- Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program | Tobias Grossmann

Tobias Grossmann


Research Interest(s)

Developmental Social Neuroscience (with a specific focus on infancy)

Research Description

I study the early development of the social and affective abilities that enable us to interact with others and make sense of their social behavior. In particular, I am interested in the brain processes that underpin social interaction and cognition during infancy. I study the development of social brain functions across a range of situations in which infants can glean information from various different sources such as faces, voices, or biological motion. Moreover, my work aims at understanding how social development varies across infants and what genetic and environmental factors give rise to such individual differences.

Selected Publications

  • The development of social brain functions in infancy. Psychological bulletin. 2015;141(6): 1266-87. PMID: 25984728
  • Krol K, Monakhov M, Lai P, Ebstein R, Grossmann T. Genetic variation in CD38 and breastfeeding experience interact to impact infants' attention to social eye cues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2015;112(39): E5434-42. PMID: 26371313 | PMCID: PMC4593116
  • Fairhurst M, Löken L, Grossmann T. Physiological and behavioral responses reveal 9-month-old infants' sensitivity to pleasant touch. Psychological science. 2014;25(5): 1124-31. PMID: 24681587 | PMCID: PMC4017181
  • Jessen S, Grossmann T. Unconscious discrimination of social cues from eye whites in infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2014;111(45): 16208-13. PMID: 25349392 | PMCID: PMC4234573
  • Grossmann T, Oberecker R, Koch S, Friederici A. The developmental origins of voice processing in the human brain. Neuron. 2010;65(6): 852-8. PMID: 20346760 | PMCID: PMC2852650