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Senay Cebioglu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 345
e-mail: senay_cebioglu@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de
office: B1.15

Research Interests

Research Interests

I am a cross-cultural developmental psychologist. I received my Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Broadly, I study how culture shapes development. By examining infants’ and children’s experiences across various sociocultural contexts, I am trying understand the developmental processes that lead to cross-cultural variation in early socio-cognitive outcomes. I take a constructivist perspective to development and I use mixed methods of measurement including naturalistic and structured observations, experimental tasks, interviews, and questionnaires. I am particularly interested in development of children’s understanding of self and others. My Ph.D. work focused on mirror self-recognition in toddlers from Vancouver, Canada, and Tanna, Vanuatu – a small-scale society in South Pacific. Recently, I became interested in the relationship between culture and well-being. I am co-leading a project examining the dynamics of cultural change and well-being among indigenous Bantu and BaYaka communities in the Republic of Congo. This is an ethnographically-grounded, mix-method investigation that integrates cultural evolutionary theory with psychology and anthropology.



Halavani, Z., Yeung, H. H., Cebioğlu, S., & Broesch, T. (2024). Infant-directed communication in Tanna, Vanuatu and Vancouver, Canada (advance online). Infant and Child Development, e2498.
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Boyette, A. H., Cebioğlu, S., & Broesch, T. (2023). Teaching strategies are shaped by experience with formal education: Experimental evidence from caregiver-child dyads in two Tannese communities. Memory & Cognition, 51, 792-806.
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Cebioğlu, S., Marin, K. A., & Broesch, T. (2022). Variation in caregivers' references to their toddlers: child-directed speech in Vanuatu and Canada. Child Development, 93(6), e622-e638.
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McClay, E. K., Cebioglu, S., Broesch, T., & Yeung, H. H. (2021). Rethinking the phonetics of baby-talk: Differences across Canada and Vanuatu in the articulation of mothers' speech to infants. Developmental Science, 25(2): e13180.
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Cebioğlu, S., & Broesch, T. (2021). Explaining cross-cultural variation in mirror self-recognition: New insights into the ontogeny of objective self-awareness. Developmental Psychology, 57(5), 625-638.
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Broesch, T., Carolan, P. L., Cebioğlu, S., von Rueden, C., Boyette, A. H., Moya, C., Hewlett, B., & Kline, M. A. (2021). Opportunities for interaction. Human Nature, 32, 208-238.
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House, B.R., Kanngiesser, P., Barrett, H.C. et al. (2020). Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behaviour and development. Nat Hum Behav 4, 36–44 (2020).