Gloria Gehb

PhD Student

Justus-Liebig University Giessen FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Sciences
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany

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I am interested in the relationship between motor development and perceptual development in infancy and toddlerhood. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between the ability to crawl and spatial-cognitive skills as well as emotion perception. In addition to crawling, I am also interested in how fine motor skills influence spatial-cognitive abilities. 

To address these questions, for example, infants who had no crawling experience were trained in locomotion and tested in their visual predictive ability before and after training. To investigate the infants' emotion perception, we developed a ten-level continuum of faces, which consisted of different proportions of joy and fearfulness (so-called morphs). These faces were then dynamically presented to the infants and an eye tracker was used to measure the infants' gaze preferences. 

project-related publications
Gehb, G., Vesker, M., Jovanovic, B., Bahn, D., Kauschke, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2022). The Relationship between Crawling and Emotion Discrimination in 9- to 10-Month-Old Infants. Brain Science, 12(4), 479. find paper
Schwarzer, G., Gehb, G., Kelch, A., Gerhard-Samunda, T. & Jovanovic, B. (2022). Locomotion training contributes to 6-month-old infants' mental rotation ability. Human Movement Science, 85, 102979. find paper
former project-related publications
Dillmann, J., Gehb, G., Peterlein, C. D., & Schwarzer, G (2019). Joint visual attention and locomotor experience: A longitudinal study of infants with treated idiopathic clubfoot. Infant and Child Development, 28(2), e2118. find paper DOI
Gehb, G., Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G (2019). The positive influence of manual object exploration on predictive grasping for a moving object in 9-month-old infants. Journal of Vision, 19(14). find paper DOI
Kelch, A., Schwarzer, G., Gehb, G., & Jovanovic, B. (2021). How 9-month-old crawling infants profit from visual-manual rotations in a mental rotation task. Infant Behavior and Development, 65, 101642. find paper
Kubicek, C., Gehb, G., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2019). Training of 7-month-old infants' manual object exploration skills: Effects of active and observational experience. Infant Behavior and Development, 57, 101353. find paper DOI