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

Dr. Manuela Missana

Therapist in training – KJP
Practice for child and adolescent psychotherapy (IVT teaching practice)

2021 –Practice for child and adolescent psychotherapy (IVT teaching practice)
2020 – 2021Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Carl von Basedow Clinic Saale District
2019 – 2021Psychotherapeutic university outpatient clinic
Employee Research Group Schmitz
01/2018 – 06/2020Study Coordinator
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development
2015 – 2020Post-Doc
Department of Early Child Development and Culture | Leipzig University

Guest Scientist
Research Group "Social Stress and Family Health" | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences
2010 – 2015PhD in Psychology
Heidelberg University || Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences
Thesis title: “Infant processing of emotional faces and bodies: Insights from event-related potentials and asymmetrical frontal brain activity”
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Grossmann
2002 – 2010M.A. in Education
Leipzig University
Minor: Psychology, American Studies


Puglia, M. H., Krol, K. M., Missana, M., Williams, C. L.,Lillard, T. S.,Morris, J. P.,Connelly, J. J. and Grossmann, T.(2020). Epigenetic tuning of brain signal entropy in emergent human social behavior, BMC Medicine, 18:244.


Grossmann, T., Missana, M., & Krol, K. M. (2018). The neurodevelopmental precursors of altruistic behavior in infancy. PLoS biology, 16(9), e2005281.


Missana, M., Altvater-Mackensen, N., & Grossmann, T. (2017). Neural correlates of infants’ sensitivity to vocal expressions in peers. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 39-44.


Rajhans, P., Jessen, S., Missana, M., & Grossmann, T. (2016). Putting the face in context: Body expressions impact facial emotion processing in human infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 115-121.


Rajhans, P., Missana, M., Krol, K. M., & Grossmann, T. (2015). The association of temperament and maternal empathy with individual differences in infants’ neural responses to emotional body expressions. Development and Psychopathology, 27(4pt1), 1205-1216

Missana, M., Atkinson, A. P., & Grossmann, T. (2015). Tuning the developing brain to emotional body expressions. Developmental Science, 18, 243-253.

Krol, K. M., Rajhans, P., Missana, M., & Grossmann, T. (2015). Duration of exclusive breastfeeding is associated with differences in infants’ brain responses to emotional body expressions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8: 459.

Missana, M., & Grossmann, T. (2015). Infants’ emerging sensitivity to emotional body expressions: Insights from frontal asymmetrical brain activity. Developmental Psychology, 51, 151-160.


Missana, M., Rajhans, P., Atkinson, A. P., & Grossmann, T. (2014). Discrimination of fearful and happy body postures in 8-month-old infants: An event-related potential study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 531.

Missana, M., Grigutsch, M., & Grossmann, T. (2014). Developmental and individual differences in the neural processing of dynamic expressions of pain and anger. PLoS One, 9(4): e93728.


Grossmann, T., Missana, M., Friederici, A. D., & Ghazanfar, A. A. (2012). Neural correlates of perceptual narrowing in cross-species face-voice matching. Developmental Science, 15(6), 830-839.


Vaish, A., Missana, M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Three-year-old children intervene in third-party moral transgressions. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29(1), 124-130.