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Beate Sodian

Prof. Dr. Beate Sodian

Former member MCN


Full Professor, Developmental Psychology


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Dept. Psychology & Pedagogy
Chair of Developmental Psychology
Leopoldstr. 13
D-80802 Munich

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-5155 or -5156
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180-5355


Further Information

Research focus:

Theory of Mind

  • The ability to credit onesself and other mental states (beliefs, wishes, emotions)
  • Initial Theory of Mind in early childhood
  • Early childhood research, view-time methods and eye tracking
  • Correlations between social understanding in infants and young children and later theory of mind development (longitudinal research)
  • Theory of Mind deficits in people with Autism
  • Theory of Mind, metacognition and self control
  • Neural correlates of theory of mind (EEG)

Scientific Thought

  • Epistemological understanding (understanding science) in children and adolescents
  • Strategies of hypothesis testing and evaluation of evidence
  • Development of reasoning skills
  • Relationships between scientific thought and the acquisition of content knowledge

Selected publications:

Schneider W, Schumann-Hengsteler R and Sodian B. (Eds.) (2005). Young children’s cognitive development.  Interrelationships among working memory, theory of mind, verbal ability, and executive functions. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Wilkening F and Sodian B. (Eds.) (2005) Special Issue on “Scientific reasoning in young children”. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 64 (3).

Sodian B. (2003) Die Entwicklungspsychologie des Denkens – das Beispiel der Theory of Mind. In B. Herpertz-Dahlmann, F. Resch, M. Schulte-Markwort, & A. Warnke (Hrsg.). Entwicklungspsychiatrie. Biopsychologische Grundlagen und die Entwicklung psychischer Störungen. (S. 85-97). Stuttgart: Schattauer Verlag.

Bullock M and Sodian B. (2003) Entwicklung des wissenschaftlichen Denkens. In W. Schneider & M. Knopf (Hrsg.) Entwicklung, Lehren und Lernen. (S.75-92). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Sodian B, Hülsken C and Thoermer C. (2003) The self and action in theory of mind research. Consciousness and Cognition 12: 777-782.