Das Leipziger Forschungszentrum für
frühkindliche Entwicklung (LFE) im Profil

Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun

Direktor || Forschungsgruppenleiter  |  AG Haun

Frühkindliche Entwicklung und Kultur
Erziehungswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Leipzig
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04109 Leipzig

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2019 –Direktor
Abteilung für Vergleichende Kulturpsychologie | Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
2015 –Professor für frühkindliche Entwicklung und Kultur
Universität Leipzig

Leipziger Forschungszentrum für frühkindliche Entwicklung | Universität Leipzig

Kindertagesstätte mit Forschungsprofil | Universität Leipzig
2014 – 2015Professor für Entwicklungspsychologie
Universität Jena
2013 – 2015Gastwissenschaftler
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
2008 – 2013Forschungsgruppenleiter Vergleichende kognitive Anthropologie
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig || Max-Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Niederlande
2008 – 2014Honorardozent für Entwicklungspsychologie
Universität Portsmouth, UK
2007 – 2008Dozent für Entwicklungspsychologie
Universität Portsmouth, UK
2006 – 2007Post-Doc
Abteilung für Vergleichende und Entwicklungspsychologie | Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig
2002 – 2007PhD in Psychologie (summa cum laude)
Max-Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Niederlande || Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, Niederlande
Betreuer: Prof. Stephen C. Levinson und Prof. Gabriele Janzen
2003 – 2004Marie-Curie Promotionsstipendium
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience | University College London, UK
2002 – 2006Doktorand
Language and Cognition Group | Max-Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Niederlande
2001 – 2002M.A. in Psychologie
University of South Carolina, USA
Betreuer: Prof. Gary L. Allen
1997 – 2000Vordiplom in Psychologie
Universität Trier
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Population-specific social dynamics in chimpanzees. PNAS, 115 (45), 11393-11400. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1722614115

Schrimpf, A., McGarvey, S., Haun, D.B.M, Kube, J., Villringer, A., & Gaebler, M. (2018). Socio-cultural norms of body size in Westerners and Polynesians affect heart rate variability and emotion during social interactions. Culture and Brain, 6 (12). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40167-018-0071-5

Leeuwen, E. J., Cohen, E., Collier-Baker, E., Rapold, C. J., Schäfer, M., Schütte, S., & Haun, D. B. (2018). The development of human social learning across seven societies. Nature communications, 9(1), 2076.

Liebal, K., & Haun, D. B. M. (2018). Why cross-cultural psychology is incomplete without comparative and developmental perspectives. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(5), 751-763.

Haun, D.B.M. & Liebal, K. (invited). Towards a developmental theory of mind: Wilhelm Wundt’s comparative approach to psychology. Topics in Cognitive Science

Kaminski, J., Girndt, A., Liebal, K., Haun, D.B.M. (submitted). Understanding others’ preferences: a comparative and cross-cultural study.

Rekers, Y., Cronin, K.A., Haun, D.B.M. (submitted). Behavioural co-variation increases motivation to interact in two-year-old children and other great apes.

Sauter, D., Crasborn, O., Haun, D.B.M. (submitted). Human emotional vocalisations can develop in the absence of auditory learning.

Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Over, H., & Haun, D.B.M. (submitted). Semi-wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are susceptible to minimal advertising.

Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Cohen, E., Collier-Baker, E., Rapold, C..J., Schäfer, M., Schütte, S., & Haun, D.B.M. (re-submitted). Majority influence in human social learning develops universally across seven societies. Nature Communications

Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (re-submitted). Population-specific social dynamics in chimpanzees. PNAS


Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D.B.M. (2017). Tool use for corpse cleaning in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Scientific Reports, 7, 44091.

Gretscher, H., Tempelmann, S., Haun, D.B.M., Liebal, K., & Kaminski, J. (2017). Prelinguistic human infants and great apes show different communicative strategies in a triadic request situation. PloS one, 12(4), e0175227.

Nielsen, M., Haun, D.B.M., Kärtner, J., & Legare, C.H. (2017). The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 31–38.

