Tobias Grossmann

Primary Appointment

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology


Research Interest(s)

Brain processes that underpin social interaction and cognition during 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.

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  • The development of social brain functions in infancy. Psychological bulletin. 2015;141(6): 1266-87. PMID: 25984728
  • Altvater-Mackensen N, Mani N, Grossmann T. Audiovisual Speech Perception in Infancy: The Influence of Vowel Identity and Infants' Productive Abilities on Sensitivity to (Mis)Matches Between Auditory and Visual Speech Cues. Developmental psychology. 2015. PMID: 26595352
  • Jessen S, Grossmann T. The developmental emergence of unconscious fear processing from eyes during infancy. Journal of experimental child psychology. 2015;142 334-43. PMID: 26493612
  • 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
  • Rajhans P, Missana M, Krol K, Grossmann T. The association of temperament and maternal empathy with individual differences in infants' neural responses to emotional body expressions. Development and psychopathology. 2015;27(4): 1205-16. PMID: 26439071
  • 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
  • Missana M, Atkinson A, Grossmann T. Tuning the developing brain to emotional body expressions. Developmental science. 2014;18(2): 243-53. PMID: 25041388
  • Missana M, Grossmann T. Infants' emerging sensitivity to emotional body expressions: insights from asymmetrical frontal brain activity. Developmental psychology. 2014;51(2): 151-60. PMID: 25546593
  • Grossmann T, Lloyd-Fox S, Johnson M. Brain responses reveal young infants' sensitivity to when a social partner follows their gaze. Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 2013;6 155-61. PMID: 24185257
  • Grossmann T, Vaish A, Franz J, Schroeder R, Stoneking M, Friederici A. Emotional voice processing: investigating the role of genetic variation in the serotonin transporter across development. PloS one. 2013;8(7): e68377. PMID: 23861897 | PMCID: PMC3704581
  • Grossmann T, Cross E, Ticini L, Daum M. Action observation in the infant brain: the role of body form and motion. Social neuroscience. 2012;8(1): 22-30. PMID: 22694145 | PMCID: PMC3556794
  • Grossmann T, Johnson M, Vaish A, Hughes D, Quinque D, Stoneking M, Friederici A. Genetic and neural dissociation of individual responses to emotional expressions in human infants. Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 2012;1(1): 57-66. PMID: 22436418
  • Grossmann T, Missana M, Friederici A, Ghazanfar A. Neural correlates of perceptual narrowing in cross-species face-voice matching. Developmental science. 2012;15(6): 830-9. PMID: 23106737
  • Grossmann T, Johnson M. Selective prefrontal cortex responses to joint attention in early infancy. Biology letters. 2010;6(4): 540-3. PMID: 20106861 | PMCID: PMC2936215
  • 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
  • Grossmann T, Johnson M. The development of the social brain in human infancy. The European journal of neuroscience. 2007;25(4): 909-19. PMID: 17331189