At the Department of Research Methods in Early Child Development we investigate the underlying mechanisms of young children's social interactions with their peers.
In our research we integrate eye tracking and motion sensor technology into behavioral paradigms to measure children's internal arousal as well as their emotional expression. With these new scientific lenses emotions and the underlying mechanisms of behavior become visible, measurable, and interpretable.
We are a small but steadily growing team and always welcome inquiries for Bachelor and Masters thesis projects.
The following publications illustrate the kind of research we do:
Hepach, R. (2017). Prosocial Arousal in Children. Child Development Perspectives, 11(1), 50-55.
Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2017). The fulfillment of others’ needs elevates children’s body posture. Developmental Psychology, 53(1), 100-113.
Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Children's intrinsic motivation to provide help themselves after having accidentally harmed others (advance online). Child Development.
Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2015). Novel paradigms to measure variability of behavior in early childhood: posture, gaze, and pupil dilation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.
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