The Department of Developmental Psychology studies the development of babies, children and young people. In our view, this development is shaped by a continuous interaction between individual characteristics and the environment.
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The Department of Developmental Psychology studies how children develop socially through interaction between environmental influences and personal characteristics. Important environmental influences include upbringing, relationships with others of the same age and subculture/culture. Key personal characteristics include temperament, personality, social cognition and cognitive capacity.
Research focuses on normative and problematic social development (primarily behavioural problems) with great emphasis on interventions that can influence this development. Combinations of longitudinal, experimental and efficay research are used for this.
The department is continiously looking for exchange opportunities with those working in the field. This enables the knowledge from the department to be put into practice quickly. Moreover, contributions from the field ensure that the teaching and research done by the department are relevant to the professional practice.