Guillermo Hidalgo Gadea

Guillermo Hidalgo Gadea

PhD Student in Psychology

Ruhr-University Bochum


I am a doctoral researcher in comparative cognition and computational neuroethology, currently studying pigeon behavior at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Bochum, Germany.

During my Master’s degree in Psychological Research Methods I worked on numerical cognition in Chimpanzees, Lemurs, and Humans. My Bachelor’s degree focused on signal processing and machine learning models for sleep detection in fatigued car drivers.

Beyond my academic research, I work as an independent Statistical Consultant and Research Software Engineer in academic and industrial projects.

  • Embodied Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroethology
  • Machine Learning
  • PhD in Psychology, since 2020

    Ruhr-University Bochum

  • MSc in Psychological Research Methods, 2019

    University of Stirling

  • BSc in Psychology, 2017

    University of Wuppertal

  • Abitur German/Spanish, 2011

    Deutsche Schule Barcelona

Curriculum Vitae

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Team and Project ManagementStatistical AnalysisEnglish (professional)
Online and Offline TeachingExperimental DesignGerman (native)
Student SupervisionWeb DevelopmentSpanish (native)
Science CommunicationPython, R, C++, MATLABCatalan (native)


06/2020 - presentPh.D. in Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Onur Güntürkün
09/2018 - 11/2019M.Sc. in Psychological Research Methods, Stirling University, Scotland
Thesis: “Human and Non-Human Primates undergo Similar Interferences
in Quantity Representation during Spontaneous Food Choices”
10/2013 - 09/2017B.Sc. in Psychology, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Thesis: “Fatigue Detection based on Multimodal Biosignal Processing”
10/2011 - 09/2013B.Sc. in Physics, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
Minoring in Philosophy and Chemistry
09/2009 - 05/2011Abitur, Deutsche Schule Barcelona, Spain
Majoring in Physics, Mathematics and German Language


05/2022Safety Officer in University Laboratories
Advanced Seminar from the Accident Insurance NRW
04/2022Introduction to Leadership Skills
Seminar from the University Bochum Research School
10/2021Communicating Science Online
Seminar from the German National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik)
07/2021Computational Neuroscience
Neuromatch Academy
03/2021EU Function A Training
Certificate from the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA)
01/2021Rat Tickling Certification
MOOC from Purdue University
01/2021Deep Learning in Python
MOOC from Udemy
07/2020Python for Research
MOOC from HarvardX
05/2020Machine Learning in Matlab
MOOC from Stanford online
04/2020Fundamentals in Neuroscience
MOOC from HarvardX
04/2020Probability and Statistics
MOOC from University of London
04/2020Philosophy of Cognitive Science
MOOC from University of Edinburgh
07/2016Fitness Instructor B Certification
German Fitness & Aerobic Association

Research Experience

09/2019 - 01/2020Postgraduate Research Placement
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn, Germany
Biostatistical analysis of cichlid fish behavior and ecology
11/2018 - 06/2019Postgraduate Research Placement
Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Scotland
Research in cumulative culture in macaques, ERC-2014-CoG RATCHETCOG
09/2014 - 11/2015Research Assistant
Schumpeter School of Business & Economics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Experimental Industrial and Organizational Psychology
04/2011 - 05/2011Student Work Placement
ALBA Synchrotron Light Facility, Barcelona Spain
Electron accelerator sensors and ionized plasma chambers

Professional Experience

06/2020 - presentResearch Assistant
Philosophy of the Mind, Faculty of Philosophy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
DFG funded Research Training Group GRK 2185 Situated Cognition
01/2019 - presentIndependent Scientific and Statistical Consultant
Research methodology, study design and statistical analysis
Coaching for Businesses, Bachelor, Master and PhD dissertations
01/2017 - 05/2018Project Manager
Institute of Experimental Psychophysiology GmbH
Team management in public and industry funded research projects
07/2015 - 12/2016Research Assistant
Institute of Experimental Psychophysiology GmbH
Computational models for microsleep and discomfort detection
09/2015 - 07/2018Fitness Instructor - DFAV certified
07/2014 - 06/2015Student Assistant
Faculty of Psychology, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Department of Methodology and Psychological Diagnostics

Academic Achievements

Awards, Grants and Memberships

09/2022Contribution to the DFG Evaluation of the CRC 1372 Grant Period
01/2022 - presentMember of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
01/2021Contribution to the DFG Evaluation of the RTG 2185 Grant Period
01/2020 – presentMember of the Cognitive Science Society (CSS)
12/2019External funding from Kyoto University for Conference Contribution
06/2019Best Academic Poster Award from the Behaviour and Evolution Research Group, University of Stirling
01/2019 – 12/2020Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
05/2011 - 12/2013Scholarship for Scientific Education Abroad from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Invited Talks and Appearances

