Previous research has shown that observing social interactions between others (“third-party interactions”) represents a crucial learning opportunity for typically developing infants. In her talk, Maleen Thiele presents two studies that investigate the processes of guiding infants to situations where they can observe third-party interactions and factors promoting successful learning during the actual observation.
Maleen Thiele obtained her MSc in Psychology from Leipzig University in 2016. In the same year she has started her PhD at the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development at Leipzig University. Since 2020, she is continuing her doctoral work at the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Her main research focus is on infant development, specifically on social attentional precursors of early social learning.