Ph.D. (University of Queensland, 2006)
B.A. Hons. I (University of Queensland, 2001)
Orangutans inspire major psychology project. UQ News (2011).
King of the swingers has no use for mirrors. New Scientist (2009).
Dogs cheated on famous intelligence test. Physorg (2006).
Chimps know when they're being imitated. ABC Science (2004).
Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2009. Australian Government.
Australian Psychological Society Excellent PhD Thesis Award, 2006. Australian Psychological Society.
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship, 2006. Queensland Government and Smithsonian Institute, USA.
Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award, 2005. American Psychological Association.
Faculty Award for Tutors, 2003: Award for teaching excellence. Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland.
McElwain Prize for Best Individual Research Thesis in Honours Psychology, 2001: University of Queensland.
I am interested in developmental, comparative and evolutionary aspects of cognition. In our comparative lab group we are investigating the performance of children and primates on non-invasive behavioural tasks such as invisible displacement, imitation recognition, mirror self-recognition, planning, and means-ends reasoning. We conduct studies with chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, gibbons, and spider monkeys at various zoos in Australia, the USA and Indonesia. Young children are tested here in the Early Cognitive Development Centre in the School of Psychology.
For information on great apes in the wild see GRASP
Collier-Baker, E. (in press). Learning: The Role of Experience. In Passer & Smith, Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. McGraw-Hill.
Hill, A., Collier-Baker, E., & Suddendorf, T. (in press). Inferential reasoning by exclusion in children (Homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Hill, A., Collier-Baker, E., & Suddendorf, T. (2011). Inferential Reasoning by Exclusion in Great Apes, Lesser Apes, and Spider Monkeys. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125(1), 91–103.
Dong, A., Collier-Baker, E., & Suddendorf, T. (2010). Animal innovation: a window into design thinking. In K. Dorst, S. Stewart, I. Staudinger, B. Paton & A. Dong (Eds.), Design Thinking Research Symposium 8 (pp. 121-130). Sydney: DAB Documents.
Suddendorf, T., & Collier-Baker, E. (2009). The evolution of primate visual self-recognition: evidence of absence in lesser apes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1662), 1671-1677.
Suddendorf, T., Corballis, M. C., & Collier-Baker, E. (2009). How great is great ape foresight? Animal Cognition, 12(5), 751-754.
Collier-Baker, E., & Suddendorf, T. (2006). Do chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and two-year-old children (Homo sapiens) understand double invisible displacement? Journal of Comparative Psychology, 120(2), 89-97.
Collier-Baker, E., Davis, J.M., Nielsen, M., & Suddendorf, T. (2005). Do chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) understand single invisible displacement? Animal Cognition, 9(1), 55-61.
Nielsen, M., Collier-Baker, E., Davis, J. M., & Suddendorf, T. (2005). Imitation recognition in a captive chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Animal Cognition, 8, 31-36.
Collier-Baker, E., Davis, J.M, & Suddendorf, T. (2004). Do dogs (Canis familiaris) understand invisible displacement? Journal of Comparative Psychology, 118(4), 421–433.
Collier-Baker, E., & Davis, J.M. (2003). Pretending and Imagination in Children and Animals. Anthrozöos, 15(4), 372-378. Edited by R. W. Mitchell. Cambridge University.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.