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Vaish, A. (in press). The prosocial functions of early social emotions: The case of guilt. Current Opinion in Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.08.008

Vaish, A., Kelsey, C., Tripathi, A., & Grossmann, T. (in press). Attentiveness to eyes predicts generosity in a reputation-relevant context. Evolution and Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.07.004

Vaish, A. (in press). Sophisticated concern in early development. In N. Roughley and T. Schramme (Eds.), Forms of Fellow Feeling. Cambridge University Press.


Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2017). Children’s intrinsic motivation to provide help themselves after accidentally harming others. Child Development, 88, 1251-1264. [pdf]

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2017). The fulfillment of others’ needs elevates children’s body posture. Developmental Psychology, 53, 100-113.


Davidov, M., Vaish, A., Knafo-Noam, A., & Hastings, P. D. (2016). The motivational foundations of prosocial behavior from a developmental perspective – Evolutionary roots and key psychological mechanisms: Introduction to the special section. Child Development, 87, 1655-1667. [pdf]

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., Grossmann, T., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Young children want to see others get the help they need. Child Development, 87, 1703-1714. [pdf]

Vaish, A., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2016). The early emergence of guilt-motivated prosocial behavior. Child Development, 87, 1772-1782. [pdf]

Over, H., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Do young children accept responsibility for the negative actions of ingroup members? Cognitive Development, 40, 24-32. [pdf]

Vaish, A. (2016). Flexible concern: The development of multidetermined and context-dependent empathic responding. Child Development Perspectives, 10(3). [pdf]

Vaish, A., Herrmann, E., Markmann, C., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Preschoolers value those who sanction non-cooperators. Cognition, 153, 43-51. [pdf]

*Rajhans, P., Altvater-Mackensen, N., Vaish, A., & Grossmann, T. (2016). Children’s altruistic behavior in context: The role of emotional responsiveness and culture. Scientific Reports, 6: 24089. doi:10.1038/srep24089 [pdf]


Vaish, A., Grossmann, T., & Woodward, A. (2015). Person-centred positive emotions, object-centred negative emotions: 2-year-olds generalize negative but not positive emotions across individuals. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33, 391-397. [pdf]

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2015). Novel paradigms to measure variability of behavior in early childhood: Posture, gaze, and pupil dilation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 858. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00858


Jensen, K., Vaish, A., & Schmidt, M. F. H. (2014). The emergence of human prosociality: Aligning with others through feelings, concerns, and norms. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 822. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00822

Kinzler, K., & Vaish, A. (2014). Political infants? Developmental origins of the negativity bias. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 318. [Commentary]

Liebal, K., Vaish, A., Haun, D., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Does sympathy motivate prosocial behavior in great apes? PLoS One, 9(1):e84299. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084299

Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2014). The early ontogeny of human cooperation and morality. In M. Killen and J. G. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of Moral Development (pp. 279-298). Taylor and Francis. [link]


Grossmann, T., Vaish, A., Franz, J., Schroeder, R., Stoneking, M., & Friederici, A. D. (2013). Emotional voice processing: Investigating the role of genetic variation in the serotonin transporter across development. PLoS One, 8(7): e68377. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068377

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children sympathize less in response to unjustified emotional distress. Developmental Psychology, 49(6), 1132-1138. [pdf]

Tomasello, M., & Vaish, A. (2013). Origins of human cooperation and morality. Annual Reviews of Psychology, 64, 231-255. [pdf]

            ♦ Translated into German: Tomasello, M., & Vaish, A. (2016). Die Entstehung menschlicher Kooperation und Moral. J. Nida-Rümelin und J. Heilinger (Eds.), Moral, Wissenschaft, Wahrheit (pp. 181- 221). Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter.

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). A new look at children’s prosocial motivation. Infancy, 18(1), 67-90. [pdf]

Herrmann, E., Keupp, S., Hare, B., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Direct and indirect reputation formation in non-human great apes and human children. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127(1), 63-75. [pdf]


Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Young children are intrinsically motivated to see others helped.Psychological Science, 23(9), 967-972. [pdf]

Vaish, A., & Warneken, F. (2012). Social-cognitive contributors to young children’s empathic and prosocial behavior. In J. Decety (Ed.), Empathy: From Bench to Bedside (pp. 131-146). Cambridge: MIT Press. [pdf]


Vaish, A., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Young children’s responses to guilt displays. Developmental Psychology, 47(5), 1248-1262. [pdf]

Vaish, A., Demir, Ö. E., & Baldwin, D. (2011). Thirteen- and 18-month-old infants recognize when they need referential information. Social Development, 20(3), 431-449. [pdf]

Vaish, A., Missana, M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Three-year-old children intervene in third-party moral transgressions. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29(1), 124-130. [pdf]

Grossmann, T., Johnson, M. H., Vaish, A., Hughes, D., Quinque, D., Stoneking, M., & Friederici, A. (2011). Genetic and neural dissociation of individual responses to emotional expressions in human infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1(1), 57-66. [pdf]


Vaish, A., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Young children selectively avoid helping people with harmful intentions. Child Development, 81(6), 1661-1669. [pdf]

Vaish, A., & Woodward, A. (2010). Infants use attention but not emotions to predict others’ actions. Infant Behavior and Development, 33(1), 79-87. [pdf]


Vaish, A., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Sympathy through affective perspective-taking and its relation to prosocial behavior in toddlers. Developmental Psychology, 45(2), 534-543. [pdf]

♦ Reprinted in M. Killen and R. Coplan (Eds.) (2011), Social development in childhood and adolescence: A contemporary reader (pp. 48-61). Wiley-Blackwell.


Vaish, A., Grossmann, T., & Woodward, A. (2008). Not all emotions are created equal: The negativity bias in social-emotional development. Psychological Bulletin134(3), 383-403. [pdf]

Grossmann, T., & Vaish, A. (2008). Reading faces: Developing a multi-level analysis of a social stimulus. In T. Striano & V. Reid (Eds.), Social cognition: Development, neuroscience and autism (pp. 167-180). Blackwell. [pdf]


Lillard, A., Nishida, T., Massaro, D., Vaish, A., Ma, L., & McRoberts, G. (2007). Signs of pretense across age and scenario. Infancy, 11, 1-30. [pdf]


Striano, T., & Vaish, A. (2006). Seven- to 9-month-old infants use facial expressions to interpret others’ actions. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 753-760. [pdf]

Striano, T., Vaish, A., & Benigno, J. (2006). The meaning of infants’ looks: Information-seeking and comfort-seeking?British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 615-630. [pdf]

Striano, T., Henning, A., & Vaish, A. (2006). Selective looking by 12-month-olds to a temporally contingent partner.Interaction Studies, 7, 233-250. [pdf]


Vaish, A., & Woodward, A. (2005). Baby steps on the path to understanding intentions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 717-718. (Commentary) [pdf]


Vaish, A., & Striano, T. (2004). Is visual reference necessary? Contributions of facial versus vocal cues in 12-month-olds’ social referencing behavior. Developmental Science, 7, 261-269. [pdf]