). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232717 Link (Open access)

Skoglund, P., Persson, T & Cabak Rédei, A. (2020). A Multisensory Approach to Rock Art: Exploring Tactile and Visual Dimensions in the Southern Scandinavian Rock Art Tradition. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. doi: 10.1017/ppr.2020.1 Link (Open access)

Ranta, M., Skoglund, P., Cabak Rédei, A. & Persson, T (2019). Levels of Narrativity in Scandinavian Bronze Age Petroglyphs. Cambridge Archaeological Journal. doi:
10.1017/S0959774319000118 Link (Open access)

Persson, T. (2018) Animal cognition: Explaining cognitive evolution by way of experimental psychology – At all possible? In: B. Brozek, L. Kurek, L. Kwiatek (Eds.): Explaining the Mind. Krakow: Copernicus Center Press.

Anikin, A., Rudling, M., Persson, T., & Gärdenfors, P. (2018, December 10). Synesthetic Associations Between Voice and Gestures in Preverbal Infants: Weak Effects and Methodological Concerns. PsyArXiv Preprints. Link (Working paper)

Sauciuc, G.A. & Persson, T. (2018) Chimpanzees like to copy human visitors to the zoo – Ig Nobel Prize The Conversation. Link (Open access)

Cabak Rédei, A., Skoglund, P. & Persson, T. (2018) Applying cartosemiotics to rock art: an example from Aspeberget, Sweden. Social Semiotics. Online First. doi: 10.1080/10350330.2018.1488338 Link (Open access)

Anikin, A., Bååth, R., & Persson, T. (2017) Human non-linguistic vocal repertoire: call types and their meaning. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. Online first. doi: 10.1007/s10919-017-0267-y Link (Open access)

Persson, T., Sauciuc, G. A., & Madsen, E. A. (2017). Spontaneous cross-species imitation in interactions between chimpanzees and zoo visitors. Primates, 1-11. Link (Open access) Awarded the Ig Nobel prize (in Anthropology) 2018

Lind J, Lönnberg S, Persson T and Enquist M (2017). Time does not help orangutans Pongo abelii solve physical problems. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:161. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00161 Link (Open access)

Sauciuc, G. A., Persson, T., Bååth, R., Bobrowicz, K., & Osvath, M. (2016). Affective forecasting in an orangutan: predicting the hedonic outcome of novel juice mixes. Animal cognition, 19(6), 1081-1092. Link (Open access)

Anikin, A. & Persson, T. (2016) Non-linguistic Vocalizations from Online Amateur Videos for Emotion Research: a Validated Corpus. Behavior Research Methods, (Online first) 1-14. Link (Not open access)

Osvath, M. & Persson, T. (2015) What’s in a Name? Commentary: A Crisis in Comparative Psychology: Where Have All the Undergraduates Gone. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1856. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01856 Link (Open access)

Madsen, E.A., Persson, T., Sayehli, S., Lenninger, S. & Sonesson, G. (2013). Chimpanzees Show a Developmental Increase in Susceptibility to Contagious Yawning: A Test of the Effect of Ontogeny and Emotional Closeness on Yawn Contagion. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76266. Link (Open access)

Osvath, M. & Persson, T. (2013). Great apes can defer exchange: a replication with different results suggesting future oriented behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, Oct 02. Link (Open access)

Zlatev J., Alenkær Madsen E., Lenninger S., Persson T., Sayehli S., Sonesson G., van de Weijer J. (2013). Understanding communicative intentions and semiotic vehicles by children and chimpanzees. Cognitive Development. Link (Not open access)

Persson, T. (2013). Se människan! Axess. Link / PDF (in Swedish)

Madsen E. & Persson, T. (2012). Contagious yawning in domestic dog puppies (Canis lupus familiaris): The effect of ontogeny and emotional closeness on low-level imitation in dogs. Animal Cognition. Link (Not open access)

Persson, T & Lindblom, J. (2012). Djurkognition. In M. Allwood & M. Jensen (Eds.): Kognitionsvetenskap. Poland: Studentlitteratur. ISBN: 978-91-44-05166-6. PDF

Thunström, M., Persson, T. & Björklund, M. (2012). Integration of a hand-reared chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) infant into a social group of conspecifics. Primates. ISSN: 0032-8332 Link (Not open access)

Osvath M., Persson T. & Gärdenfors P. (2012). Foresight, function representation, and social intelligence in the great apes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. ISSN: 0140-525X Link (Not open access)

Persson, T. (2011-12). Do animals have imagination? Using pictures to study the representational abilities of great apes. The Irish Times (4 september, 2011); El Pais (13 September, 2011) Link; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (23 September, 2011); Rzeczpospolita (?); Der Standard (?)

Persson, T. (2009). Tests of true pictorial competence in chimpanzees: The case of drawings. In J. Zlatev, M. Andrén, M. Johansson Falck & C. Lundmark (Eds.): Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 1-4438-0174-7. PDF

Persson, T. (2008). Primates, a cog in cognitive science. In P. Gärdenfors & A. Wallin (Eds.): A Smorgasbord of Cognitive Science. Riga: Nya Doxa. ISBN: 978-91-578-0532-4. PDF

Persson, T. (2008). Pictorial Primates: A Search for Iconic Abilities in Great Apes. (Doctoral dissertation). Lund: Lund University Cognitive Studies, 136. ISBN: 91-974741-9-3, ISSN: 1101-8453. Abstract and PDF

Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2008). Varför har vi så stora ögonvitor? Forskning och Framsteg, 43(1). ISSN: 0015-7937

Persson, T. (2007). Doktor Dolittles återkomst. Under Strecket, Svenska Dagbladet, 22 November, 2007. ISSN: 1101-2412. Link (in Swedish)

Zlatev, J., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2005). Triadic bodily mimesis is the difference! Behavioral and brain sciences 28(5). ISSN: 0140-525X

Zlatev, J., Persson, T. & Gärdenfors, P. (2005). Bodily mimesis as “the missing link” in human cognitive evolution. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 121. ISSN: 1101-8453. PDF (Working paper)

Persson, T. (2004). Människan bäst i världen på att apa efter. Under Strecket, Svenska Dagbladet, 21 June 2004. ISSN: 1101-2412. Link (In Swedish)

Poster bonus:

What we must do in order to test pictorial competence in animals (Presented at Ruhr-University Bochum, 2012; Oxford Brookes University, 2014) PDF