In teaching , we represent developmental psychology in the B.Sc.- / M.Sc. degree program Psychology.
In our research , we deal with a broad spectrum of basic and application-oriented topics. Our research focuses on the development of text-language comprehension and memory, the acquisition of media literacy from the preschool age, media impact and learning with the media, development of spatial cognitions and mathematical competencies.
The professorship is also the scientific director of the Center for Media Didactics (ZfM). It is a central scientific institution that sees itself as an interdisciplinary meeting place in the field of digital media.
The introductory event for the EPSY-1 and EPSY-2 modules will take place on April 30, 2019, 12:00 - 14:00 in the Külpe-Hörsaal (address: Röntgenring 12, Würzburg). In this event, the participations will be allocated for the seminars "Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development II" as well as "Autism", "Social Interactions" and "Developments in adolescence".
We welcome Viktoria Thielen in the team of developmental psychology for the next weeks. She will help us as a research trainee to get to know the different tasks of scientific work better. We wish you a pleasant start and a successful time in developmental psychology!
We welcome our new colleague Franziska Freudenberger from February 2019.
She works as a research assistant within the DFG-funded project "A media sign literacy training program for kindergarten children ".
We wish you a pleasant start and a successful time in developmental psychology!
Short description of the DFG-funded project "A media sign literacy program for kindergarten children"
Even at the kindergarten age, media literacy is an important factor in the development of educational relevant skills and is a predictor for the acquisition of later academic skills. The DFG-funded project "Training of Media Sign Literacy in Kindergarten" is a cooperation between the JMU Würzburg and the TU Chemnitz. The aim is to develop and evaluate a training program to promote media sign skills among 4- to 5-year-olds, which can be used independently in the kindergarten by educators. In addition to the effect on media literacy, the impact of the training on educational skills and the learning effectiveness of digital media will be examined. For this purpose, a long-term study over two years will be conducted at the sites of Würzburg and Chemnitz.
The total duration of the project is three years. For this purpose, employees from both the developmental psychology department and the Centre for Media Didactics are working on the project in Würzburg. In addition, new doctoral positions will be created in Würzburg and in Chemnitz.