PhD Student
Musicality and Bioacoustics

Email: bernhard.wagner(at)

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Academic Background

Bernhard Wagner got a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in biology with specialization in behavioural, neuro- and cognitive biology at the University of Vienna. His master’s thesis dealt with auditory perception in budgerigars as compared to other species. Continuing in this field of research he joined the musicality and bioacoustics research group at the ARI as a PhD candidate in 2019.

Current Research

Bernhard Wagner conducts cross-species research on how species differ regarding the perception, production and appreciation of sound.

Current research topics:

  • octave equivalence perception
  • consonance/dissonance preference
  • vocal mimicry



  • Wagner B.; Sturdy C. B.; Weisman R. G.; Hoeschele M. (2022) Pitch chroma information is processed in addition to pitch height information with more than two pitch range categories. Attention Perception and Psychophysics, Bd. 84, S. 1757-1771.
  • Wagner B.; Hoeschele M. (2021) The links between pitch, timbre, musicality and social bonding from cross-species research. Comparative and Cognition Behavior Reviews.
  • Wagner B.; Bowling D. L.; Hoeschele M. (2020) Is consonance attractive to budgerigars? No evidence from a place preference study. Animal Cognition, Bd. 23(5), S. 973-987.
  • Wagner B.; Mann D. C.; Afroozeh. S.; Staubmann G.; Hoeschele M. (2019) Octave equivalence perception is not linked to vocal mimicry: budgerigars fail standardized operant tests for octave equivalence. Behaviour, Bd. 156, S. 479–504.
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