Nicolas G. Wiggenhauser
Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences
Nicolas G. Wiggenhauser is a biological anthropologist studying the evolution of intelligence in animals to understand why and how humans are so cognitively specialized. In particular, he focuses on the evolution of the brain areas and connectivity patterns that encode higher-order cognition, learning, decision-making, and habit formation. He passionately combine his research with his work as a Teaching Assistant of Human Anatomy, Graduate Assistant at the Office of Global Affairs, freelance graphic designer (he created the company Kaizen Scientific Design), and science communicator (training at the Alda Center for Communicating Science). In his free time, he enjoys working out, learning German, writing his blog, as well as fiction and poetry, playing the guitar, and singing.