Sonja Koski
  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki



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Description of research and teaching

My research operates in the crossroads of evolutionary anthropology, anthrozoology, comparative psychology, behavioural biology, and welfare science. My most recent research has concerned cooperation, empathy, and the influence of personality on social interactions in primates and horses. In the horse interaction project I study horses' social personality characteristics and their influence on human interactions. Simultaneously I study people's experiences in the equestrian context. The project is seated in a broader framework of inter-species compassion, and contributes to both fundamental equestarian science and welfare applications. My second main project focuses on visualising animal emotions in both methodological and representational sense. We study e.g. comprehension of animal emotions, zoo animal welfare and representations thereof, and how to improve the technology of animal emotion science.

Prior to joining the HU, I have worked at Leiden, Utrecht, Cambridge, and Zurich universities. In my past research I have investigated primate cognition, the evolution and mechanisms of social relationships, conflict management, and communication.

The updated list of my publications can be found at: --> sonja koski

Education information

PhD University of Utrecht 2007
MSc Helsingin yliopisto 2000

Education information

2016 Title of Docent in Biological Anthropology

External positions

vieraileva tutkija, Turun yliopisto

1 Feb 2020 → …

Fields of Science

  • 119 Other natural sciences
  • biological anthropology
  • comparative psychology
  • primatology
  • behavioural biology
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • 5141 Sociology
  • 5200 Other social sciences

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.