Key Areas of Research Interests are:

Cognitive development in infancy, toddlers and preschool children:

  • Memory development in Early Infancy
  • The development of Pretend Play Abilities
  • The development of Invisible displacement ability

Cognitive Development during Childhood and throughout Adulthood

Structure and Function of Memory:

  • Memory for Subject-performed actions (SPTs)
  • Explicit and implicit memory
  • Memory Function in Healthy vs. Patient Groups (i.e. those suffering from Alzheimer’s)
  • Training Strategies for Optimal Cognitive Performance at Different Points of Time in Development
  • Memory and Memory-Associated Aspects of Cognitive Development


Current Research Projects (Externally Funded):

  • Emotional Robotics in Elderly Care (ERimAlter)

The cooperation project ‚Emotional Robotics in Elderly Care (ERimAlter)‘ funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, started in October 2013 at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, University of Applied Science. This project investigates requirements for the implementation of robot artifacts in certain target populations as well as the question how these artifacts can be optimized for specific target groups.
Project members: Dipl.-Psych. Stefanie Baisch, M.A. Ziyon Kim

  • "LEGES II Longitudinal Study"

Multicenter Study „LEGES II“ (German: "LErn- und GEdächtnisleistungen vom Säuglings- bis zum Vorschulalter im Kulturvergleich“- Learning & Memory Performance during toddler- and preschool childhood; sponsored by the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)).
Project members: Dr. Claudia Goertz, Dipl-Psych. Sonja Borchert


Finished Research Projects (Externally Funded):

  • Project (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) on the assessment of young infants’ gaze behavior via eye-tracking technology

    Since the end of 2009, a sub-project of the Bernstein-centre “Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology, Frankfurt”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has been established at the Department of Developmental Psychology of the Goethe University. Using eye-tracking technology, young infants` gaze behavior will be investigated. “Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology, Frankfurt” is a cooperation between the Goethe University, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), the Honda Research Institute Europe as well as the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and has an interdisciplinary analysis of the visual system at its focus.
    Project members:
    Dr. Thorsten Kolling, Jantina Bolhuis

  • Multicenter Study „LEGES“ (German: "LErn- und GEdächtnisleistungen von Säuglingen bei unterschiedlichen Forschungsparadigmen und kontrollierten Lernmaterialien" - on the learning and memory performance of infants assessed in various research paradigms with controlled stimuli material. (sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG); 2008-2010)
    Project members: Dr. Claudia Goertz, Dipl.-Psych. Frauke Graf, Dr. Thorsten Kolling

  • The ontogenesis of the memory systems between the first and third year. (sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG); 2004-2007)
    Project members:
    Dr. Claudia Goertz, Dipl.-Psych. Stefanie Frahsek, Dr. Thorsten Kolling

  • The culture of knowledge and societal change (sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG))
    Project members: PD Dr. Wolfgang Mack, Dipl. Psych. Melanie Badstieber

  • Memory for actions: Neural correlates of semantic-verbal representation for actions (sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG); 2006-2009).

  • The science of aging and politics of age (Grant from the university administration, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gisela Zenz)
    Project member:
    Ms. M. A. Ines Himmelsbach



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