Nikolaus Steinbeis, PhD





Nikolaus Steinbeis is Assistant Professor at the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

He obtained his PhD on the neurocognition of music at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in 2008. He then went on to a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Empirical Economics of the University of Zuerich to study the neurocognitive mechanisms of developmental changes in social affect and decision-making with Tania Singer. In 2010 he returned to the Max-Planck Institute as a Senior Researcher and from 2013 headed the group for developmental social neuroscience within the department for Social Neuroscience of the Max-Planck Institute. From January 2015 he was in the US for 8 months, partly on paternity leave and also in the labs of B.J. Casey and Michael Meaney studying rodent models of the development of fear learning and behavioral control and the effects of the early social environment respectively.

Since September 2015 he is a member of the unit and co-PI of the Brain and Development Lab together with Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone, and Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde, Dr. Berna Güröglü and Dr. Jiska Peper. He is particularly interested in mechanisms of developmental change and using interventions and enrichment to get at the tricky and fascinating question of sensitive periods in development.

From September 2016 he will be coordinating and teaching the Masters course on Educational Neuroscience.

Last Modified: 13-01-2016