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Developmental Psychology - Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner

Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner

Professor of Developmental Psychology


Campus Golm
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Bldg 14, Room 1.11


consulting hours
Wed 11:00- 12:00
(during the lecture period)
and by appointment

Contact regarding the supervision of bachelor and master theses in developmental psychology:

Academic degrees:

Habilitation (2007, University of Heidelberg)

Dr. phil. (2000, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich / Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research Munich)

Diploma in Psychology (1996, University of Göttingen)

Other functions:

Head of the BabyLAB of the University of Potsdam (together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle)

Spokesperson of the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences at the University of Potsdam

Deputy Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit FOR 2253

Founding Member of PINA (Potsdam Research Institute for Early Learning & Educational Action)

Spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group GRK1668 and the PIER study (until 2016)

Member of the Senate of the University of Potsdam (until 09/2022)

Member of the Committee for the Study and Teaching of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) (until 12/2022)

Research interests:

  • (social-)cognitive development in early infancy (mainly understanding of other people’s actions, imitative learning, control of intentional action)
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (neural correlates of cognitive development)
  • relations between cognitive abilities (mainly executive functions, theory of mind) and developmental problems in middle childhood

Publications indicators:

Curriculum vitae and administrative positions

Research projects