John M. Tuff

John M. Tuff

Doctoral Candidate
Research interests: • avian cognitive neuroscience • action selection • executive functions • methods in comparative neuroscience


Academic education

since 2020  Doctoral candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig, Germany
                      Doctoral research performed at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
                      Supervisor: Onur Güntürkün
                      Lab rotations in the orientation phase: Katrin Amunts, Jan Born, and Onur Güntürkün

2017–2020 Master of Science in Psychology (specialising in cognitive neuroscience), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

2013–2017 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany



Purkart, L., Tuff, J. M., Shah, M., Kaufmann, L. V., Altringer, C., Maier, E., Schneeweiß, U., Tunckol, E., Eigen, L., Holtze, S., Fritsch, G., Hildebrandt, T. & Brecht, M. (2022). Trigeminal ganglion and sensory nerves suggest tactile specialization of elephants. Current Biology, 32(4), P904–910.

Rook, N., Tuff, J. M., Isparta, S., Masseck, O. A., Herlitze, S., Güntürkün, O., & Pusch, R. (2021). AAV1 is the optimal viral vector for optogenetic experiments in pigeons (Columba livia). Communications Biology, 4(1), 100.

Rook, N., Tuff, J. M., Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Beste, C. (2021). A hierarchical processing unit for multi-component behavior in the avian brain. iScience, 24(19), 103195.

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