Van Leeuwen, E. J., Mundry, R., Cronin, K. A., Bodamer, M., & Haun, D. B. (2017). Chimpanzee culture extends beyond matrilineal family units. Current Biology, 27 (12), R588-R590

Damerius, L.A.*, Forss, S.I.F.*, Kosonen, Z.K., Willems, E.P., Burkart, J.M., Call, J., Galdikas, B.M., Liebal, K., Haun, D.B.M., van Schaik, C.P. (i2017). Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orang-utans. Scientific Reports, 7, 40052. * These two authors contributed equally.


Acerbi, A., van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Kendal, R. L., Tennie, C., & Haun, D.B.M. (2016). Conformity cannot be identified based on population-level signatures. Scientific Reports, 6, 36068. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36068

Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Acerbi, A., Haun, D.B.M. & Tennie, C. (2016). A reappreciation of ‚conformity’. Animal Behaviour. (available online since 21st October 2016)

Haun, D.B.M. & Tomasello, M. (2016). How to compare across species. (Commentary) Psychological Science, 27(12), 1670-1672. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797615595229

Christie, S., Gentner, D., Call, J., Haun, D.B.M. (2016). Sensitivity to Relational Similarity and Object Similarity in Apes and Children. Current Biology 22(4), 531-535.

Zeidler, H., Herrmann, E., Haun, D.B.M.*, Tomasello, M.* (2016). Taking Turns or Not? Children’s Approach to Limited Resource Problems in Three Different Cultures. Child Development 87(3), 677-688.
* These two authors contributed equally.

Nielsen, M., Haun, D.B.M. (2016). Why developmental psychology is incomplete without comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 371 (1686), 20150071

Richter, N., Tiddemann, B., & Haun, D.B.M. (2016). Morphological Self-Similarity Predicts Social Preference in Preschoolers. PloS one, 11 (1), e0145443


Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Kendal, R.L., Tennie, C., & Haun, D.B.M. (2015). Conformity and its look-a-likes. Animal Behavior. Animal Behaviour, 110, e1-e4

Schäfer, M., Haun, D.B.M., Tomasello, M. (2015). Fair is not fair everywhere. Psychological Science, 26(8), 1252-1260.


Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Call, J., & Haun, D.B.M. (2014). Human children rely more on social information than chimpanzees. Biology Letters,10(11), 20140487.

Haun, D.B.M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Children conform the the behavior of peers; other Great apes stick with what they know. Psychological Science, 25(12), 2160-2167.

Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., & Haun, D.B.M. (2014). Conformity without majority? The case for demarcating social from majority influences. Animal Behaviour, 96, 187-194.

Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). A group-specific arbitrary tradition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Animal Cognition, 17, 1421–1425

Liebal, K., Vaish, A., Haun, D.B.M., Tomasello, M. (2014). Does sympathy motivate prosocial behaviour in great apes? PLoS One, 9(1), e84299

Cronin, K. A., Pieper, B., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Mundry, R., & Haun, D. B. M.(2014). Problem solving in the presence of others: How rank and relationship quality impact resource acquisition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLoS One, 9(4): e93204. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0093204

Cronin, K. A., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Vreeman, V., & Haun, D. B. M. (2014). Population-level variability in the social climates of four chimpanzee societies. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(5), 389–396.


Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Cronin, K.A., Schütte, S., Call, J., & Haun, D.B.M. (2013). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Flexibly Adjust Their Behaviour in Order to Maximize Payoffs, Not to Conform to Majorities. PloS one, 8(11), e80945.

Messner, D., Guarín, A., & Haun, D.B.M. (2013). The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation. Global Cooperation Research Papers, 1.

Cohen, E. & Haun, D.B.M. (2013). The development of tag-based cooperation via a socially acquired trait. Evolution & Human Behavior. 43(3), 230-235.

Van Leeuwen, E.J.C. & Haun, D.B.M. (2013) Conformity in nonhuman primates: fad or fact? Evolution & Human Behaviour, 34, 1-7.

Haun, D.B.M., van Leeuwen, E., & Edelson, M. (2013). Conformity in children and other great apes. (review paper). Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 61-71.


Van Leeuwen, E.J.C., Cronin, K.A., Haun, D.B.M., Mundry, R., & Bodamer, M.D. (2012). Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279 (1746), 4362-4367.

Gretscher, H., Haun, D.B.M., Liebal, K., & Kaminski, J. (2012). Orangutans rely on orientation cues and egocentric rules when judging others’ perspectives in a competitive food task. Animal Behaviour, 84, 323-331.

