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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.



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…


A visit to Rwanda to promote the healthy development of children

Comparative Cultural Psychology

International research project investigates diseases of modern life


Collaboration on eye level

Comparative Cultural Psychology

New Great Ape Research Network unites expertise of European zoos with latest scientific insights