Péter Pongrácz is an associate professor at the Department of Ethology (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary). In 1994 he earned his master’s degree and in 2000 his PhD in biological sciences. He was awarded twice (in 2006 and 2010) with the Bolyai János scholarship by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2015 he earned the ‘habilitated lecturer’ title of the Eötvös Loránd University. In the same year he received the ‘Innovative Researcher of the University’ award. Along the years, his research topics ranged from the ontogeny and evolution of predator and conspecific recognition of Paradise fish and rabbits, and since 2000 he works in a research group dedicated to the comparative investigation of the socio-cognitive capacity of companion dogs (the so-called ‘Family Dog Project’). His current research interest involves the acoustic communication between dogs and humans; various approaches to social learning; the modular approach to self-representation in dogs; comparative dog and cat cognition; applied ethological research on separation-related problems in dogs. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed papers and several book chapters.
Department of Ethology
Eötvös Loránd University