CV – Márta Gácsi, PhD

Place & date of birth: Budapest, Hungary – 21. 08. 1963
Nationality: Hungarian
Education: economist (MKKE)
Contact:  +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8795,

1997-2000                 Eötvös Loránd University, Doctoral programme
1981-1987                   MK University of Economics

Languages skills: English, Russian, German

Degree: PhD (2003), Title of dissertation: Ethological study of dogs’ attachment behaviour towards their owner

Professional experience and positions:
2012 –                               senior research fellow, Research MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group
2005-2012                     senior research fellow, ELTE Department of Ethology
1995-2005                      Research fellow, MTA Comparative Ethology Research Group

Teaching experience:
Human-animal interactions, since 2010
Evolution of Canids, since 2004
Cognitive ethology, since 2002
Evolution of communication, since 2002
Assistance dogs (SZIE) 2011-2012
Animal therapy (ELTE Bárczy) 2010-2011
Ethology practical 2003-2010

1995                                Hungarian Ethological Society (member)
1995                                Dogs for Humans Health – Social – Scientific Charity (member of advisory board)

Professional awards and recognition:
2006                              As supervisor: 2006 – National Scientific Student Conference 1. prize – Kara Edina
2001                              Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award – best paper in 2001 (by the American Psychological Association)

5 most significant publications (within 5 years):
Andics, A., Gácsi, M., Faragó, T., Kis, A., Miklósi, Á. 2014. Voice-sensitive regions in the dog and human brain are revealed by comparative fMRI. Current Biology, 24: 574-578.

Gácsi, M., Vas, J., Topál, J., Miklósi, Á. 2013. Wolves do not join the dance: Sophisticated aggression control by adjusting to human social signals in dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 145: 109-122.

Miklósi, Á., Gácsi, M. 2012. On the utilization of social animals as a model for social robotics.Frontiers in Psychology, 3: 75. 

Gácsi, M., Szakadát, S., Miklósi, Á. 2013. Assistance dogs provide a useful behavioral model to enrich communicative skills of assistance robots. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 971.

Gácsi, M., Maros, K., Sernkvist, S., Faragó, T., Miklósi, Á. 2013. Human analogue safe haven effect of the owner: behavioural and heart rate response to stressful social stimuli in dogs. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e58475.