The 18th edition of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP) biennial conference (ECDP2017) will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from August 29 to September 1, 2017. Noldus will also be exhibiting here.
Changes and progress, the characteristics of development
Although developmental psychology involves the entire lifespan, researchers mostly focus on the period in which changes follow each other fast, from birth to early adulthood. Many studies are devoted to children, their education and development. They include physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality, and emotional growth.
The aim of the studies is to apply the outcomes to help people overcome developmental challenges and reach their full potential.
A wide variety of research questions and subjects fit developmental psychology research. Studies explore topics such as children’s basic understanding of the physical world, how children acquire language, and how they interact socially with other people, for example in parent-child interaction studies.
Examples of parent-child interaction studies
- The Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (O.U.C.H.) Laboratory, run by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, focuses on understanding how caregivers and children interact within the context of pain.
- At the Institute of Psychology of the University Paris Descartes in France, the general objective of Emmanuel Devouche’s research is to improve the knowledge about the exchanges of a baby within his or her social environment.
- As the best place to look at typical eating behavior is in the home, not in a lab setting, Edelson and her colleagues from the Nestlé Research Center in Sweden studied parent-child interactions during meal time using in-home studies.
- The Centre for Infant Cognition (CIC), at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, looked at minute eye gaze changes, hand gestures, and emotions of infants while they are observing a moral dilemma or social interaction, which is usually depicted in a puppet show.
The use of video greatly expands the scope of any research project. That’s why numerous of researchers record video and use Viso® and The Observer® XT for their study. Some observe and record behavior in a stationary observation lab, while others record behavior on-site with a portable lab.
What to expect at the ECDP?
Each day the conference program will kick off with a keynote talk from an international renowned scientist. On Thursday and Friday there’s a keynote talk in the afternoon as well. The keynote speakers of the ECDP 2017 will talk with us about ‘trust and self-control in relationships’, ‘opportunities and challenges of applied games’, ‘children’s developing digital literacy’, ‘the development of moral and social judgements’, and ‘theory of mind development’. Be sure to attend!
Besides (interactive) symposia, round table discussions, oral papers, and poster sessions, the “Living Room of Science” will be open during all breaks for conference attendees to share their opinions and experiences on science-related topics in an informal setting.
In order to keep track of what is going on during the conference, the preliminary program, including all presentations, is available online!
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