Natascha Helbling

LIFE Zurich

LIFE Fellow since 2020, University of Zurich

I received my master’s degree in psychology (minor: biology) at UZH in 2018. Currently, I am a PhD student at the chair of Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood supervised by Moritz M. Daum as well as the Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong supervised by Urs Maurer. In my PhD project (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of their Doc.CH programme), I plan to investigate cultural differences in normative cognitions during childhood. Primarily, I want to look at how different cultural values influence the knowledge about norms, the acceptance of norms and norm violations, as well as the enforcement of norms in children aged four to eight years. My current research project ties in with earlier research I conducted during my master’s thesis and as a research assistant at UZH. During this time, I investigated differences in gesture perception and production as well as cultural differences in moral norm enforcement in mono- and bicultural children and became interested in cross-cultural research.

Dissertation project:

Cultural differences in normative cognitions in childhood


Reinelt, T., Wermelinger, S., Beck, S., Brehm, J., Helbling, N., Manfredi, M., Moersdorf, L., Wagner, L., & Daum, M. M. (2022). Infancy researchers need to change the way they develop their measures: A comment on Byers-Heinlein et al. (2021). Infant and Child Development, 2022, Article e2322.

Wermelinger, S., Gampe, A., Helbling, N., & Daum, M. M. (2020). Do you understand what I want to tell you? Early sensitivity in bilinguals' iconic gesture perception and production. Developmental Science, 23(5), Article e12943.

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