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Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig  

Anja Reimann
phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 400
e-mail: info_ccp@eva.mpg.de


Daniel Haun

Director

Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
D-04103 Leipzig 
Germany

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 400
email: info_ccp@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications
Teaching
Supervision
Invited Talks
Research Awards & Funding

Research Interests

  • Cross-cultural variation in early socio-cognitive development
  • Great ape cognition
  • Population-level variation in great ape sociality 
  • Social motivation
  • Spatial cognition

Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions
2019 - presentDirector
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Plancke Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
2015 - presentDirector
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development
Leipzig University
2019 - 2020Interim Professor (20%)
Early Child Development and Culture
Leipzig University
2019 - presentProfessor
Comparative Cultural Psychology
Leipzig University
Career
2019 - presentDirector
Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig
2019 - presentProfessor
Comparative Cultural Psychology
Leipzig University
2015 – 2019Professor
Early Child Development and Culture
Leipzig University
2014 - 2015Professor
Developmental Psychology
University of Jena
2013 - 2016Guest Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig
2008 - 2013Research Group leader
Comparative Cognitive Anthropology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & MPI for Psycholinguistics
2008 - 2014Honorary Lecturer
Developmental Psychology
University of Portsmouth
2007 - 2008

Lecturer
Developmental Psychology
University of Portsmouth

2006 - 2007Post Doc
Comparative and Developmental Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2003 - 2004Marie Curie PhD Stipend
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
University College London
2002 - 2006

PhD student
Language and Cognition Group
MPI for Psycholinguistics

2001 - 2002Research Assistant
Developmental Psychology
University of South Carolina
2001 - 2002Academic Tutor for gifted Students
Social & Natural Sciences
University of South Carolina
Summer 2001Research Assistant
Virtual Reality Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara
Spring 1999Research Intern
Language and Cognition Group
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
1998 - 2000Student Assistant
General Psychology
University of Trier
Education
2002 - 2007PhD, Psychology
MPI Psycholinguistics & Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging 
Supervisor: Prof. Stephen C. Levinson, Prof. Neil Burgess, Prof. Gabriele Janzen
2001 - 2002M.A., Psychology
University of South Carolina
Supervisor: Prof. Gary L. Allen
1997 - 2000Vordiplom (B.A.), Psychology
Universität Trier
1988 - 1997Abitur
Burggymnasium Kaiserslautern
Advisory Boards

2013 -  2019

Scientific Advisory Board
Centre for Global Cooperation Research
German Development Institute 
2013 - 2014Scientific Advisor
Austrian Integration Fund (Österreichischen Integrationsfonds)
Field Research
2005, 2006, 2008-2011, 2013-2017≠Akhoe Hai//om; Namibia 
2007-2010, 2012 Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine; Indonesia 
2011, 2012, 2015-2017, 2019Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Zambia 
Memberships
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Cultural Evolution Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • International Primatological Society
  • Edge Foundation
  • European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association 

