Dr Sabine Seehagen


Qualifications: PGDipSci (University of Otago), Diplom (University of Trier, Germany), Ph.D. (University of Sheffield, UK)

School of Psychology


Research Interests

My general research area is developmental psychology with a focus on cognition in infancy and early childhood. This work mainly involves the use of behavioural methods such as imitation paradigms. I am particularly interested in exploring factors that can help explain differences in learning and memory within age-groups. A recent focus of my work has been to study the role of sleep for memory in infants.

Some further projects I am involved with investigate how maternal characteristics influence mother-infant interactions, which strategies young children use to learn how to regulate their emotions, and how model characteristics might bias young children's false belief understanding.

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Recent Publications

  • Seehagen, S., Dreier, L., & Zmyj, N. (2018). Overrated adults: 4-year-olds' false belief understanding is influenced by the believer's age. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 328-335. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.11.007

  • Fuths, S., Seehagen, S., & Schneider, S. (2017). How a mother processes her infant's distress: Cognitive pathways to maternal insensitivity. Mental Health & Prevention, 6, 19-25. doi:10.1016/j.mhp.2017.03.004

  • Zmyj, N., Schneider, S., & Seehagen, S. (2017). Fifteen-month-old infants’ cortisol levels decrease after a 30-min-warm-up procedure. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 76, 11-13. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.11.010

  • Seehagen, S., Schneider, S., Miebach, K., Frigge, K., & Zmyj, N. (2017). “Should I or shouldn’t I?” Imitation of undesired versus allowed actions from peer and adult models by 18- and 24-month-old toddlers. Infant Behavior and Development, 49, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.06.001

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Contact Details

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Seehagen, Dr Sabine 9226 sabine K.1.10 School of Psychology