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Department of Psychology Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood

Research area kleineWeltentdecker App

The kleineWeltentdecker app is a smartphone-based development diary aimed at parents of children aged 0 to 6 years, enabling them track their children's development and learn about child development. The app applies a new approach to documenting child development that goes beyond providing snapshots of a child’s skills at a specific point in time: It allows us to examine at what point in time skills develop and how the development of different skills in different developmental areas relate to each other. This knowledge is essential for the advancement of theories about children’s development and the acquired data will further our understanding of developmental change.
In the research project "Developmental Diary Application" ( funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the app is being used to answer two important questions in developmental psychology: In the first subproject (maturation vs. experience; M.Sc. Miriam Löffler), we compare the development children born prematurely (between the 28th and 36th week of pregnancy) and fullterm (at 37 weeks and later). The second sub-project (app as intervention; M.Sc. Sandro Stutz) investigates the effects of using the app on parents' parenting behavior and children's development.

Group leader: Dr. Lisa Wagner

Project staff:
M. Sc. Miriam Löffler
M. Sc. Sandro Stutz

Master students:
B.Sc. Pia Buomberger
B.Sc. Lucca Fuchs

B.Sc. Salome Wenk