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Welcome to our child studies!

Would you also like to learn more about child development?

We are a team of scientists who study the mental processes and behaviour of children in order to obtain a better understanding of human development.

Have you also ever asked yourself how children perceive their environment? And when children are observed, do they make decisions that are different from those they make when alone? How do children empathise with the wishes and beliefs of others? In what situations do children come to independent understandings with their peers?

And what is the situation in other cultures, where children grow up very differently from us?

These and others are questions to which we seek answers together with parents, kindergartens, after-school childcare centres and schools. We have a long-standing and successful track record when it comes to research in this field:

Thanks to your support in recent years, we have been able to implement a large number of research projects and have discovered fascinating insights. Further information on these topics is provided in our newsletter.

Would you like to cooperate with us or register your child for our studies?

Then simply contact  Katharina Haberl  or fill in our registration form. Thank you very much!

Are you also interested to take part in online studies? More info on kinderschaffenwissen.de (in German only).

The following section contains further information about how studies are conducted at the Institute, at kindergartens, schools and after-school childcare centres.

Studies at the Institute

Parents whose children are the right age for our studies receive a leaflet from us. If interested, the parents then send us their contact details. As soon as the study has been fully structured and prepared, we phone the parents and make an appointment – in the manner that suits them best.

When parents come to our Institute, the young participant is given priority: children are given time to explore the playroom and get to know the experimenter. While this is taking place, we explain to the parents what the study is about and what the process entails.

Incidentally: Our research questions are always embedded in a play situation so that the children have fun. There are no “correct” or “incorrect” answers. 

See here how studies are conducted at the MPI.

Studies at kindergartens/after-school childcare centres/schools

Here too, parents are informed about our studies by a leaflet in the childcare institution, and give their written consent for their children to participate in the study. If children are within the right age window for one of our studies, we make an appointment with the principal. We always begin by getting to know the children on site, and choose children who are keen to take part in the study. The principal and the staff of the institutions support our research, for example by providing us with separate rooms in which to conduct our studies.