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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. (2019). Cool executive functioning predicts not only mean levels but also individual 3-year growth trajectories of zBMI in elementary-school children. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Available online March 20, 2019. doi: 10.1177/0165025419833818
Meixner, J. M., Warner, G.J., Lensing, N., Elsner, B., & Schiefele, U. (2019). The relation between executive functions and reading comprehension in primary-school students: a cross-lagged-panel analysis. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 46, 62–74. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.010
Patzwald, C., & Elsner, B. (2019). Do as I say - or as I do?! How 18- and 24-month-olds integrate words and actions to infer intentions in situations of match or mismatch. Infant Behavior and Development, 55, 46-57. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.03.004
Schönebeck, M., & Elsner, B. (2019). ERPs reveal perceptual and conceptual processing in 14-month-olds' observation of complete and incomplete action end-states. Neuropsychologia, 126, 102-112. Available online 21 October 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.10.026