Prof. Dr. Daniel B. M. Haun

Prof. Dr. Daniel B. M. Haun

Personal information

Haun, Daniel B. M., Prof. Dr.
Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthroplogy (MPI-EVA), Leipzig

Current position

Director of the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology, MPI-EVA & Professor Comparative Cultural Psychology, UL (since 2019);
Director of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development and Head of Research and Teaching Childcare Center, UL (since 2015)

Role within partner site

Research on effects of early social motivation on the development of competences; methods development of AI algorithms to assess child experiences as predictor for healthy development and health status;

Relevant work experience

Developmental psychologist;

2019–2020 Interim Professor Early Child Development and Culture, Leipzig University

2015–2019 Full Professor Early Child Development and Culture, Leipzig University

2014–2015 Full Professor (Developmental Psychology), University of Jena

2008–2013 Research Group leader (Comparative Cognitive Anthropology), MPI-EVA & MPI for Psycholinguistics

2008–2014 Honorary Lecturer (Developmental Psychology), University of Portsmouth, UK

2007–2008 Lecturer (Developmental Psychology), University of Portsmouth, UK

2006–2007 Postdoc (Comparative and Developmental Psychology), MPI-EVA, Leipzig

Professional background

2002–2007 PhD, Psychology (with highest distinction), MPI Psycholinguistics & Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, Netherlands

2001–2002 M.A. Psychology, University of South Carolina, USA

1997–2000 Vordiplom (B.A.), Psychology, University of Trier

Main research focus

Early social and cognitive development; cross-cultural variation in early socio-cognitive development; social motivation; spatial cognition;


5 out of 77; WOS h-index 26

Toppe T, …, Haun DBM (2020). Social inclusion increases over early childhood and is influenced by others’ group membership. Dev Psychol 56:324–335.

Leeuwen EJC, …, Haun DBM (2018). The development of human social learning across seven societies. Nat Commun 9:2076. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04468-2.

Nielsen M, Haun D et al (2017). The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action. J Exp Child Psychol 162:31–38.

Haun DBM, …, Edelson MG (2013). Majority influence in children and other animals. Dev Cogn Neurosci 3:61–71.

Haun DBM et al (2011). Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children. Child Dev 82:1759–1767.

Additional information

Committees: Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the German Development Institute (2013–2019), Scientific Advisor of the Austrian Integration Fund (Österreichischer Integrationsfonds, 2013–2014);
Editorial positions: Biology Letters (Editorial Board, since 2014), PLoS Biology (Academic Editor, since 2014), Frontiers in Cultural Psychology (Associate Editor, 2011–2016), Frontiers in Cognitive Science (Review Editor, 2012–2016);
Other: planned, implemented and directed a Master’s Program entitled M.Sc. Early Childhood Research at Leipzig University (since 2015);


One Team – One Vision

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner
Leipzig University
Department of Pediatrics
Liebigstr. 20a
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 26500

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Berner
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TUD
Department of Pediatrics
Fetscherstr. 74
01307 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 458 2440


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