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Dr. Patricia Kanngießer

Cross-Cultural Developmental Psychology

research group leader

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK24/138
D-14195 Berlin
49 30 838 4595 54

Since June 1st 2020 I have been employed at the University of Plymouth.




Associate Professor in Psychology

University of Plymouth


(2 semesters)

Interim-professor (W3) of Early Child Development and Culture

Universität Leipzig


Freigeist Fellow/Research Group Leader

Freie Universität Berlin


PostDoc, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Researcher

Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig



Visiting Researcher

Kyoto University



Research Fellow

Harvard University


PhD in Psychology

University of Bristol

Studies in Biochemistry, Philosophy, Neuroscience

Goethe-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)

  • Socio-cognitive development
  • Social norms
  • Cooperation
  • Socialisation
  • Cross-cultural
  • Primate cognition

accepted/in press

House, R. B., Kanngiesser, P., Barrett, H. C., Erut, A., Sebastian-Enesco, C., Smith, A., Yilmaz,
S., Silk, J. (accepted). Social norms and cultural diversity in the development of third-party
punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences


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. (accepted). Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behavior and development. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 36-44.


Molleman, L., Kanngiesser, P., van den Bos, W. (2019). Social learning strategies in adolescents:
The impact of adults, peers and household composition. PLOS ONE, 14, e0225498.

Kanngiesser, P., Rossano, F., Zeidler, H., Haun, D., Tomasello, M. (2019). Children’s respect for ownership across diverse societies. Developmental Psychology, 55, 2286–2298.

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. (2018). Children's selective trust in promises. Child Development, 90, e868–e887.  *equal contribution


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 keep, and mostly expect others to keep, their promises. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 140-158. doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2017.02.004


Hood, B., Weltzien, S., Marsh, L., Kanngiesser, P. (2016). Picture yourself: Self-focus and the endowment effect in preschool children. Cognition, 152, 70-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.03.019

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. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0718

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. doi:10.1111/cdev.12365

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. doi:10.1075/is.16.1.01kan


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. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12043

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. doi:10.1111/cogs.12095

Kanngiesser, P., Hood, B. (2014). Young Children's Understanding of Ownership Rights in Newly Created Objects. Cognitive Development, 29, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2013.09.003


Kanngiesser, P., Warneken, F. (2012). Young children take merit into account when sharing rewards. PLoS ONE, 7, e43979. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043979


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. doi:10.1037/a0024516

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. doi:10.1002/ajp.20914


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. doi:10.1177/0956797610380701

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. doi:10.1007/s10071-009-0291-3

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. doi:10.1037/a0015970