Manuel Bohn

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Language and Cognition Lab, Stanford University &
Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development, Leipzig University

Email: manuel.bohn[at]uni-leipzig[dot]de


I'm a developmental psychologist interested in the psychological foundations of human communication. My current research focuses on how children use and understand words and gestures in context. For a broader perspective, I also study how great apes use social cognition for communication. My goal is to understand the shared and unique aspects of human cognition that allow children to acquire conventional language.



*Bohn, M., *Kachel, G., & Tomasello, M. (2019). Young children spontaneously recreate core properties of language in a new modality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Bohn, M., & Frank, M. C. (in press). The pervasive role of pragmatics in early language. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology.

Many Primates (2019). Collaborative open science as a way to reproducibility and new insights in primate cognition research. PsyArXiv

Many Primates (2019). Establishing an infrastructure for collaboration in primate cognition research. PLOS ONE. 14(10): e0223675.

Bohn, M., Tessler, M. H., Merrick, M., & Frank, M. C. (2019). Predicting pragmatic cue integration in adults' and children's inferences about novel word meanings. PsyArXiv.

Margiotoudi, K., Allritz, M., Bohn, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Sound symbolic congruency detection in humans but not in great apes. Scientific Reports, 9, 12705.

Bohn, M., Tessler, M. H., & Frank, M. C. (2019). Integrating common ground and informativeness in pragmatic word learning. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bohn, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2019). Natural Reference: A phylo- and ontogenetic perspective on the comprehension of iconic gestures and vocalizations. Developmental Science, 22, e12757.

Bohn, M., Zimmermann, L., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2018). The social-cognitive basis of infants' reference to absent entities. Cognition, 177, 41-48.

Bohn, M., & Köymen, B. (2018). Common Ground and Development. Child Development Perspectives, 12(2), 104-108.

Bohn, M., Allritz, M., Call, J., & Völter, C. J. (2017). Information seeking about tool properties in great apes. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 10923.

Schmelz, M., Duguid, S., Bohn, M., & Völter, C. (2017). Individual and cooperative problem solving in giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea). Animal Cognition, 20: 1107.

Bohn, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2016). The role of past interactions in great apes' communication about absent entities. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 130(4), 351-357.

Bohn, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Comprehension of iconic gestures by chimpanzees and human children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 1-17.

Bohn, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2015). Communication about absent entities in great apes and human infants. Cognition, 145, 63-72.

Stieger, S., Burger, C., Bohn, M., & Voracek, M. (2013). Who commits virtual identity suicide? Differences in privacy concerns, Internet addiction, and personality between Facebook users and quitters. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(9), 629-34