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UPWIND – Understanding and Improving Daily Cognitive and Affective Within-Child Dynamics in the School Context

The project UPWIND investigates relationships between affective, motivational, and cognitive processes in students. By analysing the differences of the processes in different children, easily implemented support measures tailored to individual students can be developed.

Project Description

In this project, we investigate predictors of short-term fluctuations in cognitive performance, as well as emotional well-being and social experiences in students. Building on the results of an earlier project (FLUX), we examine physical activity and sleep, as well as nutrition, daily events, and motivation as potential variables. We further investigate differences in the effects of these variables between children: Which children, for example, profit more from physical activity before working on cognitive tasks? Which children profit more from longer sleep duration? How can we identify these children? And do these children profit more from intervention measures specifically targeting this behavior?

We approach these questions by applying ambulatory assessment in children’s everyday (school) life. In the first phase, we will lay down the methodological conditions necessary to approach these questions and identify the most promising predictor variables. Building on this work, we want to develop and evaluate person-centered interventions in the second phase.


Further Information

The project is a central part of the strategic partnership between DIPF and the Jacobs Foundation, started in 2017.

Project Management

Project Team

Project Details

Current projects
07/2017 – 06/2022
External funding
Research topic: Assessment
Department: Education and Human Development
Contact: Dr. Andreas Neubauer, Coordinator
last modified Dec 18, 2017