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Musikalität und Bioakustik
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Marisa Hoeschele got a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada in 2006. After that she completed an M.Sc. and PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Comparative Cognition and Behaviour at the University of Alberta, Canada in 2013. In 2013 she moved to Vienna as a post-doc and built the budgerigar laboratory at the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. In October 2018 she moved to the Acoustics Research Institute to build the “Musicality and Bioacoustics”  research group.

Derzeitige Forschung

Marisa Hoeschele conducts cross-species research on how humans compare to other species in their perception, production and appreciation of sound.


ISF Publikationen

  • Hoeschele M.; Wagner B.; Mann D.C. (2022) Lessons learned in animal acoustic cognition through comparisons with humans. Animal Cognition.
  • 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.
  • Bowling D. L.; Gahr J.; Graf Ancochea P.; Hoeschele M.; Canoine V.; Fusani L.; et al. (2022) Endogenous oxytocin, cortisol, and testosterone in response to group singing. Hormones and Behavior, Bd. 139.
  • Hoeschele M.; Fitch W.T. (2022) Cultural evolution: Conserved patterns of melodic evolution across musical cultures. Current Biology, Bd. 32/6, S. 265-267.
  • Wagner B.; Hoeschele M. (2022) The links between pitch, timbre, musicality and social bonding from cross-species research. Comparative and Cognition Behavior Reviews, Bd. 17, S. 13-32.
  • Mann D.; Fitch W. T.; Tu H.; Hoeschele M. (2021) Universal principles underlying segmental structures in parrot song and human speech. Scientific Reports, Bd. 11.
  • Filippi P.; Hoeschele M.; Spierings M.; Bowling D. L. (2020) Temporal modulation in speech, music and animal vocal communication: evidence of conserved function. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Bd. 1453(1), S. 99 - 113.
  • 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.
  • Bowling D.; Hoeschele M.; Dunn J. (2020) Progress without exclusion in the search for an evolutionary basis of music. Behavioural and Brain Sciences.
  • Mann D.; Hoeschele M (2020) Segmental units in non-human animal vocalization as a window into meaning, structure, and the evolution of language. Animal Behavior and Cognition - special issue on "Communication in Nonhumans", Bd. 7, S. 151-158.
  • Reber R.; Slipogor V.; Oh J.; Ravignani A.; Hoeschele M.; Bugnyar T.; et al. (2019) Common marmosets are sensitive to simple dependencies at variable distances in an artificial grammar. Evolution and Human Behaviour, Bd. 40(2), S. 214-221.
  • 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.
  • Hoeschele M. (2019) Novel methodology to assess vocal learning in nature. Animal Learning and Behavior, Bd. 48, S. 1-2.
  • Gutscher L.; Pucher M.; Lozo C.; Hoeschele M.; Mann D. (2019) Statistical parametric synthesis of budgerigar songs. SSW10 - The 10th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop. Vienna S. 127-131.

