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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.


Prof. Michaela Riediger received the 2018 teaching award of the Institute of Psychology in the category "Best Lecture".

May 2018

Dr. Jennifer Bellingtier received the Best Innovative Research Award at the SSEA Thematic Conference: Self and Identity in Emerging Adulthood, May 17-19, 2018, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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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Blanke, E., Riediger, M., & Brose, A. (2018). Pathways to happiness are multidirectional: Associations between state mindfulness and everyday affective experience. Emotion, 18(2), 202-211. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000323
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latest update: 2018-05-28