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Diana Reiss




  • Dr. Reiss is a professor at Hunter College.
  • She was the scientific advisor for The Cove
  • Ph.D. in [developmental] psychology, Temple University 

Description of research:

Dr. Reiss conducts groundbreaking research in animal communication, cognition, and welfare. She is known for her studies regarding dolphin and elephant mirror self-recognition, and has begun working on ways to apply this research to autism assessment and intervention. Her work has been widely published in international scientific journals and in popular media outlets.


Plotnik, J. M., de Waal, F. B. M., & Reiss, D. (2006). Self-recognition in an Asian elephant, PNAS,103,17053-17057.

McCowan, B. & Reiss, D. (2001). The fallacy of ‘signature whistles’ in bottlenose dolphins: a comparative perspective of ‘signature information’ in animal vocalizations. Animal Behavior, 62, 1151-1162.

Reiss, D. & Marino, L. (2001). Mirror self-recognition in the bottlenose dolphin: A case of cognitive convergence. PNAS, 98, 5937-3942