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 Media Center (ZfM). It is a central scientific institution that sees itself as an interdisciplinary meeting place in the field of digital media.
We welcome our new team member Tamara Scholze.
From September 2019 she works as a research associate within the project "The impact of digital stress related media literacy on children and youth" funded by the Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.
We wish her a pleasant start and a successful time at the chair of Developmental Psychology at the University of Würzburg!
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.