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Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:46

Publication in Nature Communications on 21 March about 'The importance of relating to others: why we only learn to understand other people after the age of four'.

d390xvarResearchers in Leiden and Leipzig have explored how that works. At around the age of four we suddenly do what three-year-olds are unable to do: put ourselves in someone else's shoes. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig and at Leiden University have shown how this enormous developmental step occurs: a critical fibre connection in the brain matures. Senior researcher and Leiden developmental psychologist Nikolaus Steinbeis, co-author of the article, took part in the research. Lead author, PhD candidate Charlotte Grosse-Wiesmann, worked under his supervision.

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