Prof. Dr.

Gudrun Schwarzer

Prof. Dr.  Gudrun Schwarzer

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Schwarzer

My current research focuses on perceptual, motor and cognitive development during infancy and childhood. The main goal is to understand how infants' and children's visual, auditory, and motor experiences shape their processing of and acting on the visual world. Specifically,   I am concerned with the question whether and how perceptual-motor skills contribute to changes in the processing of objects and faces during the first years of life.

Contact details
Justus-Liebig University Giessen
FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany
+49 (0)641 99 26 060
+49 (0)641 99 26 079

  • Bahn , D., Vesker , M., García Alanis , J.C. , Schwarzer , G., & Kauschke , C. (2017). Age-dependent positivity bias in children’s perception of emotion terms. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1268. DOI find paper
  • Bahn, D., Vesker, M., Schwarzer, G., & Kauschke, C. (2017). Perception of valence and arousal in German emotion terms – A comparison between 9-year-old children and adults. Minor revision, in press. DOI find paper
  • Billino, J., van Belle, G., Rossion, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). Billino, J., van Belle, G., Rossion, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). The nature of individual face recognition in preschool children: Insights from a gaze-contingent paradigm. Cognitive Development<7em>, 47, 168-180.
  • Degé, F., Kubicek, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Associations between musical abilities and precursors of reading in preschool aged children. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(August), 1–10. find paper
  • Dillmann, J., Freitag, C., Holve, K., Schweinfurth, S., Lorenz, B., Schwarzer, G. (2017). Die motorische Entwicklung von Kindern mit frühkindlichem Innenschielen. Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde , in press. find paper
  • Dillmann, J., Peterlein, CD. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). A longitudinal study of motor and cognitive development in infants with congenital idiopathic clubfoot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-35. DOI find paper
  • Gerhard, T.M., Culham, J.C. & Schwarzer, G. (2016). Distinct visual processing of real objects and pictures of those objects in 7- to 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(827), 1-9. DOI find paper
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). The development of the grasp-height effect as a measure of efficient action planning in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 74-82. DOI find paper
  • Kauschke C., Bahn , D., Vesker , M., & Schwarzer , G. (2017). Die semantische Repräsentation von Emotionsbegriffen bei Kindern im Grundschulalter. Kindheit und Entwicklung, in press. DOI find paper
  • Kolling, T., Lamm B., Vierhaus M., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A., Fassbender, I., Freitag, C., Graf, F., Teubert, M., Schwarzer, G., & Keller, H. (2014). Differential Development of Motor Abilities in Western Middle-Class and Cameroonian Nso Infants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(9), 1502-1508. find paper
  • Kubicek , C. & Schwarzer , G. (2017). On the relation between infants’ spatial object processing and their motor skills. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-31. find paper
  • Kubicek , C., Gervain, J., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., & Schwarzer, G. (2014b). The influence of infant-directed speech on 12-month-olds' intersensory perception of fluent speech. Infant Behavior and Development , 37(4), 644-651. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Dupierrix, E., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., Gervain, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2014a). Cross-modal matching of audio-visual German and French fluent speech in infancy. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89275. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017a). How manual object exploration is associated with 7- to 8-month-old infants’ visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017b). The relation between crawling and non-crawling 9-month-old infants' visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 158, 64-76. DOI find paper
  • Lohaus, A., Lamm, B., Keller, H., Teubert, M., Fassbender, I., Glüer, M. Borchert, S., Vöhringer, I., Teiser, J., Freitag, C., Suhrke, J., Knopf, M. & Schwarzer, G. (2014). Gross and fine motor differences between Cameroonian and German children aged 3 to 40 months: Results of a cross-cultural longitudinal study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(8), 1328-1341. find paper
  • Ludwig, D., Schwarzer, G., & Kauschke, C. (2016). Positiv oder Negativ? – Verarbeitung von Emotionsbegriffen und Gesichtsausdrücken bei Kindern mit typischem und auffälligem Spracherwerb. Logos, 24 (1). 15-23. find paper
  • Ransburg, N., Reiser, M., Munzert, J., Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). Concurrent anticipation of two object dimensions during grasping in 10-month-old infants: A quantitative analysis. Infant Behavior and Development , 42, 164-174. DOI find paper
  • Schwarzer, G. (2014). How motor and visual experience shape infants' processing of objects and faces. Child Development Perspectives, 8(4), 213-217. find paper
  • Suhrke, J., Freitag, C., Lamm, B., Teiser, J., Poloczek, S., Fassbender, I., Teubert, M., Voehringer, I., Keller, H., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A. & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Experience with headwear influences the other-race effect in 4-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 137, 156-163. find paper
  • Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Dege, F., Kauschke, C., Schwarzer, G. (2018). Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Dege, F., Kauschke, C., Schwarzer, G. (2018) Developmental changes in the categoral processing of positive and negative facial expressions. PLoSOne. 13(8): e0201521. find paper
  • Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Kauschke, C., Tschense, M., Degé, F., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). Auditory Emotion Word Primes Influence Emotional Face Categorization in Children and Adults, but Not Vice Versa. Frontiers in psychology, 9. find paper
  • Vesker, M., Ludwig, D., Degé, F., Kauschke, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2017). Perceiving Arousal and Valence in Facial Expressions: Differences Between Children and Adults. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. DOI find paper
  • Vöhringer, I., Poloczek, S., Graf, F., Lamm, B., Teiser, J., Fassbender, I., Freitag, C., Suhrke, J., Teubert, M., Keller, H., Lohaus, A., Schwarzer , G., & Knopf, M. (2015). Is perceptual priming affected by culture? A study with German middle-class and Cameroonian Nso farmer children. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176(3), 156-170. find paper

