CV – Attila Andics, PhD

PERSONAL INFORMATION

ORCID ID:                  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5913-6100
Date of birth:             6 December 1980
Nationality:                Hungarian

I obtained master’s degrees in cognitive neuroscience (Radboud University Nijmegen), psychology, mathematics and teaching (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), and a PhD in psycholinguistics and functional brain imaging based on work in the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I joined the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 2012. I have been working with auditory neuroimaging for sixteen years, examining the neural mechanisms of voice and speech processing in humans and more recently dogs and pigs. I have played a central role in the developments of comparative dog-human fMRI, designed brain imaging protocols and nonstandard fMRI data analyses for dogs, and published first-authored work among others in Science, Current Biology, Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews and NeuroImage. My discoveries were selected among the 10 most important scientific news of 2014 by fellow scientists, according to Guardian, and were among the 10 most viewed research news of 2016, according to EurekAlert. In 2017 I was awarded the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious 5-year ‘Lendület’ grant to establish my own research group (now >15 members) on comparative mammalian social neuroscience to study word learning abilities and their precursors in multiple species.

EDUCATION

2013   PhD. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands; supervisors: James McQueen, Anne Cutler
2006   MSc in Mathematics teaching, MA in Psychology, MA in Psychology teaching. Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary
2005   MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

CURRENT POSITION

2017 –   Principal Investigator, MTA-ELTE ‘Lendület’ Neuroethology of Communication Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (hosted by Department of Ethology, ELTE), Budapest, Hungary

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2015 – 2017     Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
2012 – 2015     Research fellow, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group, Budapest
2009 – 2011     Assistant research fellow, MR Research Centre, Semmelweis University, Budapest
2005 – 2008     PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2018                Outstanding Impact Publication Award, Semmelweis University, Budapest
2017 – 2022     Lendület (‘Momentum’) Programme of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (5 years)
2017 – 2019     Outstanding Impact Fellowship (2 years) of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest
2015 – 2018     Bolyai János Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (3 years)
2015 – 2018     Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 years) of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest
2015                Youth Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2013 – 2015     Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2 years)
2013                International Conference Fellowship for Young Researchers
2005 – 2008     Doctoral Fellowship of the Max Planck Gesellschaft (3 years)
2003 – 2004     Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic (1 year)
1999                National student competition in Latin language, 5th place
1999                National student competition in Psychology, 1th place

 SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

2013 –   Supervision of 6 postdoctoral fellows (leading to 5 individual PD fellowships), 4 PhD students (in progress, one defends in 2019, ELTE), 5 MSc and 5 BSc students (completed, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University; Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics; University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest; Faculty of Engineering Technology, KU Leuven; Sorbonne University Paris), 5 national scientific student competition projects (two prize-winning).

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

2015 –      Integrative Methods in Ethology course (ELTE)
2014 –      fMRI Methods course (ELTE; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
2014 –   Dissemination of scientific results: presentation trainings and video abstract editing trainings (multiple international research centres)
2013 –      Education methods’ training for educators (Pestalozzi Programme, Council of Europe)

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2016   Chair of organizing committee, VIII. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science: Comparative Cognition, from Ethology to Cognitive Science, 2016

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2017 –           PI and group leader of the Neuroethology of Communication Lab at the Department of Ethology (ELTE), Budapest
2012 – 2016   Group leader of the Dog fMRI task force at the Department of Ethology (ELTE), Budapest

REVIEWING ACTIVITIES

2015 –   Review Board, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest
2014 –   Scientific Evaluation, Doctoral Programme, Department of Ethology (ELTE), Budapest
2010 –   Review Editor, Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

I have been reviewing manuscripts for Science, Science Advances, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Learning and Behavior, PLoS ONE, iScience.

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

Cognitive Neuroscience Society, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Organisation for Human Brain Mapping, Magyar Pszichológiai Társaság, Magyar Etológiai Társaság, Magyar Idegtudományi Társaság (the Hungarian associations of psychologists, ethologists, neuroscientists).

TALKS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES & SEMINARS (selection)

2019    Invited plenary talk, Peking University Autism Forum, Beijing
2019    Invited seminar talk, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
2018    Invited talk, Neuronus conference, Kraków
2017    Invited plenary talk, MMCE conference, Budapest
2017    Invited plenary talk, MNRT conference, Visegrád
2017    Invited seminar talk, Messerli Research Institute, Wien
2017    Selected speaker, Behaviour conference, Estoril
2016    Selected plenary speaker, Canine Science Forum, Padova
2014    Invited seminar talk, Voice Neurocognition Laboratory, Glasgow
2008    Invited seminar talk, MARCS Institute, Sydney
2008    Selected plenary speaker, LabPhon conference, Wellington
2007    Selected speaker, ICPhS, Saarbrücken

MEDIA COVERAGE OF WORK

My recent discoveries using awake dog fMRI received outstanding media attention and beyond the extensive press coverage these are also featured in several documentaries at world-class channels (e.g. BBC, NHK, ZDF/ARTE, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet).

CURRENT GRANTS

Project Title:Comparative mammalian brain imaging: a neuroethological approach to the emergence of lexical representations.
Funding source: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Lendület Programme LP2017-13/2017
Period: 2017-2022
Role: PI

Project Title: Neural correlates of emotion processing in dogs and humans: a comparative approach.
Funding source:National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
Period:2016-2019
Role: researcher

Project Title: Comparative auditory fMRI studies in minipigs: introduction of a new model species to cognitive neuroethology.
Funding source: NKFIH KH125527
Period: 2017-2019
Role: PI

PAST GRANTS (within the last 5 years)

Project Title:Comparative investigation of the social-cognitive mechanisms in dogs and humans: an innovative methodological approach.
Funding source: KFIH KH112138
Period: 2015-2018
Role: researcher

Project Title:Perceiving social vocalizations: comparative brain imaging with dogs and humans.
Funding source: Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Bolyai grant)
Period:2015-2018
Role: PI

Project Title:Comparative neuroimaging investigations of vocal social perception in dogs and humans.
Funding source: NKFIH PD116181
Period: 2015-2017
Role: PI

Five most important publications

Andics A, Gábor A, Gácsi M, Faragó T, Szabó D, Miklósi Á (2016) Neural mechanisms for lexical processing in dogs. Science, 353: 1030-1032. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf3777 [pdf] [link]

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. [pdf] [link]

Andics A, Miklósi Á (2018) Neural processes of vocal social perception: Dog-human comparative fMRI studies, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 85: 54-64. [pdf] [link]

Andics A, McQueen JM, Petersson KM, Gál V, Rudas G, Vidnyánszky Z (2010) Neural mechanisms for voice recognition. NeuroImage, 52: 1528-1540. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.05.048 [pdf] [link]

Gerencsér L, Pérez Fraga P, Lovas M, Újváry D, Andics A (2019) Comparing interspecific socio-communicative skills of socialized juvenile dogs and miniature pigs. Animal Cognition 22: 917, doi:10.1007/s10071-019-01284-z [pdf] [link]