Latest Research News

Here you can find the latest news from our labs.

May 2022 | New research projects funded

Two research projects on the early detection of developmental disabilities have been awarded to the Marschik-Lab. The BMBF and the Fondation Paralysie Cerebrale will fund two multi center studies. Our team will be involved in pattern-recognition work-packages to analyse early motor functions in infants at elevated likelihood for developmental disabilities.

May 2022 | New e-Book on Child Development Research

Luise Poustka and Peter Marschik have co-edited a new e-Book in Frontiers in Psychiatry on „Trajectories in Developmental disabilities: Infancy – Childhood – Adolescence“. Details can be found at:

May 2022 | Mareike Spengler will attend the Summer School for computational modelling of social behavior (COSMOS)

Mareike Spengler (Social Interaction and Developmental Neuroscience Lab) was selected to participate at the Computational Summer school on Modeling Social and collective behavior (COSMOS) in Konstanz. Congratulations! She will present first pilot data of our DFG funded project about social learning in Anorexia Nervosa and social anxiety (ARLANOS) and will explore novel computational modelling techniques.

Mar 2022 | Election for the board of directors of the German Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions (WGAS)

Luise Poustka und Martin Schulte-Rüther were re-elected to the board of the German Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions (WGAS). Congratulations! 

Feb 2022 | New colleague

New co-worker at the SEE-Lab (Marschik-Lab). A warm welcome to Franka Foth who will be part of the VW-IDENTIFIED team studying early development and its peculiarities.

Feb 2022 | New publications

Recently published papers from the SEE-Lab (Marschik-Lab).

Isaksson, J; Ruchkin, V; Aho, N; Lundin, Remnélius, K; Marschik, PB; Bölte, S. Nonshared environmental factors in the aetiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions: a monozygotic co-twin control study. Mol Autism. 2022; 13(1): 8.

Krieber-Tomantschger, M; Pokorny, FB; Krieber-Tomantschger, I; Langmann, L; Poustka, L; Zhang, D; Treue, S; Tanzer, NK; Einspieler, C; Marschik, PB; Körner, C. The development of visual attention in early infancy: Insights from a free-viewing paradigm. Infancy. 2022; 27(2):433-458.

Tiene, SF; Cranston, JS; Nielsen-Saines, K; Kerin, T; Fuller, T; Vasconcelos, Z; Marschik, PB; Zhang, D; Pone, M; Pone, S; Zin, A; Brickley, E; Orofino, D; Brasil, P; Adachi, K; da, Costa, ACC; Lopes, Moreira, ME. Early Predictors of Poor Neurologic Outcomes in a Prospective Cohort of Infants With Antenatal Exposure to Zika Virus. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2022; 41(3): 255-262.

Nov 2021 | Collaborative Research Center „Cognition of Interaction“

The Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1528 "Cognition of Interaction" will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for an initial period of four years, starting on January 1, 2022, with a total of approximately 12.5 million euros. 24 scientists from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral and cognitive biology, psychology and data science will investigate the special demands that social interactions place on our cognitive abilities and thus on the performance of our brain. Within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the Marschik Lab participates in the SFB investigating infant social cognition.

Oct 2021 | New colleague

Starting on October 1, Mareike Spengler joins the team of the Social Interaction and Developmental Neuroscience Lab. She will work on a neuroimaging project investigating social learning in anorexia nervosa and social anxiety, funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). Welcome to the team!

Aug 2021 | Research project on early childhood development in Rett syndrome

Together with Prof. Bernd Wilken (Kassel), we are starting a new project on early development in children with Rett syndrome.

This project is supported and funded by the organization "Rett Elternhilfe". Details can be found here and on the website

Aug 2021 | Scientific Advisory Board of "Rett Syndrome Europe"

Peter B Marschik has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of "Rett Syndrome Europe". Further information:

Aug 2021 | Toolbox for the investigation of Joint Attention

We have published a new toolbox that enables the creation of interactive experiments using eye tracking. It was developed as part of the BMBF-funded project EMOTISK in the Social Interaction and Developmental Neuroscience research group. The toolbox is available on github and further details are available in the peer-reviewed article in Frontiers in Psychology.

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