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Claudia Elsner

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Visiting Researcher
celsner [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 

2015 - present - Postdoctoral Researcher, MPRG Naturalistic Social Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

2010 - 2015 - Ph.D., Uppsala University, Department of Psychology, Uppsala Child and Baby Lab

2010 - 2013 - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher ITN RobotDoC Project

2007 - 2010 - Diploma Psychology, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

2005 - 2007 - Bsc Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden

Research Interests: 

The general aim of my research is to understand how infants process their world around them, especially how they learn from others or through their experiences, as well as how they perceive our natural world. To address these questions, I use a wide range of methodologies, mainly eye-tracking and behavioral paradigms. During my PhD, I have been studying the mechanisms behind goal-directed eye movements during action observation and prediction, infants’ development of pro-social behavior and their understanding of gestures in social interactions. My current research projects investigate infants’ looking behaviour and categorisation abilities when they are presented with plants. I am also particularly interested in infants' social learning strategies selective to plants, such as their social information seeking behaviour before touching plants compared to other object types.


Selected Literature: 

Kominsky, J.F., Strickland, B., Wertz, A.E., Elsner, C., Wynn, K., & Keil, F.C. (in press). Categories and constraints in causal perception. Psychological Science.

Gredebäck, G., Kaduk, K. Bakker, M. Gottwald, J. Ekberg, T. Elsner, C. Reid, V., & Kenward, B (2015). The neuropsychology of infant's pro-social preferences. Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience , 12, 106-113.

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 Behaviour and Development, 44, 29-37.

Bakker, M., Kaduk, K., Elsner, C. , & Gredebäck, G (2015). The neural basis of non-verbal communication - enhanced processing of perceived give-me gestures in 9-month-olds girls. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 , 59.

Elsner, C. , Bakker, M., Rohlfing, K., & Gredebäck, G. (2014). Infants' online perception of give-and-take-interactions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 126 , 280-294.

Henrichs, I., Elsner, C. , Elsner, B., Wilkinson, N., & Gredebäck, G. (2014). Goal certainty modulates infants' goal-directed gaze shifts. Developmental Psychology, 50 , 100-107.

Elsner, C. , D'Ausilio, A., Gredebäck, G., Falck-Ytter, T. & Fadiga, L. (2013). The motorcortex is causally related to predictive eye action during action observation. Neuropsychologia, 51 , 488-492.

Henrichs I., Elsner, C. , Elsner, B. & Gredebäck, G. (2012). Goal salience affects infants' goal-directed gaze shifts. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 , 391.

Elsner, C. , Falck-Ytter, T., & Gredebäck, G. (2012). Humans anticipate the goal of other people's point-light actions. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 , 120.