Prof. Birgit Elsner

Birgit Elsner

Position:Professor of Developmental Psychology
Other functions:Leader, BabyLab at the University of Potsdam
Spokeperson, DFG Graduate Programme GRK1668
Spokeperson, PIER Project
Secretary:Thurley, Petra
Degree:Habilitation (2007, University of Heidelberg)
Dr. phil. (2000, University of Munich (LMU))
Dipl.-Psych. (1996, University of Göttingen)
Research:Early cognitive development
Office:Golm Campus, bldg 14, room 1.11
Office hours:Wed 11:00-12:00 am or by appointment
During semester break only by appointment.
Phone:+ 49-331/ 977-2862
Fax:+ 49-331/ 977-2860
Post:Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25, OT Golm, 14476 Potsdam
Further information:Curriculum vitae
Research Interests
Research projects

Birgit Elsner is full professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her research focuses on the development of cognitive processes in early infancy. Main aspects are social cognition and the understanding and control of intentional action. To investigate relations between cognitive and brain development, she combines methods of behavioral observations and physiological parameters (e.g., heart rate, EEG). Part of her research is supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG), and she collaborates with colleagues from Canada, UK, and the Netherlands. Together with Prof. Barbara Höhle (Psycholinguistics: Language Acquisition) she is head of the BabyLab of the University of Potsdam.


Postal address

Department Psychologie
Universität Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
OT Golm
14476 Potsdam

Visitor address

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
Potsdam - Golm
University Campus Golm
Building 14

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University of Potsdam, Germany