Liebal, K., & Haun, D.B.M. (2012). The importance of comparative psychology for developmental science. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6, 21–23.

Haun, D.B.M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello M. (2012). Majority biased transmission in chimpanzees and human children, but not orangutans. Current Biology, 22, 727-731.
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Janzen, G., Haun, D.B.M., & Levinson, S.C. (2012). Tracking down abstract linguistic meaning: Neural correlates of relative and intrinsic frames of reference. Plos ONE, 7(2), e30657.

MacLean, E.L., Matthews, L.J., Hare, B.A., Nunn, C.L., Anderson, R.C., Aureli, F., Brannon, E.M., Call, J., Drea, C.M., Emery, N.J., Haun, D.B.M., Herrmann, E., Jacobs, L.F., Platt, M.L., Rosati, A.G., Sandel, A.A., Schroepfer, K.K., Seed, A.M., Tan, J., van Schaik, C.P., & Wobber, V. (2012). How does cognition evolve?: Phylogenetic comparative psychology. Animal Cognition, 15, 223-238.

Hribar, A., Haun, D.B.M., & Call, J. (2012). Children’s reasoning about spatial relational similarity: The effect of alignment. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 490-500.


Haun, D.B.M., Nawroth, C., & Call J. (2011). Great apes’ risk-taking strategies in a decision making task. PLoS One, 6(12), e28801.

Haun, D.B.M. (2011). Memory for body movements in Namibian hunter-gatherer children. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 10(1), 56-62.

Haun, D.B.M., & Tomasello M. (2011). Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children. Child Development, 82, 1750-1767.

Haun, D.B.M., Rapold, C., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S.C. (2011). Plasticity of human spatial memory: Spatial language and cognition covary across cultures. Cognition, 119, 70-80.

Hribar, A., Haun, D.B.M., & Call J. (2011). Great apes’ strategies to map spatial relations. Animal Cognition, 14, 511-523.

Rekers, Y., Haun, D.B.M., Tomasello M. (2011). Children, but not chimpanzees, prefer to collaborate. Current Biology, 21, 1756-1758.

Sauter, D., LeGuen, O., & Haun, D.B.M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion. 11(6), 1479. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0025336


Haun, D.B.M., Jordan, F.M., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. (2010). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 552-560. (review paper)

Martin-Ordas, G., Haun, D.B.M., Colmenares, F., & Call J. (2010). Keeping track of time: evidence for episodic-like memory in great apes. Animal Cognition, 13(2), 331-340.


Haun, D.B.M., & Rapold, C. (2009). Variation in memory for body movements across cultures. Current Biology, 19(23), R1068-R1069.

Haun, D.B.M., & Call J. (2009). Great Apes’ capacities to recognize relational similarity. Cognition, 110, 147-159.


Haun, D.B.M., & Call J. (2008). Imitation recognition in great apes. Current Biology, 18 , R288-R290.

Haun, D.B.M., Rapold, C., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S.C. (2006). Cognitive cladistics and cultural override in Hominid spatial cognition. PNAS, 103, 17568-17573.

Haun, D.B.M., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S.C. (2006). Evolutionary psychology of spatial representations in the Hominidae. Current Biology, 16, 1736-1740.

Haun, D.B.M., Allen, G.L., & Wedell, D.H. (2005). Bias in spatial memory: A categorical endorsement. Acta Psychologica, 118, 149-170.

Majid, A., Bowerman, M., Kita, S., & Haun, D.B.M., Levinson, S.C. (2004). Can language restructure cognition? The case for space. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(3), 108-114.

Waller, D., Loomis, J.M., & Haun, D.B.M. (2004). Bodybased senses enhance knowledge of directions in largescale environments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 157 – 163.

Allen, G.L., Kirasic, K.C., Rashotte, M.A., & Haun, D.B.M. (2004). Aging and path integration skill: Kinesthetic and vestibular contributions to wayfinding. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(1), 170-179.

Waller, D., & Haun, D.B.M. (2003). Scaling techniques for modeling directional knowledge. Behavior Research, Methods, Instruments and Computers, 35, 285 – 293.

Levinson, S.C., Kita, S., Haun, D.B.M., & Rasch, B.H. (2002). Returning the tables: Language affects spatial reasoning. Cognition 84,(2), 155-188.