Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Gema Martin-Ordas

Marie Curie Fellow



Ph.D. in Psychology, Complutense University, Spain, 2007. 

M.Sc. in Psychology, Complutense University and University of Oviedo, Spain, 2003.

B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Oviedo, Spain, 2002.

Previous positions

Visiting researcher, Lund University, Sweden, 2013-2014 (March)

Research Fellow, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2012-2013

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa, School of Social Sciences, Canada, 2010-2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany, 2007-2010


Generally I am interested in comparative cognition and the evolution of cognitive processes. I study different aspects of physical cognition that can inform us about the cognitive processes that human and non-human animals use to solve problems. I am particularly interested in the evolution of episodic memory and future-oriented cognition, which are often considered uniquely human. 


Martin-Ordas G & Smulders T.V. (2015) A commentary on “Merging of Long-Term Memories in an Insect”. Front. Psychol. 6:826. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00826

Jacobs, I.F., von Bayern, A., Martin-Ordas, G., Rat-Fischer, L. & Osvath, M (2015). Corvids create novel causal interventions after all. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20142504.

Atance, C.M. Metcalf, J.L., Martin-Ordas, G. & Walker, C.L. (2014). Young Children's Causal Explanations are Biased by Post-Action Associative Information.  Developmental Psychology, 50, 2675-2685.

Osvath, M. & Martin-Ordas, G. (2014) The future of future oriented cognition in non-humans: theory and the empirical case of the great apes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369 (1655).

Martin-Ordas, G., Atance, C.M., & Caza, J. (2014). How do episodic memory and semantic memory contribute to episodic foresight in young children? Frontiers in Cognitive Psychology Research, 08 July 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00732

Martin-Ordas, G., Atance, C.M. & Call J. (2014). Remembering in a tool-use task in children and great apes: the role of the information at encoding. Memory, 22, 129-144.

Martin-Ordas, G., Berntsen, D. & Call J. (2013) Memory for distant past events in chimpanzees and orangutans. Current Biology, Volume 23, Issue 15, 1438-1441.

Martin-Ordas, G, Schumacher, L., & Call, J. (2012) Sequential Tool Use in Great Apes. PLoS ONE 7(12): e52074. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052074

Martin-Ordas, G, Jaeck, F & Call J. (2012). Barriers and traps: great apes’ performance in two functionally equivalent tasks. Animal Cognition, 15: 1007-13.

Martin-Ordas, G, Atance, C & Louw, A. (2012). The role of episodic and semantic memory in episodic foresight. Learning and Motivation, 43: 209-219.

Martin-Ordas, G. & Call J. (2011). Memory processing in great apes: the effect of time and sleep. Biology Letters. 7(6):829-32.

Davies, J., Atance, C. & Martin-Ordas, G. (2011) A Framework and Open Questions on Imagination in Adults and Children. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 31, 143-157.

Martin-Ordas, G., Haun, D., Colmenares, F. & Call, J. (2010) Keeping track of time: evidence of episodic-like memory in great apes. Animal Cognition. 13, 331-340.

Loredo-Narciandi, JC & Martín-Ordás, G. (2009) La historia como maestra para la investigación en imitación animal. Revista de Historia de la Psicologia, 30, 187-194

Martin-Ordas, G. & Call J. (2009) Assessing transfer knowledge across tasks. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 22-43-60.

Martin-Ordas, G., Call, J., & Colmenares, F. (2008) Tubes, tables and traps: great apes solve two functionally-equivalent trap tasks but show no evidence of transfer across tasks. Animal Cognition, 11,423–430.


Book Chapters

Martin-Ordas, G. (in press). With the future in mind: towards a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of future thinking. In Seeing the future: theoretical perspectives on future-oriented mental time travel, K. Michaelian, S. B. Klein, & K. K. Szpunar, Oxford University Press.

Atance, C. & Martin-Ordas, G. Projecting the Self into the Future (2013). In The Handbook on the Development of Children’s memories (R. Fivush & P. Bauer eds.) Wiley-Blackwell.

Martin-Ordas, G. & Call, J. (2012). Luces y sombras en el pensamiento de Darwin en relacion a la evolucion cognitiva de las especies. Eds. M. Papini & G. Gutierrez. National University Press, Bogota.