Weitere Publikationen

  • Oh, J., Hoeschele, M., Reber, S., Šlipogor, V., Bugnyar, T., & Fitch, W.T. (2018). A technological framework for running and analyzing animal head turning experiments. Behavior Research Methods, 50(3), 1154-1165.
  • Hoeschele, M., Merchant, H., Kikuchi, Y., Hattori, Y., & ten Cate, C. (2018). Searching for the origins of musicality across species. In H. Honing (Ed.), The Origins of Musicality pp.  149-170. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • McMillan, N., Avey, M.T., Bloomfield, L.M., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2017). Avian Vocal Perception: Bioacoustics and Perceptual Mechanisms. In C. ten Cate & S. Healy (Eds), Avian Cognition pp. 249-269. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bowling, D. L., Hoeschele, M., Gill, K. Z., Fitch, W. T. (2017). The nature and nurture of musical consonance. Music Perception, 35, 118-121.
  • Filippi, P., Congdon, J.V., Hoang, J., Bowling, D.L., Reber, S.A., Pašukonis, A., Hoeschele, M., Ocklenburg, S., de Boer, B., Sturdy, C.B., Newen, A., & Güntürkün, O. (2017). Humans recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates: Evidence for acoustic universals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1859), 20170990.
  • Hoeschele, M. (2017). Animal pitch perception: melodies and harmonies. Comparative Cognition and Behaviour Reviews, 12, 5-18.
  • Hoeschele, M. (2017). Preface to the special issue on animal music perception. Comparative Cognition and Behaviour Reviews, 12, 1-4.
  • Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Otter, K.A., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2017). Discrimination of male black-capped chickadee songs: Relationship between acoustic preference and performance accuracy. Animal Behaviour, 126, 107-121.
  • Toro, J.M., & Hoeschele, M. (2017). Generalizing prosodic patterns by a non-vocal learning mammal. Animal Cognition, 20(2), 179-185.
  • Hoeschele, M., & Bowling, D.L. (2016). Sex differences in rhythmic preferences in the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus): A comparative study with humans. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1543.
  • Hoeschele, M., & Fitch, W.T. (2016). Phonological perception by birds: Budgerigars can perceive lexical stress. Animal Cognition, 19(3), 643-654.
  • Hahn, A.H., Hoeschele, M., Guillette, L.M., Hoang, J., McMillan, N., Congdon, J.V., Campbell, K.A., Mennill, D.J., Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2016). Black-capped chickadees categorize songs based on features that vary geographically. Animal Behaviour, 112, 93-104.
  • Hoeschele, M., Merchant, H., Kikuchi, Y., Hattori, Y., & ten Cate, C. (2015). Searching for the origins of musicality across species. Philosophical Transactions B, 370(1664), 20140094.
  • Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., Hoeschele, M., Pryzslupski, A-M, & Sturdy, C.B. (2015). Individual differences in learning speed, performance accuracy and exploratory behaviour in black-capped chickadees. Animal Cognition, 18(1), 165-178.
  • Hoeschele, M., & Fitch, W. T. (2014). Comparative method for determining lexical stress in nonsense words. The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference, 451-452.
  • Hoeschele, M., Cook, R.G., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (2014). Timbre influences chord discrimination in black-capped chickadees but not humans. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 128, 387-401.
  • Avey, M.T., Bloomfield, L.L., Elie, J.E., Freeberg, T.M., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Lee, H., Moscicki, M.K., Owens, J.L. & Sturdy, C.B. (2014). ZENK Activation in the Nidopallium of Black-capped Chickadees in Response to Both Conspecific and Heterospecific calls. PLoS One, 9(6): e100927.
  • Weisman, R.G., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2014). A Comparative Analysis of Auditory Perception in Humans and Songbirds: a Modular Approach. Behavioural Processes, SQAB special issue, 104, 35-43.
  • Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Mennill, D.J., Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Dominance and geographic information contained within black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) song. Behaviour, 150(13), 1601-1622.
  • Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Cook, R.G., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Categories, concepts, and calls: Auditory perceptual mechanisms and cognitive abilities across different types of birds. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19, 010042.
  • Hoeschele, M.,Weisman, R.G., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Chickadees fail standardized operant tests for octave equivalence. Animal Cognition, 16, 599-609.
  • Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Heterospecific discrimination of Poecile vocalization by zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Journal of Comparative Psychology,127, 227-236.
  • Weisman, R.G., Mewhort, D.J.K., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). New perspectives on absolute pitch in birds and mammals. In E.A. Wasserman & T.R. Zentall (Eds), Handbook of Comparative Cognition pp. 67-82. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Hoeschele, M., Weisman, R.G., & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Pitch chroma discrimination, generalization and transfer tests of octave equivalence in humans. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74(8), 1742-1760.
  • Weisman, R.G., Balkwill, L-L. Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Identifying Absolute Pitch Possessors Without Using A Note-Naming Task. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 22(1), 46-54.
  • Hoeschele, M. Cook, R.G., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Auditory same/different concept learning and generalization in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). PLoS One, 7(10), e47691.
  • Proppe, D.S., Avey, M.T., Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Farrell, T., Cassady St. Clair, C., Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Black-capped chickadees sing at higher pitches with elevated anthropogenic noise, but not with decreasing canopy cover. Journal of Avian Biology, 43, 325-332.
  • Hoeschele, M., Guillette, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Biological relevance of acoustic signal affects discrimination performance in a songbird. Animal Cognition, 15(4), 677-688.
  • Hoeschele, M., Cook, R.G., Guillette, L.M., Brooks, D.I. & Sturdy, C.B. (2012). Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) and human (Homo sapiens) chord discrimination. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 126(1), 57-67.
  • Avey, M.T., Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Bloomfield, L.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (2011). Neural correlates of threat perception: Neural equivalence of conspecific and heterospecific mobbing calls is learned. PLoS ONE 6(8), e23844.
  • Moscicki, M.K., Hoeschele, M., Bloomfield, L.L., Modanu, M., Charrier, I., & Sturdy, C. B. (2011). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: the chick-a-dee call of the boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 129(5), 3327-3340.
  • Guillette, L.M., Reddon, A.R., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2011). Sometimes slower is better: Slow-exploring birds are more sensitive to changes in a vocal discrimination task. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 278, 767-773.
  • Moscicki, M.K., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Note types and coding in parid vocalizations: the chick-a-dee call of the Mexican chickadee Poecile sclateri. Acta Ornithologica 45(2), 147-160.
  • Guillette, L.M., Farrell, T.M., Hoeschele, M. &Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Acoustic mechanisms of a species-based discrimination of the chick-a-dee call in sympatric black-capped (Poecile atricapillus) and mountain chickadees (P. gambeli). Frontiers in Psychology 1(229), 1-10.
  • Weisman, R.G., Hoeschele, M., Bloomfield, L.L., Mewhort, D., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Using Network Models of Absolute Pitch to Compare Frequency-Range Discriminations across Avian Species. Behavioural Processes, 84, 421-427.
  • Weisman, R.G., Balkwill, L.L., Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Bloomfield, L.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Absolute Pitch in Boreal Chickadees and Humans: Exceptions that Test a Phylogenetic Rule. Learning and Motivation 41(3), 156-173. (Memorial Issue for Stewart Hulse).
  • Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Otter, K.A., van Oort, H., Fort, K.T., Farrell, T.M., Lee, H., Robson, S.W.J., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Dominance Signalled in an Acoustic Ornament. Animal Behaviour 79, 657-664.
  • Guillette, L.M., Farrell, T.M., Hoeschele, M., Nickerson, C.M. Dawson, M.R.W., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Mechanisms of call note type perception: Peak shift in a note type continuum. Journal of Comparative Psychology 124(1), 109-115.
  • Hoeschele, M., Gammon, D., Moscicki, M.K., & Sturdy, C.B. (2009). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations. The Chick-a-dee call of the Chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufuscens). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 126(4), 2088-2099.
  • Zhou, Y., Leri, F., Cummins, E., Hoeschele, M., & Kreek, M.J. (2008). Involvement of arginine vasopressin and V1b receptor in heroin withdrawal and heroin seeking precipitated by stress and by heroin. Neuropsychopharmacology33(2), 226-236.