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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

Karri Neldner

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 415
email: karri_neldner@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research interests

My research interests lie within the fields of developmental, cross-cultural and comparative psychology. I am broadly interested in problem-solving, social learning and teaching across animal taxa, including humans. I apply cross-cultural approaches to my research to understand how children’s problem solving and learning strategies are influenced by their sociocultural environment.

My PhD examined children's and chimpanzees' ability to innovate with tools, and the flexibility required to solve novel problems using tools. My postdoctoral research will focus on children’s active role within learning and teaching contexts, with the aim to gain further insights into the mechanistic motivations behind children’s early learning.


K. Neldner, E. Reindl, C. Tennie, J. Grant, K. Tomaselli & M. Nielsen. (2020). A cross-cultural investigation of young children’s spontaneous invention of tool use behaviors. Royal Society Open Science, 7(5), 192-240. 

K. Neldner, J. Redshaw, S. Murphy, K. Tomaselli, J. Davis & M. Nielsen. (2019). Cultural creators: An investigation into children’s tool innovation across culture. Developmental Psychology.

K. Neldner, D. Crimston, M. Wilks, J. Redshaw & M. Nielsen. (2018). The developmental origins of moral expansiveness. PloS one, 13(5), e0197819.

J. Redshaw, T. Suddendorf, K. Neldner, M. Wilks, I. Mushin, K. Tomaselli, B. Dixson, M. Nielsen. (2018). Young children from three diverse cultures spontaneously and consistently prepare for alternative future possibilities. Child Development, 90(1), 51-61.

K. Neldner, I. Mushin & M. Nielsen. (2017). Young children’s tool innovation across culture: Affordance visibility matters. Cognition, 168: 335-343.

K. Neldner, E. Collier-Baker & Nielsen, M. (2015). Chimpanzees and human children know when they are ignorant about the location of food. Animal Cognition, 18(3): 683-699.