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Toby Grossmann

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
310 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

2012-2016 Group Leader Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
2012 Habilitation Heidelberg University
2007-2011 Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow University of London, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
2006 Ph.D. Leipzig University/Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

AS-PSYC The developmental origins of social interaction processing in the human brain
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 15, 2020 – August 31, 2023
Empathy Development in Infancy and Adolescence: The Role of Attachment
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Epigenctic influences on the early development of social brain functions
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
July 01, 2017 – June 30, 2021
The study of Mothers' and Infants' Microbiomes and Social Development(SIMMS)
Source: The Dannon Company Inc
March 01, 2018 – December 31, 2019
PSYC 2700: Introduction to Child Psychology
Credits: 3
Introduces the biological, cognitive and social development of the child. Topics include the child's emotional, perceptual, and intellectual development; and the development of personality and socialization. Students can participate in an optional discussion section. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 strongly recommended, top students will be fine without it.
PSYC 3490: Infant Development
Credits: 3
Infancy is the time of life during which enormous changes take place- newborns are very different from the inquisitive, walking and talking 2-year-old. The following lines of development during the first two years are traced in detail: motor, perceptual, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Environmental influences, including parental behavior are considered, as well as the effect the infant has on caregivers.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
NESC 3960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Students in Neuroscience major are expected to participate in active research, supervised by a faculty research mentor. The course grade is based on 10 hours/week lab work toward achieving term goals that are determined individually at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to submit a Term Plan one month after the first day of classes and a Progress Report two weeks before the last day of classes.
PSYC 4559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 4607: Uniquely Human Social Cognition
Credits: 3
One fundamental question in psychology is what makes humans such intensely social beings. In this course we will examine the evolutionary, developmental, and brain foundations that underpin our ultrasocial nature.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
NESC 4970: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
COGS 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
COGS 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
NESC 4980: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
PSYC 7330: Social Brain in Infancy
Credits: 3
This course will introduce and discuss existing research in the area of developmental social neuroscience with a specific focus on the first year of life. Particular attention will be given to the overarching principles that guide the developmental of human social brain function in infancy.
PSYC 7505: Contemporary Issues: Developmental Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.