Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1991
    Lecturer at the Institute of Developmental Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1992
    Doctorate

  • 1992 – 1999
    Lecturer at the Institute of General and Developmental Psychology, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1989 – 1999
    Lecturer at the Institute of Developmental Psychology, Giessen University, Germany

  • 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1999 – 2001
    Lecturer at the Institute of Developmental Psychology, University of Magdeburg, Germany

  • Since 2001
    Director of a research group at the Psychological Institute of Heidelberg University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Pauen, S.: Was Babys denken. Munich: Beck-Verlag 2006.

  • Pauen, S., Herber, V.: Vom Kleinsein zum Einstein – Offensive Bildung. Cornelsen Verlag 2009.

  • Pauen, S.: Vom Säugling zum Kleinkind. Entwicklungstagebuch zur Begleitung in den frühen Jahren. Spektrum/Springer Verlag, in press.

  • Pauen, S.: Infant cognitive psychology and the understanding of learning processes. In: European Psychologist 11(4), 2006. pp. 263-265.

  • Elsner, B., Pauen, S., Jeschonek, S.: Physiological and behavioral parameters of infants' categorization: changes in heart rate and duration of examining across trials. In: Developmental Science 9(6), 2006. pp. 551-556.

  • Träuble, B., Pauen, S.: The role of functional information for infant categorization. In: Cognition 105, 2007. pp. 362-379.

  • Pauen, S., Träuble, B.: How to investigate the concept of concepts. In: Journal of Anthrological Psychology 19, 2008. pp. 32-35.

  • Vonderlin, E., Pahnke, J., Pauen, S.: Infant temperament and information processing in a visual categorization task. In: Infant behavior and development 31, 2008. pp. 559-569.

  • Pauen, S., Träuble, B.: How 7-month-olds interpret ambiguous motion events: Category-specific reasoning in infancy. In: Cognitive Psychology 59, 2009. pp. 275-295.

  • Jeschoneck, S. et al.: Do Animals and Furniture Items Elicit Different Brain Responses in Human Infants? In: Brain Development 2010, doi:10.1016/j.braindev.2009.11.010.

  • Träuble, B., Marinovic, V., Pauen, S.: Early theory of mind competencies. Do Infants Understand Other's Beliefs? In: Infancy 15, 2010. pp. 434-444.

  • Träuble, B., Pauen S.: Cause or effect – what matters? How 12-month-old infants learn to categorize artefacts. In: British Journal of Developmental Psychology 2010, doi: 10.1348/026151009X479547.


Selected projects

  • Jacobs Foundation: Developing a diagnostic screening instrument for documenting early childhood development (MONDEY, Milestones of Normal Development in Early Years), 2009 – 2011

  • German Research Foundation (DFG): Neural correlates and behavioural measurements of social information processing in infants, 2009 – 2011

  • Volkswagen Foundation project: The social brain, 2008 – 2011

  • Baden-Württemberg state graduate funding PhD programme: Stressful experiences in early childhood and self regulation (5 PhD fellowships), 2007 – 2011

  • EU project: Humans – the only analogy-making species, 2006 – 2009

  • BASF project: From tiny tot to Einstein. Mathematical/natural science education in preschool. Evaluation of an intervention programme, 2006 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, since 2009

  • Member of the scientific advisory board for SRH Heidelberg, since 2009

  • Member of the board of trustees, "Haus der Kleinen Forscher" (House of Little Researchers), since 2009

  • Director of the "Young Heidelberg University", since 2009

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) expert reviewers' council, 2008

  • Board of trustees, City of Heidelberg Foundation, since 2006

  • Board of trustees, International Science Centre of Heidelberg University, since 2006

  • Scientific awards committee of Heidelberg University, since 2006

  • Member of the ethics board, German Psychological Society (DGPs), 2002 – 2005

Additional qualifications

  • Basic training in person-centred psychotherapy

  • Basic training in client-centred play therapy

  • Basic training in systemic family therapy


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Sport, painting, singing


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