LFE

Profile of the Leipzig Research Center
for Early Child Development (LFE)

If you are interested in one of the topics, please contact the responsible project manager.

Project: „Children’s gaming behavior in a free setting”

This master’s thesis aims at exploring the relationship between how children play games and the values of their cultures. In cooperation with a game designer, we designed the a game called “KoKo“, which can be played in different gaming contexts (cooperative or competitive). This master’s thesis explores how German children intuitively play KoKo. Do children prefer to play KoKo cooperatively or competitively? How quickly do they switch between these different options? What rules do they develop while playing the game? Using naturalistic observations, these questions will be addressed in 3- to 5-year-olds. Data will be collected in kindergartens in Leipzig, thus, potential candidates should have a good understanding of the German language. The master’s thesis includes data collection, statistical analyses, and data interpretation, and should be written in English.

Project managers: Sarah Peoples and Theo Toppe
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How does it feel for children to do the morally right thing?

This project investigates the effect of prosocial behavior on the posture of preschoolers. The data collection is organised by the LFE.

Planned period of time for conducting the study and writing the master thesis: 8 to 10 months.

Project manager: Robert Hepach
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What motivates children to protest against conventional and moral rule violations? Are moral rule violations more charged with emotions (physiological arousal)?

The data collection is organised by the LFE.

Planned period of time for conducting the study and writing the master thesis: 9 to 11 months.

Project manager: Robert Hepach
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Are functional social relationships for children intrinsically rewarding and are there differences to clinical populations with social anxiety disorders?

The data collection is organised by the LFE.

Planned period of time for conducting the study and writing the master thesis: 7 to 10 months.

Project manager: Robert Hepach