Daniel Haun (Research Group Leader)


MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
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MPI for Psycholinguistics
Wundtlaan 1, 6525 XD Nijmegen, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0)24 352 179
fax: +31 (0)24 352 213
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Research Interest

Daniel Haun is interested in cross-cultural variability of cognition, comparative and developmental social psychology and comparative great ape cognition. He studied experimental psychology in Germany, the United States and England. In 2007 he completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics investigating cross-cultural variability of spatial cognition under the supervision of Stephen Levinson. He then studied spatial and social cognition in non-human great apes and children as a post-doctoral researcher for Josep Call at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. In the same year, he accepted a position as lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. He is currently directing the Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology, a joint project of the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology. Ongoing projects include research on cross-cultural variability of the cognition of space and time and the expression and comprehension of emotions. He is also involved in projects on analogy, the social role of imitation, sharing and prosociality and conformity to peer pressure. He regularly conducts field research in the Kalahari Desert and in Kalimantan.


Curriculum Vitae

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in press

  • Guarin, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Messner, D. (in press). Behavioral dimensions of international cooperation.

  • Haun, D. B. M., & Over, H. (in press). Like me: A homophily-based account of human culture (in press). In P. J. Richerson, & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Haun, D.B.M. & Wertenbruch, M. (in press). Forschungen und Entwicklungen zum Konzept der Ehre als Potential für Konflikte zwischen Kulturen bzw. als Hindernis für Integration. Dossier des Österreichischen Integrationsfonds.

  • Jordan, F. M., van Schaik, C. P., Francois, P., Gintis, H., Haun, D. B. M., Hruschka, D. H., Janssen, M. A., Kitts, J. A., Lehmann, L., Mathew, S., Richerson, P. J., Turchin, P., & Wiessner, P. Cultural Evolution of the Structure of Human Groups (in press). In P. J. Richerson, & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


  • Cohen, E., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). The development of tag-based cooperation via a socially acquired trait. Evolution and Human Behavior, 43(3), 230-235. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.02.001. [link]

  • Haun, D. B. M., Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., & Edelson, M. G. (2013). Majority influence in children and other animals. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 61-71. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2012.09.003. [link]

  • Van Leeuwen, E. J., & Haun, D. B. M. (2013). Conformity in nonhuman primates: fad or fact? Evolution and Human Behavior, 43(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.07.005. [link]


  • Gretscher, H., Haun, D.B.M., Liebal, K., & Kaminski, J. (2012). Orangutans rely on orientation cues and egocentric rules when judging others' perspectives in a competitive food task. Animal Behaviour, 84, 323-331. Doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.04.021. [link]
  • Haun, D.B.M., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello M. (2012). Chimpanzees and human children, but not orangutans, prefer to learn from the majority. Current Biology 22(8), 727–731, Doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.006 [link]
  • Hribar, A., Haun, D.B.M., & Call, J. (2012). Children's reasoning about spatial relational similarity: The effect of alignment. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 490-500. Doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2011.11.004 [link]
  • Janzen, G., Haun, D.B.M., & Levinson, S.C. (2012). Tracking down abstract linguistic meaning: Neural correlates of relative and intrinsic frames of reference. Plos ONE, 7(2), e30657. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030657 [link]
  • Liebal, K., & Haun, D.B.M. (2012). The importance of comparative psychology for developmental science. International Journal of Developmental Science,  6, 21–23. Doi: 10.3233/DEV-2012-11088 [link]
  • MacLean, E.L., Matthews, L.J., Hare, B.A., Nunn, C.L., Anderson, R.C., Aureli, F., Brannon, E.M., Call, J., Drea, C.M., Emery, N.J., Haun, D.B.M., Herrmann, E., Jacobs, L.F., Platt, M.L., Rosati, A.G., Sandel, A.A., Schroepfer, K.K., Seed, A.M., Tan, J., van Schaik, C.P., & Wobber, V. (2012). How does cognition evolve?: Phylogenetic comparative psychology. Animal Cognition, 15, 223-238. Doi: 10.1007/s10071-011-0448-8 [link]
  • Rakoczy, H., & Haun, D.B.M. (2012). Vor- und nichtsprachliche Kognition: Ontogenese und Evolution. In W. Schneider & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie. Weinheim: Beltz. ISBN-13: 978-3621277686 [link]
  • Van Leeuwen, E. J. C., Cronin, K. A., Haun, D. B. M., Mundry, R., & Bodamer, M. D. (2012). Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279, 4362-4367. Doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1543. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Conformity to peer pressure in preschool children. Child Development, online ahead of print. Doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01666.x. [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M. (2011). How odd I am! In M. Brockman (Ed.), Future science: Essays from the cutting edge (pp. 228-235). New York: Random House. ISBN: 978-0-307-74191-2 [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Memory for body movements in Namibian hunter-gatherer children. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 10, 56-62 . Doi: 10.1891/1945-8959.10.1.56 [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2011). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology [Reprint]. In S. Dehaene, & E. Brannon (Eds.), Space, time and number in the brain. Searching for the foundations of mathematical thought (pp. 191-206). London: Academic Press. Doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385948-8.00013-X [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M., Rapold, C. J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). Plasticity of human spatial memory: Spatial language and cognition covary across cultures. Cognition, 119, 70-80. Doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.12.009. [link]
  • Haun, D.B.M., Nawroth, C., & Call J. (2011). Great apes’ risk-taking strategies in a decision making task. PLoS One, 6(12), e28801. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028801 [link]
  • Hribar, A., Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2011). Great apes’ strategies to map spatial relations. Animal Cognition, 14, 511-523. Doi:10.1007/s10071-011-0385-6. [link]
  • Rekers, Y., Haun, D. B., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Children, but not chimpanzees, prefer to collaborate. Current Biologyd, 21(20), 1756-8. Doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.066 [link]
  • Sauter, D., LeGuen, O., & Haun, D.B.M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6), 1479-1483. Doi:10.1037/a002533 [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2010). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology [Review article]. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 552-560. Doi:10.1016/j.tics.2010.09.006. [link]
  • Martin-Ordas, G., Haun, D. B. M., Colmenares, F., & Call, J. (2010). Keeping track of time: Evidence for episodic-like memory in great apes. Animal Cognition, 13, 331-340. Doi:10.1007/s10071-009-0282-4. [link]
  • Sauter, D., Crasborn, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). The role of perceptual learning in emotional vocalizations [Abstract]. In C. Douilliez, & C. Humez (Eds.), Third European Conference on Emotion 2010. Proceedings (pp. 39-39). Lille: Université de Lille. [link]
  • Sauter, D., Crasborn, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). The role of perceptual learning in emotional vocalizations [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128, 2476 .Doi: 10.1121/1.3508875. [link]
  • Schäfer, M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). Sharing among children across cultures. In E. Norcliffe, & N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Field Manual Volume 13 (pp. 45-49). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2009). Great apes’ capacities to recognize relational similarity. Cognition, 110, 147-159. Doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2008.10.012. [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M., & Rapold, C. J. (2009). Variation in memory for body movements across cultures. Current Biology, 19(23), R1068-R1069. Doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.10.041. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M., & Call, J. (2008). Imitation recognition in great apes. Current Biology, 18(7), 288-290. Doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.031. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M. (2007). Cognitive cladistics and the relativity of spatial cognition. Thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen. ISBN-13: 978-90-76203-26-3


