DANIEL HAUN is currently directing the Max Planck Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology. After studying experimental psychology in Germany, the United States and England he completed his PhD in 2007 at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. After a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology he accepted a position as lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Portsmouth.
He is interested in the cross-cultural diversity of cognition and its evolutionary history and significance. In his research he combines cross-cultural comparisons and cross-species comparisons across all great ape species. Ongoing projects include research on the cognition of space and time and the expression and comprehension of emotions. He is also involved in projects on analogy, the social role of imitation, sharing norms and conformity to peer pressure. He regularly conducts field research in the Kalahari Desert and in Kalimantan, Indonesia.