08/2022Keynote Chairmanship at the second Avian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference
Ruhr University Bochum
07/2022Speaker at the Research Colloquium of the Neural Basis Of Learning Unit of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Ruhr University Bochum
05/2022Speaker at the Scientific Retreat of the Department of Biopsychology
Hamburg Medical School
06/2020Speaker at the Research Colloquium of the Department of Biopsychology
Ruhr University Bochum
12/2019Speaker at the Research Colloquium of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
University of Bonn

Ad hoc Reviewer

08/2022Scientific Reports
2-year impact factor (2021): 4.996

Teaching and Research Supervision

2022B.Sc. Thesis Sarah M. Möser
2022B.Sc. Thesis Victor Ludwig
10/2021 - 03/2022Undergraduate Seminar Computational Ethology (5 credits, seminar id: 112726)
10/2021 - 03/2022Postgraduate Seminar Tracking Animal Behavior (3 credits, seminar id: 118924)

Science Communication and Open Science

I host the personal blog Open Lab Notebook, to share new academic research methodologies and studies in the making. I actively maintain a scientific network on Twitter as @G_HidalgoGadea and I share Open Courseware and Open Shareware of ongoing and past seminars and paper methods. I also host tutorials for deep learning based behavior tracking at and I regularly contribute to scientific conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

- Teaching Website
- Seminar Computational Ethology
- Seminar Tracking Animal Behavior
- Open Source Website
- GitHub: VideoPyToolbox
- GitLab: syncFLIR
- Website
- Repository
- PsyArXiv

Conference Contributions

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Rook, N., Ludwig, V., Li, M., Inda, M., Tuff, J.M., Otto, T., Pusch, R., Güntürkün, O. (2022*). 3D Tracking of freely moving pigeons reveals behavioral differences during space and color discrimination tasks. Poster presented at the 51st annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G. (2019). Cognitive Magnitude Interferences in Spontaneous Food Choices. Talk at the International Student Symposion for the Study of Animal Behavior and Cognition, Kyoto University.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G., & Martin-Ordas, G. (2019). Spontaneous Numerical Cognition in human and non-human Primates. Talk at the Primate Society of Great Britain Spring Meeting.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G. (2019). Human and Chimpanzee Strategies in Spontaneous Quantitative Cognition. Talk at the Scottish Primate Research Group Spring Meeting.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Kreuder, A., Stahlschmidt, C., Schnieder, S., & Krajewski, J. (2019). Brute Force ECG Feature Extraction Applied on Discomfort Detection. Talk at the 6th International Conference on Information Technologies in Biomedicine, Poland.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Schnieder, S., Roelen, S., Wiggerich, A. & Krajewski, J. (2016). Erfassung körperlicher Aktivität in der Selbstevaluation gesundheitsbezogenen Verhaltens: Validität und Usability von Wearables. Talk at the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, University of Heidelberg.

  • Schnieder, Hidalgo-Gadea, G., S., Roelen, S., Wiggerich, A. & Krajewski, J. (2015). Validität und Usability von Wearables zur Erfassung körperlicher Aktivität in der Selbstevaluation gesundheitsbezogenen Verhaltens. Talk at the 11th Berlin Workshop on Human-Machine Systems of the Institute of Psychology and Ergonomics (IPA), Track: Trends in Neuroergonomics, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.


  • Ocklenburg, S., Packheiser, J., & Hidalgo-Gadea, G. (2022). Social touch in the age of computational ethology: Embracing as a multidimensional and complex behaviour. Current Psychology, 1-10.

  • Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Kreuder, A., Krajewski, J., & Vorstius, C. (2021). Towards better microsleep predictions in fatigued drivers: exploring benefits of personality traits and IQ. Ergonomics, 64 (6), 778-792.

  • Jansen, M. T., Jansen, N. C., Weber, A., Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Ansari, E., & Scheren, P. (2017). Semantic Priming with Homonymous Nouns: Hints of Clarifying the Issue of Selective vs. Non-Selective Priming. Journal of European Psychology Students, 8(1), 15–29.

  • Schuller, B., Steidl, S., Batliner, A., Bergelson, E., Krajewski, J., Janott, C., Amatuni, A., Casillas, M., Seidl, A., Soderstrom, M., Warlaumont, A. S., Hidalgo-Gadea, G., Schnieder, … Zafeiriou, S. (2017). The INTERSPEECH 2017 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: Addressee, Cold & Snoring. Interspeech 2017, 3442–3446.

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