How does maternal odor impact infants’ responses to emotional faces?

First results from our project on the impact of maternal odor on emotion processing in infancy are out! Testing 7-month-olds in an EEG paradigm, we found that infants at this age show a reduced fear response when they can smell…

Changes in the lab due to Corona pandemic

The safety of our participants, their family and our lab members is our top priority. Therefore we strictly follow the safety guidelines for measurements developed by the University of Lübeck in times of Corona. Specifically, this means: On the day…

Unconscious face processing in infancy

Our new review article discussing the current state of research on unconscious face processing in infancy was just accepted! Jessen, S., & Grossmann, T. (in press). The developmental origins of subliminal face processing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 

What is the role of early visual cortices on the processing of facial trustworthiness?

In a new study in adult participants conducted by our collaborators in Maastricht, we investigated the role of early visual cortices for the processing of facial trustworthiness. To that end, processing in early visual cortices in adults was interrupted using…

How does a mother’s scent impact emotion perception in babies?

Finally – we have the first results from our odor study. We invited 91 babies (and their moms) from Lübeck and the surrounding area to the lab to test how the mother’s familiar scent would impact the babies’ response to…

How do babies’ brains respond to dynamic audiovisual stimuli?

Our first study from Lübeck! And it’s a more methods-oriented project. Most EEG studies in infants rely on the analysis of so-called event-related brain potentials (ERPs), meaning that we need to show the babies a large number of very similar…

Does facial trustworhiness impact object processing in infancy?

In prior studies, we could show that infants process faces perceived by adults as particularly trustworthy different from those that were judged by adults as less trustworthy. In our new study, we investigated whether infants make use of this trustworthiness…

Cognitive Control, Motivation, and the IFJ

Nothing related to infants or social development, for a change. Bernadette’s new paper on the role of the IFJ (inferior frontal junction) for the interplay between cognitive control and motivation is out! So, in the manuscript she is investigating, how…

Renate-Maaß research award 2018

We’re extremely excited to announce that Sarah just won the Renate-Maaß research award for her work on social development in infancy at the University of Lübeck! Huge thanks to the university and the Renate-Maaß-foundation, and importantly to all the families…

Bernadette joins the lab as a PhD student

Bernadette Hippmann joined the lab as a PhD student in November. A warm welcome to her and very much looking forward to working together!