Daniel Horschler

About Daniel Horschler

      I am a Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology working with Dr. Evan MacLean. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Anthropology, and I received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2018.

      Prior to joining the School of Anthropology, I worked in a number of diverse research roles, including projects examining human pain perception, metacognition, and memory at UNC, user experience (UX) at Lenovo, and canine and nonhuman primate cognition in Yale University’s Canine Cognition Center and with Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory in conjunction with the Caribbean Primate Research Center at the University of Puerto Rico.

       My research interests center on brain and cognitive evolution, particularly how selective pressures shape cognition and neuroanatomy differently within and across species as well as if and how humans evolved unique cognitive traits. I address these questions by integrating non-invasive cognitive, behavioral, and biological research in dogs, wolves, and free-ranging nonhuman primates.

       My research has been covered by national and international media outlets including Psychology Today, ScienceDaily, InsiderSky News, and talkRADIO London as well as by local media outlets including Arizona Public MediaUA NewsThe Daily WildcatCBS13 Tucson, ABC15 PhoenixKVOI Tucson RadioKJZZ Phoenix Radio, and StarTribune. I have also commented on related research in popular science articles from media outlets including National Geographic, Science Magazine, and The Washington Post.

       I am currently affiliated with the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, and have worked both as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior's Department of Neuroscience and as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Anthropology.

Selected Publications

Horschler, D.J. & MacLean, E.L. (2019). Leveraging brain-body scaling relationships for comparative studies. Animal Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-019-01316-8

Horschler, D.J., Santos, L.R., & MacLean, E.L. (2019). Do non-human primates really represent others' ignorance? A test of the awareness relations hypothesis. Cognition, 190, 72-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.04.012 

Horschler, D.J., Hare, B., Call, J., Kaminski, J., Miklósi, Á., & MacLean, E.L. (2019). Absolute brain size predicts dog breed differences in executive function. Animal Cognition, 22(2), 187-198. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-018-01234-1

Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Associate: Anthropology 170C2 - Animal Minds

Graduate Teaching Associate: Anthropology 327 - Dog Thought

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 321 - Research Methods in Cognitive Science

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Anthropology 170 - Human Variation in the Modern World

Areas of Study

Comparative cognition, cognitive evolution, social cognition, theory of mind, shared intentionality, executive function, brain evolution, domestication, intraspecific and interspecific variation in cognition and neuroanatomy

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Contact Information

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Teaching Associate
Office: Haury 313A3


M.A. - Anthropology - University of Arizona (2018)

B.S. - Psychology - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)