Jump directly to main navigation Jump directly to content Jump to sub navigation

Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology

Director: Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun

The Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology combines approaches from developmental, cross-cultural and comparative psychology, to study uniquely human cultural diversity and the universal cognitive mechanisms that enable and constrain it.

  • We study the interaction between human cognition and culture by studying individuals in different social and physical environments around the world.

  • We study uniquely human cognitive processes by comparing humans with other great ape species.

  • We study similarities and differences in cognitive development and their inter-individual and inter-cultural drivers in human and non-human great apes.



Learning from conspecifics

Comparative Cultural Psychology

Chimpanzees may use social learning to acquire new skills


Studying the Facets of Infant Social Learning

Comparative Cultural Psychology

Maleen Thiele starts Minerva Fast Track group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology…


Curious children, less curious apes

Comparative Cultural Psychology

Children choose a “mystery box” more often than apes, but after a glimpse of a larger reward from the…