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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@~@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.


Davis, J. T. M., Robertson, E., Lew-Levy, S., Neldner, K., Kapitany, R., Nielsen, M., & Hines, M. (2021). Cultural components of sex differences in color preference (advance online). Child Development.
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Neldner, K., Reindl, E., Tennie, C., Grant, J., Tomaselli, K., & Nielsen, M. (2020). A cross-cultural investigation of young children's spontaneous invention of tool use behaviours. Royal Society Open Science, 7(5): 192240.
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Neldner, K., Redshaw, J., Murphy, S., Tomaselli, K., Davis, J., Dixson, B., & Nielsen, M. (2019). Creation across culture: Children's tool innovation is influenced by cultural and developmental factors. Developmental Psychology, 55(4), 877-889.
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Redshaw, J., Suddendorf, T., Neldner, K., Wilks, M., Tomaselli, K., Mushin, I., & Nielsen, M. (2019). Young children from three diverse cultures spontaneously and consistently prepare for alternative future possibilities. Child Development, 90(1), 51-61.
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Neldner, K., Crimston, C., Wilks, M., Redshaw, J., & Nielsen, M. (2018). The developmental origins of moral concern: An examination of moral boundary decision making throughout childhood. PLoS One, 13(5): e0197819.
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Neldner, K., Mushin, I., & Nielsen, M. (2017). Young children’s tool innovation across culture: Affordance visibility matters. Cognition, 168, 335-343.
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Neldner, K., Collier-Baker, E., & Nielsen, M. (2015). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and human children (Homo sapiens) know when they are ignorant about the location of food. Animal Cognition, 18(3), 683-699.
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