Dr. Patricia Kanngießer
Cross-Cultural Developmental Psychology
research group leader
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Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Plymouth
Interim-professor (W3) of Early Child Development and Culture
Freigeist Fellow/Research Group Leader
Freie Universität Berlin
PostDoc, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Researcher
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
PhD in PsychologyUniversity of Bristol
Studies in Biochemistry, Philosophy, NeuroscienceGoethe-Universität Frankfurt, University of Toronto, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
Field Research in Kenya (Kikuyu, 2013), Namibia (Akhoe Haikom, 2014), Argentinia (Wichi, 2014−2016), Bolivia (Quechua, 2015−2016) und India (2016)
Culture and Human Development (Summer Term)
- Socio-cognitive development
- Social norms
- Primate cognition
Molleman, L., Kanngiesser, P., van den Bos, W. (2019). Social learning strategies in adolescents:
the impact of adults, peers and household composition. PLOS ONE, preprint available at:
House, R. B., Kanngiesser, P., Barrett, H. C., Broesch, T., Cebioglu, S., Crittenden, A., Erut, A., Lew-Levy, S., Sebastian-Enesco, C., Smith, A., Yilmaz, S., Silk, J. (2019). Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behavior and development. Nature Human Behaviour
Kanngiesser, P., Rossano, F., Zeidler, H., Haun, D., Tomasello, M. (2019). Children’s respect for ownership across diverse societies. Developmental Psychology
Woike, J. K., Kanngiesser, P. (2019). Most people keep their word rather than their money. Open Mind, 3, 68-88.
Kanngiesser, P., Rossano, F., Frickel, R., Tomm, A., Tomasello, M. (2019). Children, but not great apes, respect ownership. Developmental Science, e12842.
Petrowski, M., Kanngiesser, P., Friedman, O. (2019). Two- and three-year-olds consider ownership when selecting and allocating resources. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 185, 214-223.
Weltzien, S., Marsh, L., Kanngiesser, P., Stuijfzand, B., Hood, B. (2019). Considering self or others across two cultural contexts: How children's resource allocations are affected by self-construal manipulations. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 184, 139-157.
Isella, M.*, Kanngiesser, P.*, Tomasello, M. (2019). Children's selective trust in promises. Child Development
Marsh, L., Kanngiesser, P., Hood, B. (2018). When and how does labour lead to love? The ontogeny and mechanisms of the IKEA effect. Cognition, 170, 245-253.
Kanngiesser, P., Köymen, B., Tomasello, M. (2017). Young children mostly keep, and expect others to keep, their promises. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 140-158.
Hood, B., Weltzien, S., Marsh, L., Kanngiesser, P. (2016). Picture yourself: Self-focus and the endowment effect in preschool children. Cognition, 152, 70-77.
Kanngiesser, P., Woike, J. K. (2016). Framing the debate on human-like framing-effects in bonobos and chimpanzees: Comment on Krupenye, Rosati & Hare. Biology Letters, 12, 20150718.
Kanngiesser, P., Schmidt, M.F.H., Rossano, F. (2016) Young children's understanding of social norms and social institutions. United Nations Handbook on Women and Children as Victims and Offenders (edited by H. Kury, S. Redo, E. Shea)
Kanngiesser, P., Rossano, F., Tomasello, M. (2015). Late emergence of the first possession ownership heuristic: evidence from a small-scale culture. Child Development, 86, 1282-1289.
Kanngiesser, P., Itakura, S., Zhou, Y., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Hood, B. (2015). The role of social eye-gaze in children's and adults' ownership attributions to robotic agents in three cultures. Interaction Studies, 16, 1-28.
Kanngiesser, P., Hood, B. M., Itakura, S. (2014). The effect of labour on ownership decisions in two cultures: developmental evidence from Japan and the UK. British Journal of Develomental Psychology, 32, 320-329.
Kanngiesser, P., Hood, B.M. (2014). Not by labor alone: Considerations for value influence ownership transfers following the investment of labor. Cognitive Science, 38, 353-366.
Kanngiesser, P., Hood, B. (2014). Young Children's Understanding of Ownership Rights in Newly Created Objects. Cognitive Development, 29, 30-40.
Kanngiesser, P., Warneken, F. (2012). Young children take merit into account when sharing rewards. PLoS ONE, 7, e43979.
Kanngiesser, P., Santos, L. R., Hood, B., Call, J. (2011). The Limits of Endowment Effects in Great Apes. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125, 436-445.
Kanngiesser, P., Sueur, C., Riedl, K., Grossmann, J., Call, J. (2011). Grooming network cohesion and the role of individuals in a group of captive chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology, 73, 758-767.
Kanngiesser, P., Gjersoe, N., Hood, B. M. (2010). The Effect of Creative Labour on Property-Ownership Transfer by Preschool Children and Adults. Psychological Science, 21, 1236-1241.
Kanngiesser, P., Call, J. (2010). Bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orang utans use feature and spatial cues in two spatial memory tasks. Animal Cognition, 13, 419-430.
Potì, P., Kanngiesser, P., Saporiti, M., Amiconi, A., Blaesing, B., Call, J. (2010). Searching in the Middle - Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36, 92-109.