Publications

Articles

Hardecker, D. J. K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Approaching the development of hurt feelings in childhood. New Ideas in Psychology,59: 100796.
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Stengelin, R., Hepach, R., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Cross-cultural variation in how much, but not whether, children overimitate. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,193: 104796.
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Stengelin, R., Hepach, R., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Hai||om children mistrust, but do not deceive, peers with opposing self-interests. PLOS ONE,15(3).
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Toppe, T., Hardecker, S., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Social inclusion increases over early childhood and is influenced by others’ group membership. Developmental Psychology,56(2), 324-335.
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Haun, D., Liebal, K., Amici, F., Bender, A., Bohn, M., Bräuer, J., Buttelmann, D., Burkart, J., Cacchione, T., DeTroy, S., Faßbender, I., Fichtel, C., Fischer, J., Gampe, A., Gray, R., Horn, L., Oña, L., Kärtner, J., Kaminski, J., Kanngießer, P., Keller, H., Köster, M., Kopp, K. S., Kornadt, H.-J., Rakoczy, H., Schuppli, C., Stengelin, R., Trommsdorff, G., Leeuwen, E. v., & Schaik, C. v. (2020). Ein Plädoyer für die Relevanz der Vergleichenden Psychologie für das Verständnis menschlicher Entwicklung (Kommentare zu Daum, M. M., Greve, W.,Pauen, S., Schuhrke, B. und Schwarzer, G.(2020). Positionspapier der Fachgruppe Entwicklungspsychologie: Ein Versuch einer Standortbestimmung. In: Psychologische Rundschau, 71(1), 24-46). Psychologische Rundschau,71(1), 40-41.
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Kamiloğlu, R. G., Slocombe, K. E., Haun, D. B. M., & Sauter, D. A. (2020). Human listeners’ perception of behavioural context and core affect dimensions in chimpanzee vocalizations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,287(1929): 20201148.
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Stengelin, R., Hepach, R., & Haun, D. B. M. (2019). Being observed increases overimitation in three diverse cultures. Developmental Psychology,55(12), 2630-2636.
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Many Primates, Altschul, D. M., Beran, M. J., Bohn, M., Call, J., DeTroy, S., Duguid, S. J., Egelkamp, C. L., Fichtel, C., Fischer, J., Flessert, M., Hanus, D., Haun, D. B. M., Haux, L. M., Hernandez-Aguilar, R. A., Herrmann, E., Hopper, L. M., Joly, M., Kano, F., Keupp, S., Melis, A. P., Motes Rodrigo, A., Ross, S. R., Sánchez Amaro, A., Sato, Y., Schmitt, V., Schweinfurth, M. K., Seed, A. M., Taylor, D., Völter, C. J., Warren, E., & Watzek, J. (2019). Establishing an infrastructure for collaboration in primate cognition research. PLoS One,14(10): e0223675.
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Toppe, T., Hardecker, S., & Haun, D. B. M. (2019). Playing a cooperative game promotes preschoolers’ sharing with third-parties, but not social inclusion. PLoS One,14(8): e0221092.
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van Leeuwen, C., E. J., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2019). Reply to Farine and Aplin: Chimpanzees choose their association and interaction partners. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,116(34), 16676-16677.
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Schrimpf, A., McGarvey, S., Haun, D., Kube, J., Villringer, A., & Gaebler, M. (2019). Socio-cultural norms of body size in Westerners and Polynesians affect heart rate variability and emotion during social interactions. Culture and Brain,7(1), 26-56.
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Sauter, D. A., Crasbon, O., Engels, T., Kamiloğlu, R. G., Sun, R., Eisner, F., & Haun, D. B. M. (2019). Human emotional vocalizations can develop in the absence of auditory learning (advanvce online). Emotion.
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Schweinfurth, M. K., DeTroy, S., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Call, J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Spontaneous social tool use in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Comparative Psychology,132(4), 455-463.
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Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cohen, E., Collier-Baker, E., Rapold, C. J., Schäfer, M., Schütte, S., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). The development of human social learning across seven societies. Nature Communications,9: 2076.
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Liebal, K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Why cross-cultural psychology is incomplete without comparative and developmental perspectives. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology,49(5), 751-763.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Population-specific social dynamics in chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,115(45), 11393-11400.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Mundry, R., Cronin, K. A., Bodamer, M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2017). Chimpanzee culture extends beyond matrilineal family units. Current Biology,27(12), R588-R590.
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Gretscher, H., Tempelmann, S., Haun, D. B. M., Liebal, K., & Kaminski, J. (2017). Prelinguistic human infants and great apes show different communicative strategies in a triadic request situation. PLoS One,12(4): e0175227.
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Damerius, L. A., Forss, S. I. F., Kosonen, Z. K., Willems, E. P., Burkart, J. M., Call, J., Galdikas, B. M. F., Liebal, K., Haun, D. B. M., & van Schaik, C. P. (2017). Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orang-utans. Scientific Reports,7: 40052.
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Nielsen, M., Haun, D., Kärtner, J., & Legare, C. H. (2017). The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,162, 31-38.
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van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2017). Tool use for corpse cleaning in chimpanzees. Scientific Reports,7: 44091.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2016). How to compare across species. Psychological Science,27(12), 1670-1672.
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Zeidler, H., Herrmann, E., Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Taking turns or not? Children’s approach to limited resource problems in three different cultures. Child Development,87(3), 677-688.
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Christie, S., Gentner, D., Call, J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2016). Sensitivity to relational similarity and object similarity in apes and children. Current Biology,26(4), 531-535.
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Richter, N., Tiddeman, B., & Haun, D. B. M. (2016). Social preference in preschoolers: Effects of morphological self-similarity and familiarity. PLoS One,11(1): e0145443.
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Acerbi, A., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Haun, D. B. M., & Tennie, C. (2016). Conformity cannot be identified based on population-level signatures. Scientific Reports,6: 36068.
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Nielsen, M., & Haun, D. (2016). Why developmental psychology is incomplete without comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,371(1686): 20150071.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Acerbi, A., Kendal, R. L., Tennie, C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2016). A reappreciation of ‘conformity’. Animal Behaviour,122, e5-e10.
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Van Leuween, E. J. C., Kendal, R. L., Tennie, C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2016). Conformity and its look-a-likes. Animal Behaviour,110, e1-e4.
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Schaefer, M., Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2015). Fair is not fair everywhere. Psychological Science,26(8), 1252-1260.
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Haun, D. B. M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Children conform to the behavior of peers; Other great apes stick with what they know. Psychological Science,25(12), 2160-2167.
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Liebal, K., Vaish, A., Haun, D., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Does sympathy motivate prosocial behaviour in great apes? PLoS One,9(1): e84299.
