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Julia Christin Prein


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

e-mail: julia_prein@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Projects & Partners

Thesis title: New Methods to study social cognition in young children

Research Interests

  • Socio-cognitive development
  • Theory of Mind
  • Developing new study methods with focus on reliability and validity

Curriculum Vitae

Career & Education
since 09/2020

PhD student
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

10/2018 - 08/2020

M.Sc. in "Early Childhood Research"
Leipzig University
Thesis: “Anticipating and Reacting to Actions of a Knowing or Ignorant Agent: Steps Toward a Theory of Mind Understanding”
Supervisors: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Robert Hepach and Prof. Dr. Hannes Rakoczy

10/2014 - 05/2018

B.Sc. in "Cognitive Science"
University of Osnabrück
Thesis: “A study on multimodal integration failures in the Ganzfeld experience by the variation of auditory stimulation”
Supervisors: Dr. Timo Torsten Schmidt and Dr. Uwe Friese

Practical Experience
05/2019 – 07/2020Research Assistant
Department of Educational Psychology
Leipzig University
09/2019Research Internship
Department of Developmental Psychology
University of Göttingen
02/2019-04/2019Research Internship
Uppsala Child and Baby Lab
Uppsala University
  • German (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • French, Danish, Russian (basic)
  • Latin
  • …and learning programming languages like R, Java, Python, HTML, CSS, Javascript

Projects & Partners

  • Member of ManyBabies2


Prein, J. C., Maurits, L., Werwach, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Bohn, M. (2024). Variation in gaze following across the life span: A process-level perspective (advance online). Developmental Science.
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Bohn, M., Prein, J. C., Delikaya, B., Haun, D. B. M., & Gagarina, N. (2024). oREV: An item response theory-based open receptive vocabulary task for 3- to 8-year-old children. Behavior Research Methods, 56(3), 2595-2605.
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Prein, J. C., Kalinke, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Bohn, M. (2024). TANGO: A reliable, open-source, browser-based task to assess individual differences in gaze understanding in 3 to 5-year-old children and adults. Behavior Research Methods, 56(3), 2469-2485.
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Steffan, A., Zimmer, L., Arias-Trejo, N., Bohn, M., Ben, R. D., Flores-Coronado, M. A., Franchin, L., Garbisch, I., Grosse Wiesmann, C., Hamlin, J. K., Havron, N., Hay, J. F., Hermansen, T. K., Jakobsen, K. V., Kalinke, S., Ko, E.-S., Kulke, L., Mayor, J., Meristo, M., Moreau, D., Mun, S., Prein, J. C., Rakoczy, H., Rothmaler, K., Oliveira, D. S., Simpson, E. A., Smith, E. S., Strid, K., Tebbe, A.-L., Thiele, M., Yuen, F., & Schuwerk, T. (2024). Validation of an open source, remote web-based eye-tracking method (WebGazer) for research in early childhood. Infancy, 29(1), 31-55.
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Schmidt, T. T., & Prein, J. C. (2019). The Ganzfeld experience—A stably inducible altered state of consciousness: Effects of different auditory homogenizations. PsyCh Journal, 8(1), 66-81.
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