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Grossmann, Tobias

Tobias Grossmann

Primary Appointment


Contact Information

485 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Research Interests

Brain processes that underpin social interaction and cognition during infancy

Research Description

I study the early development of the social and affective abilities that enable us to interact with others and make sense of their social behavior. In particular, I am interested in the brain processes that underpin social interaction and cognition during infancy. I study the development of social brain functions across a range of situations in which infants can glean information from various different sources such as faces, voices, or biological motion. Moreover, my work aims at understanding how social development varies across infants and what genetic and environmental factors give rise to such individual differences. For more information about Dr. Grossman's research please visit UNLEASH: Undergraduates interested in research assistant positions should complete the application form at

Krol KM, Monakhov M, Lai PS, Ebstein RP, Grossmann T, Genetic variation in CD38 and breastfeeding experience interact to impact infants' attention to social eye cues., 2015; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(39) E5434-42 PMID: 26371313 | PMCID: PMC4593116

Altvater-Mackensen N, Mani N, Grossmann T, Audiovisual Speech Perception in Infancy: The Influence of Vowel Identity and Infants' Productive Abilities on Sensitivity to (Mis)Matches Between Auditory and Visual Speech Cues., 2015; Developmental psychology. () PMID: 26595352 |

Jessen S, Grossmann T, The developmental emergence of unconscious fear processing from eyes during infancy., 2015; Journal of experimental child psychology. 142() 334-43 PMID: 26493612 |

Rajhans P, Missana M, Krol KM, Grossmann T, The association of temperament and maternal empathy with individual differences in infants' neural responses to emotional body expressions., 2015; Development and psychopathology. 27(4) 1205-16 PMID: 26439071 |

Missana M, Grossmann T, Infants' emerging sensitivity to emotional body expressions: insights from asymmetrical frontal brain activity., 2014; Developmental psychology. 51(2) 151-60 PMID: 25546593 |

Missana M, Atkinson AP, Grossmann T, Tuning the developing brain to emotional body expressions., 2014; Developmental science. 18(2) 243-53 PMID: 25041388 |

Jessen S, Grossmann T, Unconscious discrimination of social cues from eye whites in infants., 2014; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111(45) 16208-13 PMID: 25349392 | PMCID: PMC4234573

Fairhurst MT, L?ken L, Grossmann T, Physiological and behavioral responses reveal 9-month-old infants' sensitivity to pleasant touch., 2014; Psychological science. 25(5) 1124-31 PMID: 24681587 | PMCID: PMC4017181

Grossmann T, Lloyd-Fox S, Johnson MH, Brain responses reveal young infants' sensitivity to when a social partner follows their gaze., 2013; Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 6() 155-61 PMID: 24185257 |

Grossmann T, Cross ES, Ticini LF, Daum MM, Action observation in the infant brain: the role of body form and motion., 2012; Social neuroscience. 8(1) 22-30 PMID: 22694145 | PMCID: PMC3556794

Grossmann T, Missana M, Friederici AD, Ghazanfar AA, Neural correlates of perceptual narrowing in cross-species face-voice matching., 2012; Developmental science. 15(6) 830-9 PMID: 23106737 |

Grossmann T, Johnson MH, Vaish A, Hughes DA, Quinque D, Stoneking M, Friederici AD, Genetic and neural dissociation of individual responses to emotional expressions in human infants., 2012; Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 1(1) 57-66 PMID: 22436418 |

Grossmann T, Johnson MH, Selective prefrontal cortex responses to joint attention in early infancy., 2010; Biology letters. 6(4) 540-3 PMID: 20106861 | PMCID: PMC2936215

Grossmann T, Oberecker R, Koch SP, Friederici AD, The developmental origins of voice processing in the human brain., 2010; Neuron. 65(6) 852-8 PMID: 20346760 | PMCID: PMC2852650

Grossmann T, Johnson MH, The development of the social brain in human infancy., 2007; The European journal of neuroscience. 25(4) 909-19 PMID: 17331189 |