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Cronin, K. A., Pieper, B., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Mundry, R., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). Problem solving in the presence of others: How rank and relationship quality impact resource acquisition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLoS One,9(4): e93204.
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Cronin, K. A., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Vreeman, V., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). Population-level variability in the social climates of four chimpanzee societies. Evolution and Human Behavior,35(5), 389-396.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). Conformity without majority? The case for demarcating social from majority influences. Animal Behaviour,96, 187-194.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Call, J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). Human children rely more on social information than chimpanzees do. Biology Letters,10(11): 20140487.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). A group-specific arbitrary tradition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Animal Cognition,17(6), 1421-1425.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., Schütte, S., Call, J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) flexibly adjust their behaviour in order to maximize payoffs, not to conform to majorities. PLoS One,8(11): e80945.
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Cohen, E., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). The development of tag-based cooperation via a socially acquired trait. Evolution and Human Behavior,34(3), 230-235.
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Haun, D. B. M., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., & Edelson, M. G. (2013). Majority influence in children and other animals. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience,3, 61-71.
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Messner, D., Guarín, A., & Haun, D. (2013). The behavioural dimensions of international cooperation. Global Cooperation Research Papers,1.
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van Leeuwen, E. J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). Conformity in nonhuman primates: Fad or fact? Evolution and Human Behavior,34(1), 1-7.
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Gretscher, H., Haun, D. B., Liebal, K., & Kaminski, J. (2012). Orang-utans rely on orientation cues and egocentric rules when judging others' perspectives in a competitive food task. Animal Behaviour,84(2), 323-331.
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Haun, D. B. M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Majority-biased transmission in chimpanzees and human children, but not orangutans. Current Biology,22, 727-731.
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Hribar, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2012). Children's reasoning about spatial relational similarity: The effect of alignment and relational complexity. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,111(3), 490-500.
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Janzen, G., Haun, D. B. M., & Levinson, S. C. (2012). Tracking down abstract linguistic meaning: Neural correlates of spatial frame of reference ambiguities in language. PLoS One,7(2): e30657.
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Liebal, K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2012). The importance of comparative psychology for developmental science. International Journal of Developmental Science,6, 21-23.
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MacLean, E. L., Matthews, L. J., Hare, B. A., Nunn, C. L., Anderson, R. C., Aureli, F., Brannon, E. M., Call, J., Drea, C. M., Emery, N. J., Haun, D. B. M., Herrmann, E., Jacobs, L. F., Platt, M. L., Rosati, A. G., Sandel, A. A., Schroepfer, K. K., Seed, A. M., Tan, J., Van Schaik, C. P., & Wobber, V. (2012). How does cognition evolve? Phylogenetic comparative psychology. Animal Cognition,15, 223-238.
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., Haun, D. B. M., Mundry, R., & Bodamer, M. D. (2012). Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,279, 4362-4367.
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Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Memory for body movements in Namibian hunter-gatherer children. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology,10(1), 56-62.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children. Child Development,82(6), 1759-1767.
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Haun, D. B. M., Nawroth, C., & Call, J. (2011). Great apes' risk-taking strategies in a decision making task. PLoS ONE,6(12): e28801.
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Haun, D. B. M., Rapold, C. C., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). Plasticity of human spatial memory: Spatial language and cognition covary across cultures. Cognition,119, 70-80.
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Haun, D. B. M., Rapold, C. J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). Plasticity of human spatial cognition: Spatial language and cognition covary across cultures. Cognition,119(1), 70-80.
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Hribar, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2011). Great apes' strategies to map spatial relations. Animal Cognition,14(4), 511-523.
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Rekers, Y., Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Children, but not chimpanzees, prefer to collaborate. Current Biology,21(20), 1756-1758.
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Sauter, D. A., LeGuen, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional facial expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion,11(6), 1479-1483.
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Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F. M., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2010). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences,14(12), 552-560.
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Martin Ordas, G., Haun, D. B. M., Colmenares, F., & Call, J. (2010). Keeping track of time: Evidence for episodic-like memory in great apes. Animal Cognition,13(2), 331-340.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2009). Great apes’ capacities to recognize relational similarity. Cognition,110(2), 147-159.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Rapold, C. J. (2009). Variation in memory for body movements across cultures. Current Biology,19(23), R1068-R1069.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2008). Imitation recognition in great apes. Current Biology,18(7), R288-R290.
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Haun, D. B. M., Rapold, C. J., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2006). Cognitive cladistics and cultural override in Hominid spatial cognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,103(46), 17568-17573.
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Haun, D. B. M., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2006). Evolutionary psychology of spatial representations in the Hominidae. Current Biology,16(17), 1736-1740.
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Haun, D. B. M., Allen, G. L., & Wedell, D. H. (2005). Bias in spatial memory: A categorical endorsement. Acta Psychologica,118(1-2), 149-170.
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Allen, G. L., Kirasic, K. C., Rashotte, M. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2004). Aging and path integration skill: Kinesthetic and vestibular contributions to wayfinding. Perception & Psychophysics,66(1), 170-179.
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Majid, A., Bowerman, M., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Levinson, S. C. (2004). Can language restructure cognition? The case for space. Trends in Cognitive Sciences,8(3), 108-114.
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Waller, D., Loomis, J. M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2004). Body-based senses enhance knowledge of directions in large-scale environments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review,11(1), 157-163.
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Waller, D., & Haun, D. B. M. (2003). Scaling techniques for modeling directional knowledge. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers,35(2), 285-293.
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Levinson, S. C., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Rasch, B. H. (2002). Returning the tables: Language affects spatial reasoning. Cognition,84(2), 155-188.
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Books

