University of Erfurt

Infant and Toddler Research in Thuringia

Dr. rer. nat. David Buttelmann

Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe “Kleinkindforschung in Thüringen”

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Universität Erfurt
Nordhäuser Straße 63  

D-99089 Erfurt

Location: LG 1 / -151

Educational Responsibilities

SS 2012

B.A. LLTP/PdK Lecture "Developmental Psychology" (PSY 130 #01 / PdK 150 #01), University of Erfurt (> 300 Students)

WS 2011|2012

MA-Seminar "Optimiying Individual Development (Applications)" (PSY 435 #01), University of Erfurt

Every term since SS 2011

Project seminar "Human Social Cognition" / Supervision of BA-Theses (PSY 280 #01), University of Erfurt

2010 – present

Supervision of graduate students (Diploma, Ph.D.) at the University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

2006 – 2011

Supervision of graduate students at MPI EVA, Leipzig, Germany

2001 – 2005

Supervision of research interns at MPI EVA, Leipzig, Germany

2000 – 2005 (weekly)

Teaching classes (Biology, Comparative Psychology, Wildlife Conservation) at Leipzig Zoo with focus an primates, Leipzig, Germany


Research interests:

  • Social-Cognitive prerequisites for participation in shared activities
  • Understanding of others’ goal-directed and intentional actions
  • Other mental state attribution (desires and beliefs)
  • Comparative hominid cognition
  • Infants and young children, great apes, and dogs



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