Developmental Psychology - Dr. Maurits Adam

Dr. Maurits Adam

Dr. Maurits Adam

Postdoc in the DFG Priority Program "The Active Self"


Campus Golm
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Bldg 14, Room 1.36


consulting hours
by appointment

Between 2014 and 2018, Maurits Adam pursued his doctoral studies at the babylab Potsdam as part of an interdisciplinary project funded by the DFG. This project investigated the cross-domain influences of early word and action learning, and Maurits’ PhD thesis focused on the development of infants’ action processing during the first year of life.

In 2019, Maurits started his position as a postdoctoral researcher within the DFG Priority Program “The Active Self” and investigates critical components for infants’ predictive gaze behavior in collaboration with the University of Tübingen.


Adam, M., Gumbsch, C., Butz, M. V., & Elsner, B. (2021). The Impact of Action Effects on Infants’ Predictive Gaze Shifts for a Non-Human Grasping Action at 7, 11, and 18 Months. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, Article 695550, 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.695550

Gumbsch, C., Adam, M., Elsner, B., & Butz, M. V. (2021). Emergent Goal-Anticipatory Gaze in Infants via Event-Predictive Learning and Inference. Cognitive Science, 45: e13016. doi: 10.1111/cogs.13016

Adam, M., & Elsner, B. (2020). The impact of salient action effects on 6-, 7-, and 11-month-olds’ goal-predictive gaze shifts for a human grasping action. PLOS ONE 15(10): e0240165. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240165

Elsner, B., & Adam, M. (2020). Infants’ goal prediction for simple action events: The role of experience and agency cues. Topics in Cognitive Science. Available online March 4, 2020. doi: 10.1111/tops.12494

Eiteljoerge, S. F.V., Adam, M., Elsner, B., & Mani, N. (2019). Word-object and action-object association learning across early development. PLOS ONE, 14, e0220317. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220317

Eiteljoerge, S. F.V., Adam, M., Elsner, B., & Mani, N. (2019). Consistency of co-occurring actions influences young children’s word learning. R. Soc. open sci., 6, 190097. doi: 10.1098/rsos.190097

Adam, M., & Elsner, B. (2018). Action effects foster 11-month-olds’ prediction of action goals for a non-human agent. Infant Behavior and Development, 53, 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.09.002

Adam, M., Reitenbach, I. & Elsner, B. (2017). Agency cues and 11-month-olds' and adults' anticipation of action goals. Cognitive Development, 43, 37-48.

Adam, M., Reitenbach, I., Papenmeier, F., Gredebäck, G., Elsner, C., & Elsner, B. (2016). Goal saliency boosts infants' action prediction for human manual actions, but not for mechanical claws. Infant Behavior & Development, 44, 29-37.