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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

The Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, led by Prof. Dr. Marco F. H. Schmidt, investigates the ontogenetic basis of human normativity and cooperation. Our research focuses on the question of how children develop an understanding of norms and rules and which social-cognitive and motivational capabilities contribute to the ontogeny of human normativity.



First new Professor at the Department of Psychology: Prof. Dr. Marco Schmidt

The phenomenon of normativity, our sense of right and wrong, is present in all human societies and may be considered an anthropological constant. Understanding the structure and emergence of normativity is fundamental to the social sciences, philosophy, and increasingly the natural sciences.