Profile of the Leipzig Research Center
for Early Child Development (LFE)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Haun

Director || Head of Department  |  Research Group Haun

Early Child Development and Culture
Faculty of Education at Leipzig University
Jahnallee 59, Office 104
D-04109 Leipzig

T +49 (0) 341 97 31 871
F +49 (0) 341 97 31 879

Office hour:
Mon 10-11 a.m.

2015 -Director
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development | Leipzig University, Germany

Professor of Early Child Development and Culture
Leipzig University, Germany
2014 - 2015Professor of Developmental Psychology
University of Jena, Germany
2013 - 2015Guest Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2008 - 2013Research Group Leader Comparative Cognitive Anthropology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany || Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2008 - 2014Honorary Lecturer for Developmental Psychology
University of Portsmouth, UK
2007 - 2008Lecturer for Developmental Psychology
University of Portsmouth, UK
2006 - 2007Post Doc
Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2002 - 2007PhD in Psychology (with highest distinction)
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands || Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Supervisors: Prof. Stephen C. Levinson and Prof. Gabriele Janzen
2003 - 2004Marie-Curie PhD Stipend
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience | University College London, UK
2002 - 2006PhD Student
Language and Cognition Group | Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2001 - 2002M.A. in Psychology
University of South Carolina, USA
Supervisor: Prof. Gary L. Allen
1997 - 2000B.A. in Psychology
University of Trier
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Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (in press). Tool use for corpse cleaning in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Scientific Reports

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. (2017). Orientation toward humans predicts cognitive performance in orang-utans. Scientific Reports, 7, 40052.


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. DOI: 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. Doi: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. doi: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.

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. doi: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.