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MuKi – Courageous Children: Behaviour-based Investigation of Emotional Expectation- and valuation processes of Multiple Complex-traumatized Children

The MuKi project investigates the reward expectations of children aged 9–11 who have had repeated aversive experiences in their immediate environment and have repeatedly been separated from important caregivers. Emotional expectation and evaluation processes as precursors of social and cognitive learning are the focus of the study.

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DYNAMO – Dynamics of Need Associated Motivation

The DYNAMO project investigates the association between fulfillment of basic psychological needs and motivation in children and adolescents. To that end, a measurement instrument shall be developed which allows for assessing these two constructs in these age groups.

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Äuglein – Eye-Tracking in Schools Accompanying Literacy Acquisition Aiming at Progress-Monitoring, Diagnosis and Intervention

Reading aloud allows the direct monitoring of the reading process (e.g. reading fluency, accuracy, repetitions, omissions) and makes immediate interventions possible if difficulties are detected. For silent reading this is only possible through the use of eye-tracking. The project “Äuglein” [German for little eye] seeks to establish eye-tracking in school as a method that provides detailed insights into individual reading behavior for teachers, parents and children.

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VokSi – App-based vocabulary learning: combination effects of prior knowledge activating and gesture-based learning strategies

It is easier to learn vocabulary if the learners themselves become active. This could be by generating a prediction about the possible translation of the foreign language term or by simultaneously executing a suitable gesture. The objective of this project is to examine these learning activities and to take a closer look at the effects of their interaction.

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