Dr. Dr. Moritz Köster


Arbeitsbereich Kulturvergleichende Entwicklungspsychologie

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK24/134
14195 Berlin

Beruflicher Werdegang



seit 2017

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Post Doc

Freie Universität Berlin


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Doktorand

Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster



Technische Universität Kaiserslautern


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Lab Manager

Universität Osnabrück




Promotion in der Psychologie (Dr. phil., summa cum laude), Universität Osnabrück


Promotion in der Psychologie (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), Universität Münster


Diplom in Psychologie (mit Auszeichnung), Universität Osnabrück


Bachelor in Cognitive Science (mit Auszeichnung), Universität Osnabrück

Veranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2016:

  • Seminar: Culture and cognitive development

Veranstaltungen im Sommerssemester 2015:

  • Seminar: Development of Prosocial Behavior

  • Experimentalpraktikum: Die Entwicklung visueller Aufmerksamkeit

Veranstaltungen im Wintersemester 14/15:

  • Seminar: Gedächtnisentwicklung in der frühen Kindheit

Betreuung von Abschlussarbeiten zu den Themenbereichen:

  • Lernen und Lehren von Aufmerksamkeit

  • Entwicklung prosozialen Verhaltens

  • Gedächtnisentwicklung

  • Soziales Lernen im kulturellen Kontext (Methoden: Kulturvergleich, Eye-Tracking, EEG)
  • Kognitive und motivationale Grundlagen frühen Hilfeverhaltens (Methoden: Kulturvergleich, Eye-Tracking)
  • Neuronale Oszillationen als Indikatoren für Gedächtnisprozesse (Methoden: EEG, Polysomnographie)
  • Gedächtnisentwicklung im Kindesalter (Methoden: EEG, Verhaltensexperimente)

2019 & in press

Köster, M., Kayhan, E., Langeloh, M., & Höhl, S. (in press) Making Sense of the World – Infant Learning from a Predictive Processing Perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Dworazik, N., Kärtner, J., Lange, L., & Köster, M. (in press) Young children respond to moral dilemma like their mothers. Frontiers in Psychology. link

Köster, M.*, Langeloh, M.*, & Höhl, S. (2019) Visually entrained theta oscillations increase for unexpected events in the infant brain. Psychological Science.  doi.org/10.1177/0956797619876260

Köster, M., Martens, U., & Gruber, T. (2019). Memory entrainment by visually evoked theta-gamma coupling. Neuroimage. doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.12.002

Köster, M., & Kärtner, J. (2019). Why do infants help? A simple action reveals a complex phenomenon. Developmental Review. doi.org/10.1016/j.dr.2018.11.004

Köster, M., Itakura, S., Omori, M., & Kärtner, J. (2019). From understanding others’ needs to prosocial action: Motor and social abilities promote infants’ helping. Developmental Science. doi.org/10.1111/desc.12804

Schuhmacher, N., Köster, M., & Kärtner, J. (2019). Modeling prosocial behavior increases helping in 16-month-olds. Child Development. doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13054

Köster, M., Goeke, C., Bonkoch-Goeke, E., Hoffmann, T., & Kaspar, K. (2019). Auditory information support the learning transfer from L2 to L3 tonal languages. Current Psychology.  doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-9792-z


Köster, M.*, Finger, H.*, Graetz, S., Kater, M., & Gruber, T. (2018). Theta-gamma coupling binds visual perceptual features in an associative memory task. Scientific Reports.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35812-7

Köster, M., & Kärtner, J. (2018). Context-sensitive attention is socialized via a verbal route in the parent-child interaction. PLoS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207113

Köster, M., Itakura, S., Yovsi, R., & Kärtner, J. (2018). Visual attention in 5-year-olds from three different cultures. PLoS ONE.  doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200239

Fonseca, B., Cavalcante, L., Kärtner, J., & Köster, M. (2018). Maternal socialization goals and the spontaneous prosocial behavior of children in rural contexts. Psychology: Research and Review   doi.org/10.1186/s41155-018-0108-x

Schöne, B., Köster, M., & Gruber, T. (2018). Coherence in general and personal semantic knowledge. Experimental Brain Researchdoi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5324-1

Kruger, D.J., Köster, M., Nedelec, J.L., & Murphy, S.F. (2018). A life history framework advances the understanding of intentions for police cooperation. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.  doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000109


Köster, M., Castel, J., Gruber, T., & Kärtner, J. (2017). Visual cortical networks align with behavioral measures of context-sensitivity in early childhood. Neuroimage.  doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.008

Köster, M., Haese, A., Czernochowski, D. (2017). Neuronal oscillations reveal the processes underlying intentional compared to incidental learning in children and young adults. PLoS ONE.  doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182540

Köster, M., Finger, H., Kater, M., Schenk, C., & Gruber, T. (2017). Neuronal oscillations indicate sleep-dependent changes in the cortical memory trace. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.  doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01071


Köster, M., Cavalcante, L., Carvalho, R., & Resende, B. D., Kärtner, J. (2016). Cultural Influences on Toddlers’ Prosocial Behavior: How Maternal Task Assignment Relates to Helping Others. Child Development.  doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12636

Köster, M. (2016) What about microsaccades in the EEG of infants? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.  doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.0739

Köster, M., Ohmer, X., Nguyen, T. D., Kärtner, J. (2016) Infants understand others’ needs. Psychological Science.  doi.org/10.1177/0956797615627426


Köster, M., Schumacher, N., & Kärtner, J. (2015) A Cultural Perspective on Prosocial Development. Human Ethology Bulletin  link

Goeke, C., Gramann, K., Kornpetpanee, S., Köster, M., Revelles, F. & König, P. (2015). Cultural background shapes spatial reference frame proclivity. Scientific Reports.  doi.org/10.1038/srep11426

Köster, M., Rüth, M., Hamborg, K.-C., Kaspar, K. (2015). Effects of personalized banner ads on visual attention and recognition memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology.  doi.org/10.1002/acp.3080


Köster, M.*, Friese, U.*, Schöne, B., Trujillo-Barreto, N., & Gruber , T. (2014). Theta-gamma coupling during episodic retrieval in the human EEG. Brain Research.  doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2014.06.028


Friese, U.*, Köster, M.*, Hassler, U., Martens, U., Barreto, N. T., & Gruber, T. (2013). Successful memory encoding is associated with increased cross-frequency coupling between frontal theta and posterior gamma oscillations in human scalp-recorded EEG. Neuroimage.  doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.11.002

* Joint first authors