Diana Reiss

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Diana Reiss
Born1948/1949 (age 70–71)[1][2]
Alma materTemple University (PhD)
Occupationprofessor of psychology at Hunter College

Diana Reiss (born 1948 or 1949[1][2] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[3]) is a professor of psychology at Hunter College[4] and in the graduate program of Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the City University of New York. Reiss's research has focused on understanding cognition and communication in dolphins and other cetaceans.[5] Her important contributions include demonstrating mirror self-awareness in dolphins via the Mirror test.[6]

She was the scientific advisor for The Cove[2] and wrote The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives.

Reiss earned a doctorate from Temple University.


The following are a selection of Diana Reiss' peer-reviewed publications.

  • Reiss D, B McCowan, and L Marino. 1997. Communicative and other cognitive characteristics of bottlenose dolphins. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 1(4):140-145.
  • Reiss D and L Marino. 2001. Mirror self-recognition in the bottlenose dolphin: A case of cognitive convergence. PNAS. 98(10):5937-5942.
  • Plotnik JM, FBM de Waal, and D Reiss. 2006. Self-recognition in an Asian elephant. PNAS. 103(45):17053-17057.
  • Marino L, RC Connor, RE Fordyce, LM Herman, PR Hof, L Lefebvre, D Lusseau, B McCowan, EA Nimchinsky, AA Pack, R Rendell, JS Reidenberg, D Reiss, MD Uhen, E Van der Gucht, and H Whitehead. 2007. Cetaceans have complex brains for complex cognition. PLoS Biology. 5(5):966-972.
  • Plotnik JM, FBM de Waal, D Moore 3rd, and D Reiss. 2010. Self-recognition in the Asian elephant and future directions for cognitive research with elephants in zoological settings. ZooBiol. 29(2):179-191.
  • Foerder P, M Galloway, T Barthel, DE Moore 3, and D Reiss. 2011. Insightful problem solving in an Asian elephant. PLoS ONE. 6(8):e23251.


  1. ^ a b Freeman, Paul (September 13, 2011). "There's someone in there". San Jose Mercury News. Reiss, 62, is a professor of psychology at Hunter College
  2. ^ a b c Dreifus, Claudia (September 20, 2010). "Studying the Big-Brained Dolphin". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2010. Diana Reiss, 61, a professor of psychology at Hunter College
  3. ^ a b "Bio: Diana Reiss". National Geographic Society. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Diana Reiss—Hunter College". Hunter College. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  5. ^ Milius, Susan (May 11, 2010). "Mirror, mirror on the wall, you're the scariest fish of all". Science News. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "In defense of dolphins » Scienceline". Scienceline. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2017-03-10.

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