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Developmental Psychology investigates age-related changes in behavior and experience that occur across the lifespan of an individual. Research examines different areas of development, e.g., cognitive, emotional, or social capabilities, and asks questions such as: At which age and how exactly do the changes occur? Which factors (e.g., in the individual or the environment) are the causes of developmental changes?
Recent research foci of our department include empirical studies on
Research methods include eye-tracking, EEG, and video-based behavioral analyses.
Lensing, N., & Elsner, B. (in press). Development of hot and cool executive functions in middle childhood: Three-year growth curves of decision-making and working-memory updating. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 173, 187-204. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2018.04.002
Meixner, J. M., Warner, G.J., Lensing, N., Elsner, B., & Schiefele, U. (in press). The relation between executive functions and reading comprehension in primary-school students: a cross-lagged-panel analysis. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Available online 18 May 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.010
Patzwald, C., Curley, C. A., Hauf, P., & Elsner, B. (2018). Differential effects of others’ emotional cues on 18-month-olds’ preferential reproduction of observed actions. Infant Behavior and Development, 51, 60-70. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.04.002
Rohlf, H., Holl, A. K., Kirsch, F., Krahé, B., & Elsner, B. (2018). Longitudinal links between executive function, anger, and aggression in middle childhood. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, Art. 27. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00027