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Former Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Take part in our child studies

The Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology is very interested in the basic ways in which children learn and develop. We investigate how small children perceive and understand the world, and how this understanding influences their actions. We also explore how children use language and gestures to communicate with others in their environment.

Since we began our research in Leipzig, many local parents have been incredibly supportive of our research projects. Their participation has made an essential contribution to our work, and allowed for many new insights into child development.


Studies at the Institute are carried out in private rooms. A research assistant greets parents and children upon their arrival, and escorts them to one of our playrooms. The playroom provides an opportunity for parents to get more detailed information about the particular studies and for children to become familiar with our staff. Children can play with toys, “cook”, or make drawings.


After getting to know each other, the parent, child, and researcher go to a study room. In the study room, children discover new games with our research assistants, and apply themselves to new tasks. Parents have the opportunity to watch but do not actively participate. Our studies are always designed as games in which we use familiar toys such as hand puppets, balls and toy blocks, or invent new objects.


Studies are typically completed in one appointment and last between 10 and 30 minutes. Afterwards, children receive a present as a little thank-you for participating.

Studies with older children often take place at the kindergartens of Leipzig. We visit kindergartens regularly, bringing the games with us that are needed for our studies. Here as well, we take time to get to know the children before we start a study.

Without the incredible support of parents, children and caretakers, our research would be impossible. We have successfully completed many studies, and children always enjoy playing our new games.

If you are interested in the results of our research, you are welcome to read our newsletter!

We thank you very much for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you!

For more information, please call
0341/ 3550-157 or -417
E-mail: forschungsreise@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Or, just drop in:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig
Phone: 03 41/35 50 – 157
Fax: 03 41/35 50 – 444