Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

M.Sc. Sandra Naumann

M.Sc. Sandra Naumann
Doctoral candidate
sandra.naumann (at)

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Since 2018
Referee of the Scientific Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions
Since 2017
PhD candidate, Berlin School of Mind and Brain,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Research stay Seattle Children’s Research Institute,
University of Washington, USA
2014 – 2017
Master in Psychology, Focus: Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience, Technische Universität Dresden
Semester abroad University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2010 – 2014
Bachelor of Arts; Major: Psychology of teaching, learning and training , Minor: Communication science, Universität Erfurt


Research interests

How  does empathy develop in children and which neuronal changes accompany it? This developmental neuroscientific question is the focus of my dissertation project. I am concerned with the development and plasticity of empathy ability in four- to six-year-olds and use electroencephalographic (EEG) measurement methods to record neural correlates. With respect to child empathy behavior, my focus is on comparing behavioral changes with event-related potentials (ECPs) such as the P1, N170 or P3 component and EEG oscillations.
Furthermore, I am interested in the neural processing of faces in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Here, I am investigating whether this group of patients has a global deficit in face recognition, or whether attentional guidance significantly affects this process.



Naumann, S., Byrne, M. L., de la Fuente, L. A., Harrewijn, A., Nugiel, T., Rosen, M. L., … Matusz, P. J. (2020). Assessing the degree of ecological validity of your study: Introducing the Ecological Validity Assessment (EVA) Tool.  

Naumann, S., Bayer, S. & Dziobek, I. (2020). Preschoolers’ sensitivity to emotional facial expressions and their repetition: An ERP study., Repository: