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Maleen Thiele

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 403
email: maleen_thiele@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de 
OSF profile: osf.io/swv8j
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1695-1850

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Research Awards & Funding
Publications

Research Interests

I'm a developmental psychologist and infancy researcher interested in the psychological foundations of early social learning. In my doctoral research, I have studied how infants in the first postnatal year attend to social interactions between third parties and how their attention is influenced by their intrinsic motivations; how they identify and represent observed social interactive relations; and what factors within observed social interactions help them learn about their cultural environment. 

In my current postdoc project, I take a comparative perspective studying the influence of observation-based social learning contexts on object-related memory across great ape species. A central methodological aim of the project is to develop robust eye-tracking paradigms and reproducible data processing approaches helping us to study ape cognition across species from infancy to adulthood.

Curriculum Vitae

Career 
Since 11/2021

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Insitute of Evolutionary Anthropology 

06/2020 - 11/2021

Phd Student
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Insitute of Evolutionary Anthropology 

12/2016 - 05/2020

PhD Student | Research Associate 
Department of Early Child Development and Culture
Leipzig University

08/2018 - 12/2018

Visiting Researcher
Uppsala Child and Baby Lab
Uppsala University

Education 
12/2016 - 11/2021

Dr. rer. nat. Psychology
Leipzig University | Thesis title: "The social attentional foundations of infants' learning from third-party social interactions"

10/2014 - 10/2016

M. Sc. Psychology
Leipzig University | Thesis title: “The sense of own and others’ deservingness in children and chimpanzees”

10/2010 - 10/2013

B. Sc. Psychology
Leipzig University | Thesis title: “The effect of age on emotional memory: investigating the role of psychological arousal”

Teaching

Summer term                2022

Seminar “Introduction to Comparative Cultural Psychology” (Guest Lecturer)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Psychology" 

Summer terms              2021, 2022

Seminar “Experimental Neuroscience” (Guest Lecturer)
Leipzig University, Bachelor of Science „Psychology" 
Winter term            2019/2020

Seminar “Developmental Psychology” (Course Leader)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Early Childhood Research"

Winter term        2019/2020

Crash course “Scientific Reading” (Course Leader)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Early Childhood Research” 

Summer terms              2019, 2020

Seminar “Neuroscience” (Guest Lecturer)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Early Childhood Research" 

Summer terms              2018, 2019

Seminar “Comparative Development” (Course Leader)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Early Childhood Research”

Winter terms        2017/2018, 2018/2019

Seminar “Project Planning and Management” (Course Leader)
Leipzig University, Master of Science „Early Childhood Research”

Summer term                2017

Seminar “Einführung in die Entwicklungspsychologie” (Course Leader)
Leipzig University, Staatsexamen „Bildungswissenschaften in den Lehrerbildenden Studiengängen“

Languages
  • German (native speaker)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (basic) 

Research Awards & Funding

2022

Outstanding Dissertation Award
International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS)

08/2018 - 12/2018

Scholarship for Guest Researchers
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Publications

Farris, K., Kelsey, C. M., Krol, K. M., Thiele, K. M., Hepach, R., Haun, D. B. M., & Grossmann, T. (2022). Processing third-party social interactions in the human infant brain. Infant Behavior and Development, 68: 101727.
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Thiele, M., Hepach, R., Michel, C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2021). Infants’ preference for social interactions increases from 7 to 13 months of age. Child Development, 92(6), 2577-2594.
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Astor, K., Thiele, M., & Gredebäck, G. (2021). Gaze following emergence relies on both perceptual cues and social awareness. Cognitive Development, 60: 101121.
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Thiele, M., Hepach, R., Michel, C., & Haun, D. B. M. (2021). Observing others’ joint attention increases 9-month-old infants’ object encoding. Developmental Psychology, 57(6), 837-850.
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Thiele, K. M. (2021). The social attentional foundations of infant's learning from third-party social interactions. PhD Thesis, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig.
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Thiele, M., Hepach, R., Michel, C., Gredebäck, G., & Haun, D. B. M. (2021). Social interaction targets enhance 13-month-old infants' associative learning. Infancy, 26(3), 409-422.
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