Haun, D. B. M., & Wertenbruch, M. (2013).Forschungen und Entwicklungen zum Konzept der Ehre als Potential für Konflikte zwischen Kulturen. Wien: Österreichischer Integrationsfonds.
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Guarin, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Messner, D. (2013).Behavioral dimensions of international cooperation. Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21).
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Book Chapters

Rakoczy, H., & Haun, D. (2020). Comparative cognition between children and animals. In S. Hupp, & J. D. Jewell (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Cham: Wiley.
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Haun, D. B. M. (2015). Comparative and developmental anthropology: Studying the origins of cultural variability in cognitive function. In L. A. Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of human development and culture: An interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 94-110). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press.
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Haun, D. B. M., & Over, H. (2013). Like me: A homophily-based account of human culture. In P. J. Richerson, & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion (pp. 75-85). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Jordan, F. M., van Schaik, C., Francois, P., Gintis, H., Haun, D. B. M., Hruschka, D. H., Janssen, M. A., Kitts, J. A., Lehmann, L., Mathew, S., Richerson, P. J., Turchin, P., & Wiessner, P. (2013). Cultural evolution of the structure of human groups. In P. J. Richerson, & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion (pp. 88-116). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Rakoczy, H., & Haun, D. B. M. (2012). Vor- und nichtsprachliche Kognition. In W. Schneider, & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie. 7. vollständig überarbeitete Auflage (pp. 337-362). Weinheim: Beltz Verlag.
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Haun, D. B. M. (2011). How odd I am! In M. Brockman (Ed.), Future science: essays from the cutting edge (pp. 228-235). New York: Vintage.
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Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F. M., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2011). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: insights from comparative psychology. In S. Dehaene, & E. M. Brannon (Eds.), Space, time and number in the brain: searching for the foundations of mathematical thought; The 24th Attention & Performance meeting on "Space, Time and Number: Cerebral Foundations of Mathematical Intuitions", held from July 6 to 10 2010 in Vaux de Cernay near Paris (pp. 191-206). Amsterdam: Academic Press.
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Schaefer, M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). Sharing among children across cultures. In E. Norcliffe, & N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Field manual volume 13 (pp. 45-49). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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Schaefer, M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). Sharing among children across cultures. In E. Norcliffe, & N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Field manual volume 13 (pp. 45-49). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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Conference Papers

Bender, A., Beller, S., Haun, D. B. M., Legare, C., Majid, A., Ojalehto, B., & Medin, D. (2013). Exploring cognitive diversity across disciplines and cultures. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 67-68). Austin,TX: Cognitive Science Society. Retrieved from http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2013/papers/0025/index.html.
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Meeting Abstracts

