in press

  • Grosse-Wiesmann, C., Friederici, A.D., Steinbeis, N.# & Singer, T.# (accepted). Longitudinal evidence for 4-year-olds' but not 2- and 3-year-olds' false belief-related action anticipation. Cognitive Development (# shared senior authorship). [PDF]
  • Steinbeis, N. (accepted). Neural Mechanisms of Prosocial Behavior in Childhood. Current Opinion in Psychology. [PDF]


  • Steinbeis, N#., Mendes, N.#, Bueno Guerra, N., Call, J. & Singer, T. (accepted). Preschool children and chimpanzees incur increased costs to watch punishment of others who previously harmed them. Nature Human Behavior (# shared first authorship). [PDF]

  • Meulen, M., Steinbeis, N., Achterberg, M., Bilo, E., Bulk, B. Ijzendoorn, M., & Crone, E.A. (2017). The neural correlates of dealing with social exclusion in childhood. Neuropsychologia, 103, 29-37. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Crone, E.A., Blakemore, S.J. & Cohen Kadosh, K. (2017). Development holds the key to understanding the interplay of nature versus nurture in shaping the individual. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1-4. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Over, H. (2017). Enhancing behavioural control increases sharing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 310-318. [PDF]

  • Crone, E. A. & Steinbeis, N. (2017). New perspectives on the development of cognitive control. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 205-215. [PDF]

  • Grosse-Wiesmann, C., Schreiber, J., Singer, T., Steinbeis, N.#, & Friederici, A.F.# (2017). White matter maturation in temporoparietal junction and its connection to prefrontal cortex supports the emergence of theory of mind. Nature Communications, 8, 14692 (# shared senior authorship). [PDF]

  • McAuliffe, K., Steinbeis, N., Blake, P., & Warneken, F. (2017). The developmental foundations of fairness. Nature Human Behavior, 1, 42. [PDF]

  • Crone, E.A., Peters, S., & Steinbeis, N. (2017). Executive function development in adolescence. In S.A. Wiebe & J. Karbach (Eds). Executive Function: Development Across the Life Span. New York: Routledge.


  • Steinbeis, N. (Online publication). Taxing behavioral control diminishes sharing and costly punishment. Developmental Science. [PDF]

  • Grosse-Wiesmann, C., Friederici, A., Singer, T., &  Steinbeis, N., (Online publication). Implicit and Explicit False Belief Development in Preschool Children. Developmental Science. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Margulies, D. (2016). Opportunities and Challenges for Current Developmental Neuroscience. Theory and Psychology, 26, 620-631. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Crone, E. A. (2016). The link between cognitive control and decision-making across child and adolescent development. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 10, 28-32. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N. (2016). The role of self-other distinction in the understanding others’ mental and affective states: Neurocognitive mechanisms in children and adults. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371 (1686). [PDF]

  • Hoffman, F., Köhne, S., Steinbeis, N., Dziobek, I., & Singer, T. (2016). Preserved self-other distinction during empathy in autism is linked to network integriy of right supramarginal gyrus. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2, 637-648. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Haushofer, J., Fehr, E., & Singer, T. (2016). Development of impulse control and associated vmPFC-DLPFC connectivity explains resistance to temptation in intertemporal choice during childhood. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 32-42. [PDF]


  • Steinbeis, N#., Engert, V#., Linz, R., & Singer, T. (2015). The effects of stress and affiliation on social decision-making: Investigating the tend-and-befriend pattern. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62, 138-148 (# shared first authorship). [PDF]

  • Hoffmann, F., Singer, T., &  Steinbeis, N., (2015). Age-related Differences in Emotional Egocentricity Bias are Mediated by the Ability to Resolve Emotional Conflict. Child Development, 86, 265-780. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Bernhardt, B. C., & Singer, T. (2015). Age-related differences in Function and Structure of rSMG and Reduced Functional Connectivity with DLPFC explains Heightened Affective Egocentricity Bias in Childhood. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 302-310. [PDF]


  • McCall, C#., Steinbeis, N#., Ricard, M., & Singer, T. (2014, * equal contributions). The Plasticity of Fairness-based Sanctioning Behavior: Compassion Meditators Show Less Anger-based Punishment and More Compensation of Victims in Response to Fairness Violations. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 8, 424-430 (# shared first authorship). [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Singer, T. (2014). Projecting my Envy onto you: Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Offline Emotional Egocentricity Bias. NeuroImage, 102, 370-380. [PDF]

  • Bernhardt, B., Smallwood, J. Tusche, A., Ruby, F.J., Engen, H.G., Steinbeis, N., & Singer, T. (2014) Medial prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortical thickness predicts shared individual differences in self-generated thought and temporal discounting. NeuroImage, 90, 290-297. [PDF]


  • Steinbeis, N., & Singer, T. (2013). The effects of social comparison on social emotions and -behavior during childhood: The ontogeny of envy and Schadenfreude predicts developmental changes in equity-related decisions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115 (1), 198-209. [PDF]


  • Steinbeis, N., Bernhardt, B. C., & Singer, T. (2012). Impulse control and underlying functions of the left DLPFC mediate age-related and age-independent individual differences in strategic social behavior. Neuron, 73(5), 1040-1051. [PDF]


  • Steinbeis, N., & Koelsch, S. (2011). Affective priming effects of musical sounds on the processing of word meaning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(3), 604-621. [PDF]

before 2009

  • Singer, T., & Steinbeis, N. (2009). Differential roles of fairness- and compassion-based motivations for cooperation, defection and punishment. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 41-50. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Koelsch, S. (2009). Understanding the intentions behind man-made products elicits neural activity in areas dedicated to mental state attribution. Cerebral Cortex, 19(3), 619-623. [PDF]

  • Koelsch, S.,  Kilches, S., Steinbeis, N. & Schelinski, S. (2008). Effects of Unexpected Chords and of Performer's Expression on Brain Responses and Electrodermal Activity. PLoS One, 3(7), e2631. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002631. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Koelsch, S. (2008). Shared neural resources between music and language indicate semantic processing of musical tension-resolution patterns. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 1169 - 1178. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., & Koelsch, S. (2008). Comparing the processing of music and language meaning using EEG and fMRI provides evidence for similar and distinct neural representations. PLoS One, 3(5), e2226. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002226. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Koelsch, S. & Sloboda, J.A. (2006). The role of harmonic expectancy violations in musical emotions: Evidence from subjective, physiological and neural responses. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18 (8), 1380-1393. [PDF]

  • Steinbeis, N., Koelsch, S. & Sloboda, J.A. (2005). Emotional Processing of Harmonic Expectancy Violations. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1060, 457-461. [PDF]