former project-related publications

  • Duemmler, T., Franz, V. H., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2007). Effects of the Ebbinghaus illusion on children's perception and grasping. Experimental Brain Research, 186(2), 249- 260.
  • Duemmler, T., Schöberl, P., & Schwarzer, G. (2008). Development of visual center of mass localization for grasp point selection. Cognitive Development, 23, 370-384.
  • Groß, C. & Schwarzer, G. (2010). The generalization of facial identity over different viewpoints in seven- and ninemonth- old infants: The role of facial expression. International Journal of Human Development, 34 (5), 417-426.
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2007). Infant perception of the relative relevance of different manual actions. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 4 (1), 111-125.
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2011). Learning to grasp efficiently: the development of motor planning and the role of observational learning. Vision Research, 51(8), 945-954.
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2009). Infants segment actions into basic movement-effect units. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 41 (4), 225-232.
  • Jovanovic, B., Duemmler, T. & Schwarzer, G. (2008). Infant development of configural object processing in visual and visual-haptic contexts. Acta Psychologica, 129 (3), 376-386.
  • Krebs, J., Biswas, A., Pascalis, O., Kamp-Becker, I. Remschmidt, H. & Schwarzer, G. (2011). Face processing in children with autism spectrum disorder – Independent or interactive processing of facial identity and facial expression?. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 796-804.
  • Kubicek, C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Dupierrix, E., Loevenbruck, H., Gervain, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2013). Facescanning behavior to silently talking faces in 12-month-old infants: The impact of pre-exposed auditory speech. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37(2), 106-110.
  • Schum, N., Franz, V.H., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2012). Object processing in visual perception and action in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112(2), 161-77.
  • Schum, N., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2011). Ten- and twelve-month-olds´ visual anticipation of orientation and size during grasping. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109(2), 218-231.
  • Schwarzer, G. (2000). Development of face processing: The effect of face inversion. Child Development, 71, 391- 401.
  • Schwarzer, G. & Jovanovic, B. (2010). The relationship between processing facial identity and emotional expression in 8-month-old infants. Infancy, 15 (1), 1-18.
  • Schwarzer, G. & Zauner, N. & Jovanovic, B. (2007). Evidence of a shift from featural to configural face processing in infancy. Developmental Science, 10(4), 452-463.
  • Schwarzer, G., Freitag, C., & Schum, N. (2013). How crawling and manual object exploration are related to the mental rotation abilities of 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4(97), 1-8.
  • Schwarzer, G., Freitag, C., Buckel, R., & Lofruthe, A. (2012). Crawling is associated with mental rotation ability by 9- month-old infants. Infancy, 18, 432-441.
  • Schwarzer, G., Huber, S. & Duemmler, T. (2005). Gaze behavior in analytical and holistic face processing. Memory & Cognition, 33(2), 344-354.
  • Schwarzer, G., Jovanovic, B., Schum, N., Dümmler, T. (2009). Analytische und konfigurale Verarbeitung von Objekten im Säuglingsalter: Die Rolle selbst induzierter Fortbewegung und manueller Exploration. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 41(4), 189-197.
  • Spangler, S.M., Schwarzer, G. & Maier-Karius, J. (2010). The relationship of processing facial identity, emotional expression, facial speech, and gaze direction in the course of development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105, 1-9.