DeTroy, S., van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Call, J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Chimp see, chimp do: The transmission of a novel skill across two groups of chimpanzees. Folia Primatologica,91(3), 335-336.
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Kamiloğlua, R., Slocombe, K., Haun, D., & Sauter, D. (2020). What can chimpanzee vocalisations tell human listeners? Folia Primatologica,91(3), 304.
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Cronin, K. A., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). The many metrics of social tolerance: Are we measuring one concept? Folia primatologica,84(3-5), 261-262.
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Working Papers

Hardecker, D. J. K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2020). Approaching the development of hurt feelings in childhood. PsyArXiv.
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Talks

Guarin, A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013).Behavioral dimensions of international cooperation. Talk presented at The Earth System Governance Conference. Tokyo, Japan. 2013-01-28 - 2013-01-31.
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Teaching

Teaching

2015 - 2019 Planning, implementation and direction of a Masters Program entitled M.Sc. Early Childhood Research at Leipzig University (https://www.lfe.uni-leipzig.de/en/study/m-sc-early-childhood-research-2/)

Lectures
  • Developmental Psychology (Master) - Leipzig University
  • Developmental Psychology (Bachelor) - University of Jena
  • Developmental Psychology (Bachelor) - University of Portsmouth
  • Introduction to Psychology (Bachelor) - University of Portsmouth
Seminars
  • Supervision in Higher Education - Leipzig University
  • Comparative Development (Master) - Leipzig University
  • Neurocognitive Development (Master) - Leipzig University
  • Good Scientific Practice (Master) - Leipzig University
  • Observational Methods (Graduate) - Leipzig University
  • Cultural Variability of Human Behaviour (Bachelor) - University of Jena
  • Comparative Cognition (Bachelor) - University of Jena
  • Introduction to Experimental Design (Bachelor) - University of Jena
  • Project Seminar Comparative Psychology (Master) - University of Jena
  • Comparative Cognition (Bachelor & Master) - University of Frijbourg
  • Evolutionary Anthropology (Master) - Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • Applied Developmental Psychology (Bachelor) - Leipzig University 
  • Observational Methods (Bachelor) - Leipzig University 
  • Biological and cultural foundations of human thinking (Bachelor) - University of Tübingen

Supervision

PhD Students (Primary supervisor)

Current:

  • Roman Stengelin - Cross-cultural variation in early social motivation 
  • Anne Sibilsky - Cross-cultural variation in early conformity 
  • David Hardecker - Hurt feelings and sulking behavior           
  • Marie Kaiser - Self-similarity preference in childhood
  • Theo Toppe - Game-based interventions in childhood
  • Maleen Thiele – Early social attention
  • Sarah deTroy – Population-level variation in chimpanzee social behavior
  • Sarah Peoples - Cultural co-evolution of games and societal values

Past:

  • Marie Schäfer (PhD 2014)
  • Nadja Richter (PhD 2014)
  • Edwin van Leeuwen (PhD 2014)
  • Henriette Zeidler (PhD 2015)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Current:

  • Sarah Pope, PhD
  • Johanna Eckert, PhD

Past:

  • Nadja Richter, PhD
  • Edwin van Leeuwen, PhD
  • Anja Blumenthal, PhD
  • Disa Sauter, PhD
  • Emma Cohen, PhD
  • Katherine Cronin, PhD

Workshop/Conference Organization

12.09.2019

3rd Wilhelm Wundt Dialogue, Title: The Puzzle of Language Acquisition
Discussants: Caroline Rowland and Michael Frank
Leipzig University, Germany

09-12.09.2019

Conference of the Developmental- and Educational Psychology of the German Psychological Society
Leipzig University, Germany

29.11.2018

2nd Wilhelm Wundt Dialogue, Title: Attachment Theory: Past, Present & Future
Discussants: Heidi Keller and Ross Thompson
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, Germany 

07.12.2017

1st Wilhelm Wundt Dialogue, Title: What makes us human? The roots of human culture.
Discussants: Dan Sperber and Michael Tomasello
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, Germany 

19.09.2016 - 22.09.2016

Opening of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development
50th Meeting of the German Psychological Association
Leipzig, Germany

19.09.2016 - 22.09.2016

Non-human minds
50th Meeting of the German Psychological Association
Leipzig, Germany

06.11.2015 - 07.11.2015

Why C(omp)are? Research across species and cultures to understand the human mind
Freie Universität Berlin & Universität Leipzig
Berlin & Leipzig, Germany

18.04.2013 - 20.04.2013

Cross-cultural differences and similarities in children's social behavior 
Society for Research in Child Development 
Seattle, Washington, USA.

