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!

What is the role of different spatial frequencies in emotion processing in infancy?

In our newest study, we investigated how high spatial frequencies (so very fine details in a picture) compared to low spatial frequencies (so rather broad shapes) contribute to emotion processing in infancy: Jessen, S. & Grossmann, T. (in press). Exploring…

New DFG Funding

We are very excited to receive new funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), which will allow us to continue our project investigating the impact of maternal odor on socioemotional processing in infancy for another 2 years!

New study on the subliminal processing of facial trustworthiness

Our new study investigating the unconscious processing of facial trustworthiness in 7-month-olds is out! Jessen, S. & Grossmann, T. (in press). Neural evidence for the subliminal processing of facial trustworthiness in infancy. Neuropsychologia.