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

Dr. Manuela Missana

Study Coordinator M.Sc. Early Childhood Research  |  Research Group Haun

Early Child Development and Culture
Faculty of Education at Leipzig University
Jahnallee 59, Office 22 (Ground Floor)
D-04109 Leipzig

T +49 (0) 341 97 31 878
F +49 (0) 341 97 31 879


Office Hours: Mo – Tue | 9 am – 2 pm

01/2018 –Study Coordinator
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development
2015 –Post-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


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.