Tobias Grossmann

Associate Professor of Psychology

Toby Grossman

Office Address

310 Gilmer Hall


2012-2016 Group Leader Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
2012 Habilitation Heidelberg University
2007-2011 Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow University of London, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
2006 Ph.D. Leipzig University/Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Research Interests

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, bodies, voices, or through touch. 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

  • Grossmann, T. (2015). The development of social brain functions during infancy. Psychological Bulletin, 141, 1266-87.
  • Krol, K.M., Monakhov, M., Lai, P.S., Ebstein, R., & Grossmann, T. (2015). 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, 112, E5434–E5442.
  • Jessen, S. & Grossmann, T. (2014). Unconscious discrimination of social cues from eye whites in infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 16208-16213.
  • Fairhurst, M. T., Löken, L., & Grossmann, T. (2014). Physiological and behavioral responses reveal 9-month-old infants' sensitivity to pleasant touch. Psychological Science, 25, 1124-1131.
  • Grossmann, T. (2013). Mapping prefrontal cortex function in human infancy. Infancy, 18, 303-324.
  • Grossmann, T., Oberecker, R., Koch, S.P., & Friederici, A.D. (2010).  The developmental origins of voice processing in the human brain. Neuron, 65, 852-858.
  • Grossmann, T., Johnson, M. H., Lloyd-Fox, S., Blasi, A., Deligianni, F., Elwell, C., & Csibra, G. (2008). Early cortical specialization for face-to-face communication in human infants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275, 2803-2811.
  • Vaish, A., Grossmann, T., & Woodward, A. (2008). Not all emotions are created equal: The negativity bias in early social-emotional development. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 383-403.