MTA”Lendület” Research Group

Group leader

Andics_Attila_bAttila Andics, PhD
I am interested in voice processing, and in social and affective aspects of learning and perception in general, and in the neural processes behind them. Using comparative brain imaging (fMRI) and behavioural methods with dogs and humans, I investigate the species-specificity of how we perceive individuals, how we learn about others, and how we process language, from an evolutionary perspective. Curriculum vitae.

Phone no: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8898 E-mail:

Postdoctoral research fellows

Laura Verónica Cuaya RetanaLaura Verónica Cuaya, PhD
I want to contribute to the understanding of how the dogs’ brain represent their social world. Now, we have the unique opportunity to combine a wonderful technology with an ethical approach to ask fundamental questions about the dog brain. I believe that the comparative neuroscience will allow us to be aware of the many roads of the cerebral mechanisms of cognition.


Gerencsér Linda_nagyLinda Gerencsér, PhD, DVM
My research topic is about the comparative investigation of the interspecific communicational abilities of miniature family pigs and dogs, as well as indiviual differences in dogs’ reward responsiveness.
 Curriculum vitae.
Phone no: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext: 8788 E-mail:



Raul HernandezRaúl Hernández Pérez, PhD
I would like to develop analysis techniques and approaches to further improve the study of cognition and the cerebral computations through which the dog interprets the world and their social environment. I think that the comparative neuroscience is a tool that will give us an integral picture of how the cerebral networks that support the cognition emerged across the evolution.


Lilla Magyari, PhD
I am interested in neurocognitive mechanisms underlying human language abilities, conversational turn-taking and joint actions. In the research group, Ie study language comprehension from a comparative perspective, applying the fully non-invasive method of electroencephalography (EEG) in experiments with dogs and minipigs. Curriculum vitae

Predctoral researchers

Marianna Boros
As a neuroscientist I study animal communication with the use of neuroimaging methods, most specifically functional magnetic resonance imaging. Recently I focus on statistical learning during language acquisition in dogs, and I ask whether human-like language processing can be found in dogs. Curriculum vitae.


Anna Gábor
During the past few years as a PhD student, I studied social reward (verbal praise) processing in dogs from several different aspects. We investigated lexical (praising) meaning processing through two awake dog fMRI studies, later we also searched for possible individual differences in the reward response related to dogs’ impulsivity scores and their attachment towards their owner. My main interest focuses on interspecific social interactions and their neural underpinnings. Curriculum vitae.
Phone no: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext: 8655 E-mail:

PhD students

Paula Pérez Fraga, DVM
Previously I worked in general veterinary practice for small animals and in behavior medicine field, helping owners with animals with behavior problems. My PhD research topic is the interspecific socio-communicative abilities of the family pig and family dog from a comparative ethological perspective. I am interested in the emergence of communication towards humans in family pigs and in which sense this is similar to the one in family dogs. I am also interested in behavior problems of dogs such as separation related disorder.

MSc Students

Adél Könczöl
I graduated from the Faculty of Biology at ELTE, currently, I am a student of the Master of Science (MSc) in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience at BME. In the research group, I assist in the collection and processing of dog and miniature pig EEG data. Curriculum vitae.


Dávid Török
Biologist, MSc student. The topic of my master’s thesis is the neural processes of statistical language learning in dogs. To study this, I conduct experiments using fully non-invasive EEG (electroencephalogram) methodology with dogs. Besides running experiments, I also do data-analysis and keep contact with the owners.


Andrea Turzó
I am currently a student of BME TTK Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience MA. Earlier, I went to ELTE TTK Biology BA and I defended my thesis at the Department of Ethology. I have been a member of the Lendület Research Group since 2017. As a biology student, I was already interested in dogs and neuroimaging, and at the Department of Ethology I got the opportunity to combine the two.


Animal trainer

Shany Dror
In the Lendület group I train animals for research purposes, including pigs for experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging and for tasks involving word recognition.