Emilie Genty

Multimodal communication in bonobos

I am interested in finding precursors to human language by studying the communication of great apes. Human language is fundamentally multimodal and I am looking at the way bonobos combine communicative signals (gestures and vocalisations) to convey information and how these combinations modify the message according to the context and the audience.

Young Bonobo



Genty E., Palmier C., Roeder J. J. (2004) Learning to suppress responses to the larger of two rewards in two species of lemurs, Eulemur fulvus and E. macaco. Animal Behaviour 67 (5), 925-932.

Genty E., Roeder J. J. (2006) Self-control: Why should sea lions (Zalophus californianus) perform better than primates? Animal Behaviour, 72, 1241-1247.

G enty E., Roeder J. J. (2007) Transposition of self-control abilities in lemurs: choice of a less-preferred food item under a reverse-reward contingency. Journal of Comparative Psychology. 121, 354-362.

Genty E., Foltz J., Roeder J. J. (2008) Can brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) learn to deceive a human competitor? Animal Cognition, 11, 255-266.

Genty, E., Breuer T., Hobaiter C. & Byrne, R. W. (2009). Gestural communication of the gorilla (Gorilla gorilla): Repertoire, intentionality, and possible origins. Animal Cognition, 12, 527-546.

Genty E., Byrne R.W. Why do gorillas make sequences of gestures ? Animal Cognition, 13 (2), 287-301.

Marechal, L.; Genty, E. and Roeder, J.J. (2010) Recognition of faces of known individuals in two lemur species (Eulemur fulvus and E. macaco) Animal Behaviour, 79 (5), 1157-1163

Genty E., Roeder J. J. (2011) Can Lemurs (Eulemur fulvus and E. macaco) use abstract representations of quantities to master the reverse-reward contingency task? Primates, 52 (3), 253-260.

Genty E., Chu Sin Chung P. and RoederJ.J. (2011) Testing brown lemurs(Eulemur fulvus) on the reverse-reward contingency task without a modified procedure. Behavioral Processes, 86 (1), 133-137

Genty E., Karpel H. and Silberberg A. Time Preferences in Monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) and Humans (Homo sapiens). Accepted in Animal Cognition

Genty E., Roeder J. J. (2006) Can lemurs learn to deceive? A study in the black lemur (Eulemur macaco). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes , 32, 196-200.


Emilie Genty


Emilie Genty

Université de Neuchâtel
Laboratoire de Cognition Comparée
Institut de Biologie
Rue Emile-Argand 11
CH-2000 Neuchâtel

room B23 (Bâtiment G)
Tel +41 32 718 31 15


Emilie Genty