  • Haun, D. B. M., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2006). Evolutionary psychology of spatial representations in the hominidae. Current Biology, 16(17), 1736-1740. Doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.07.049. [link]
  • Haun, D. B. M., Rapold, C. J., Call, J., Janzen, G., & Levinson, S. C. (2006). Cognitive cladistics and cultural override in Hominid spatial cognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(46), 17568-17573. Doi:10.1073/pnas.0607999103. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M., Allen, G. L., & Wedell, D. H. (2005). Bias in spatial memory: A categorical endorsement. Acta Psychologica, 118(1-2), 149-170. Doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2004.10.011. [link]


  • Allen, G. L., & Haun, D. B. M. (2004). Proximity and precision in spatial memory. In G. Allen (Ed.), Human spatial memory: Remembering where (pp. 41-63). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. ISBN: 0-8058-4218-7
  • Allen, G. L., Kirasic, K. C., Rashotte, M. A., & Haun, D. B. M. (2004). Aging and path integration skill: Kinesthetic and vestibular contributions to wayfinding. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(1), 170-179. Doi: 10.3758/BF03194870. [link]
  • Majid, A., Bowerman, M., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Levinson, S. C. (2004). Can language restructure cognition? The case for space. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(3), 108-114. Doi:10.1016/j.tics.2004.01.003. [link]
  • Waller, D., Loomis, J. M., & Haun, D. B. M. (2004). Body-based senses enhance knowledge of directions in large-scale environments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11(1), 157-163. eDoc: 230825. [link]


  • Haun, D. B. M. (2003). What's so special about spatial cognition. De Psychonoom, 18, 3-4. eDoc: 127647
  • Waller, D., & Haun, D. B. M. (2003). Scaling techniques for modeling directional knowledge. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 35(2), 285-293. Doi: 10.3758/BF03202554. [link]
  • Wender, K. F., Haun, D. B. M., Rasch, B. H., & Blümke, M. (2003). Context effects in memory for routes. In C. Freksa, W. Brauer, C. Habel, & K. F. Wender (Eds.), Spatial cognition III: Routes and navigation, human memory and learning, spatial representation and spatial learning (pp. 209-231). Berlin: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/3-540-45004-1_13. [link]


  • Levinson, S. C., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Rasch, B. H. (2002). Returning the tables: Language affects spatial reasoning. Cognition, 84(2), 155-188. Doi:10.1016/S0010-0277(02)00045-8. [link]