Onur Güntürkün is a biopsychologist at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and questions such as "Why do humans and other animals have asymmetrically organized brains?", "Can radically differently structured nervous systems produce the same thought processes?" or "Why is remembering the true forgetting?" keep him awake at night.
He has spent many years at various universities and scientific institutions on five continents. While he prefers to study pigeons and humans, he also studies (in descending order of number of publications) dolphins, corvids, and crocodiles. He would describe himself as a cognitive and comparative neuroscientist, working with research approaches that range from simple fieldwork in airports and mountain villages to single-cell recordings and optogenetics, to imaging the brain at ultra-high magnetic fields.
What excites him about the ELH is the ability to combine functional questions of human thought with detailed anatomical analysis.