14.12.2011 - 17.12.2011

Origins of Cultural Diversity
Schloss Ringberg, Germany
Funded by Ernst-Rudolf-Schloeßmann Stiftung

12.09.2011 - 14.09.2011

Cross-cultural Developmental Psychology
Fachgruppentagung Entwicklungspsychologie
Erfurt

Invited Talks

  • Paläon Museum (February 2019)
  • Studium Generale, University of Mainz (January 2019)
  • Orden Pour le Mérite (September 2018)
  • Mind and Life European Summer Research Institute (August, 2018)
  • Landesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (March, 2018) 
  • National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium (September, 2017) 
  • Bundesinstitut für Bau, Stadt und Raumforschung (May, 2017)
  • Common Purpose Leipzig (May, 2017)
  • Ringvorlesung des Psychologischen Institutes der Universität Jena (May, 2017)
  • Medizinische Fakultät der Univesität Freiburg (April, 2017)
  • Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (October, 2016)
  • State visit of your majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden (October, 2016)
  • Kinderuniversale (August / Oktober, 2016) 
  • Evangelische Hochschule Dresden (März, 2016)
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (January, 2016)
  • Kinderuni Jena (June, 2015)
  • Zoogesellschaft Wuppertal (April, 2015)
  • Deutsche Kinder und Jugendstiftung (September, 2014)
  • Cognitive Development Centre Budapest (May, 2014)
  • University of Neuchatel (October, 2013)
  • Euopäisches Forum Alpbach (August, 2013)
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (April, 2013) 
  • University of Jena (December, 2012)
  • Leipzig University (November, 2012)
  • Summerschool of the Marsilius-Kollegs, Heidelberg (July 2012) 
  • Ernst Strüngmann Forum, Frankfurt (June 2012)
  • German Development Institute (September 2011)
  • Attention & Performance Symposium, Vaux de Cernay, (July 2010)
  • University of Göttingen (June 2010)
  • University of Osnabrück (March 2010) 
  • Free University Berlin (December 2009)
  • Z HdK Zürich (October 2009)
  • Institud Jean Nicod, Paris (January 2009)
  • University of Chicago, Chicago (December 2008)
  • University of Vienna (June 2008)
  • University of Cambridge (May 2008)
  • University of York (May 2008)
  • University of St. Andrews (March 2008)
  • University of Aarhus (February 2008)
  • ICCLS LMU Munich (January 2008)
  • Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen (April 2007)
  • CNR, Rome (September 2006)
  • University of Portsmouth (June 2005)
  • University of Miami (April 2005)
  • University of South Carolina (April 2005)
  • University of Geneva, Geneva, CH. (February 2005)
  • Functional Imaging Laboratory, London, UK. (October 2003)

Research Awards & Funding

Stipends
2002 - 2006Max Planck Society PhD Stipend
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, NL)
2003 - 2004Marie Curie Stipend
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (London, UK)
Project Funding
Period: 2017-2020EU Horizon 2020
Position: Host (Main Applicant: Manuel Bohn)
Title: Modeling Common Ground
Funding Body: EU
Total Amount: 320.000,- Euro
Period: 2011-2014Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Veni grant
Position: Host (Main Applicant: Katherine Cronin)
Title: Variation in social climate and its impact on prosociality
Funding Body: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research 
Total Amount: 250.000,- Euro
Period: 2012-2015

Swiss National Fund, Project grant
Position: Joint Applicant (Main Applicant: Carel van Schaik )
Title: Testing the cultural intelligence hypothesis
Funding Body: Swiss National funds 
Total Amount: 415.000,- Euro

Period: 2008-2012

Volkswagen-Stiftung, Evolutionary Biology
Position: Main Applicant (with Katja Liebal, Juliane Kaminski) / Joint Manager
Title: Roots of Human Social Interaction
Funding Body: Volkswagen-Stiftung 
Total Amount: 513.100,- Euro

Period: 2008-2013

Max Planck Society, Presidential Innovation Funds
Position: Sole Applicant / Manager
Title: Comparative Cognitive Anthropology
Funding Body: Max-Planck-Society 
Total Amount: 1.840.000,- Euro

Period: 2006-2007

University of Portsmouth, Research Funds
Position: Sole Applicant / Manager
Title: Cranial Ontogeny of Borneo Orangutans
Funding Body: University of Portsmouth
Total Amount: 6500,- Euro