Portrait Moritz Daum

Moritz Daum, Prof. Dr.

Professor for Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology

Jacobs Center

Phone: 044 634 06 76



Research areas

  • Cognitive development in in infants and children
  • Interaction of cognitive and sensorimotor processes in development
  • The interrelation of action understanding and action performance in development
  • Mechanisms of selective imitation
  • Neurophysiological bases of early cognitive development
  • The development of intuitive knowledge about physics
  • The development of the perception of causality

Academic career

2001 Licentiate degree (Master) in Psychology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Zürich, Switzerland
2005 PhD in Psychology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 Habilitation at the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmaceutics, and Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany

Professional career

Since 08/12 Professor for Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
10/10-07/12 Head of the Research Group "Infant Cognition and Action", Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
10/08-02/09 Visiting Researcher at the Infant EEG Lab of the Cognitive Development Unit (EKUP), Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway
12/04-09/10 Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology, Munich and Leipzig, Germany

Publications in ZORA

You can find my publications in ZORA (Zurich Open Repository Archive):






Book chapters

Daum, M. M. (forthcoming). Cognitive Development in Infancy. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Daum, M. M., & Aschersleben, G. (2014). Experimentelle Handlungsforschung: Die ontogenetische Perspektive. In W. Prinz, (Hrsg.); G. Aschersleben; M. M. Daum; A. Herwig; E. Kühn; S. Schütz-Bosbach (2014). Experimentelle Handlungsforschung. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Daum, M. M. & Prinz, W. (2011). Body and action representations for integrating self and other. In V. Slaughter & C. Brownell (Eds.). Early Development of Body Representations (pp. 267-292). Cambridge University Press; Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development.

Daum, M. M., Zmyj, N., & Aschersleben, G. (2010). Ontogenesi precoce della percezione e del controllo delle azioni. In F. Morganti, A. Carassa, G. Riva (Eds.) (2010) Intersoggettivita‘ e interazione: Un dialogo fra scienze cognitive, scienze sociali e neuroscienze. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri.

Daum, M. M., Rauch, J., & Wilkening, F. (2008). Intuitive physics: Naïve concepts about the ball’s momentum among professional football players. In P. Andersson, P. Ayton & C. Schmidt (Eds.), Myths and facts about football: The economics and psychology of the world's greatest sport (pp. 39-60). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholar Press.

Daum, M. M., Zmyj, N., & Aschersleben, G. (2008). Early ontogeny of action perception and production. In F. Morganti, A. Carassa & G. Riva (Eds.), Enacting intersubjectivity: A cognitive and social perspective to the study of interactions (pp 175-186). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press.

Aschersleben, G., & Daum, M. M. (2008). Frühe Ontogenese der Handlungssteuerung. In G. D. Rey & T. Wehr (Eds.), Kognitive Psychologe: Ausgewählte Grundlagen und Anwendungsbeispiele (pp 31-44). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.



Prinz, W., Aschersleben, G., Daum, M. M., Schütz-Bosbach, S., Kühn, E. Herwig, A. (in press). Experimentelle Handlungsforschung. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.