After completing my German civil service as an ambulance man I decided to backpack around South East Asia, and casually picked Psychology to study upon my return. Little did I know what lay ahead.
Curiosity, attention to detail and a sense for the essential come in handy.
I am writing a popular science book provisionally called “The Gap: The Making of Our Peculiar Minds” (Basic Books, 2013), in which I try to explain what exactly makes human minds different from any others, and how this difference arose.
Most of my research has some relevance to this topic. Current projects examine the nature of neonatal imitation, the development of foresight, and problem solving capacities in children, apes and other animals.
To keep my sanity, I kick balls. I am a passionate football player, coach and supporter.