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Tobias Grossmann

Assistant Professor


Office Hours:
Mon: 3:30-5:00

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, 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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Selected Publications

Grossmann, T. (in press). The development of social brain functions in infancy. Psychological Bulletin.

Jessen, S. & Grossmann, T. (2014). Unconscious discrimination of social cues from eye whites in infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Missana, M., Atkinson, A. P., & Grossmann, T. (2014). Tuning the developing brain to emotional body expressions. Developmental Science.

Fairhurst, M. T., Löken, L., & Grossmann, T. (2014). Physiological and behavioral responses reveal 9-month-old infants' sensitivity to pleasant touch. Psychological Science, 25(5), 1124-1131.
Grossmann, T., Lloyd-Fox, S., & Johnson, M. H. (2013). Brain responses reveal young infants’ sensitivity to when a social partner follows their gaze. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 6, 155-161.

Grossmann, T. (2013). Mapping prefrontal cortex functions in human infancy. Infancy, 18, 303-324.

Grossmann, T., Cross, E. S., Ticini, L. F., & Daum, M. M. (2013). Action observation in the infant brain: The role of body form and motion. Social Neuroscience, 8, 22-30.

Grossmann, T., Vaish, A., Franz, J., Schroeder, R., Stoneking, M., & Friederici, A. D.(2013). Emotional voice processing: Investigating the role of genetic variation in the serotonin transporter across development. PLOS ONE, 8: e68377.

Grossmann, T., Missana, M., Friederici, A.D., & Ghazanfar, A.A. (2012). Neural correlates of multisensory perceptual narrowing in face-voice matching. Developmental Science, 15, 830-839.

Grossmann, T.,  Johnson, M.H., Vaish, A., Hughes, D., Quinque, D., & Friederici, A.D. (2011). Genetic and neural dissociation of individual responses to facial expressions of emotion in human infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 57-66.

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. (2010). Selective prefrontal cortex responses to joint attention in early infancy. Biology Letters, 6, 540-543.

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.

Grossmann, T. & Johnson, M. H. (2007). The development of the social brain in infancy. European Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 909-919.


Early Career Award of the International Society on Infant Studies (ISIS)

Early Career Research Contributions Award of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)