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How do individuals develop from infancy to very old age? Why do developmental pathways differ between individuals? What are the contributions of biology ("nature"), social and historical contexts ("nurture"), and the developing individuals themselves? How can one characterize and promote positive development? These are some of the questions that developmental psychology seeks to answer.

Our department is committed to the tradition of lifespan psychology in teaching and research. We offer classes in Bachelor and Master programs that address basic and applied aspects of human development from conception to death.

The lifespan approach also infuses our research agenda. Together with national and international cooperation partners, we investigate children, adolescents, and adults from various age groups, including very old age. Our research interests include, among others, the development of socio-emotional and self-regulatory processes, and the acquisition and consequences of subjective beliefs about development and aging. Findings from our studies have been published in numerous internationally renowned journals and books.


September 2018: Visiting scientist

Dr. Claudia M. Haase (Northwestern University) will visit our department and give a colloquium talk on "Emotion in Couples: Developmental Consequences, Changes, and Contexts" on September 20, 2018, at 10.15 am. Venue: Department of Developmental Psychology, Am Steiger 3/1, room E0024. You are coridially invited to attend!

August 2018: Postdoctoral research Award

Dr. Jennifer Bellingtier presented research from the CELISE project "Mindfulness and Anticipatory Coping Everyday (MACE)" at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in San Francisco. She was awarded the Postdoctoral Research Award from APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). Read a Time Magazine story about her research here and an article in a German journal here.

Recent Publications

Cohrdes, C., Wrzus, C., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & Riediger, M. (2018, March 19). "The sound of affect": Age differences in perceiving valence and arousal in music and their relation to music characteristics and momentary mood. Musicae Scientiae, First Published March 19, 2018. doi.org/10.1177/1029864918765613
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latest update: 2018-10-10