Miriam Löffler

LIFE Zurich

LIFE Fellow since 2023, University of Zurich

I am a PhD student at the chair of Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood and the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich. I received my master’s degree at the University of Vienna in Austria and wrote my thesis about the development of children’s prosocial behaviour and the significance of mother-child interactions with a particular focus on the children’s helping behaviour towards mothers and strangers. In my dissertation, I will investigate the influence of maturation and experience by studying the consequences of premature birth and the resulting extended exposition with respect to a broad range of developing skills. Furthermore, I will examine the social-emotional development of children born preterm, determining potential risk and protective factors. For this purpose, I will be using the kleineWeltentdecker app, which is developed by researchers from the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Zurich. By using the kleineWeltentdecker app, caregivers can document the development of their children in a diary. The kleineWeltentdecker app allows us to measure development in children longitudinally and continuously to capture the dynamic of developmental change over time and age.

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