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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.


April 2019: Visiting scientist

Prof. Dr. Shevaun Neupert (North Carolina State University) will visit our department and give a talk on "Daily Well-Being across Contexts" on April 11, 2019, at 12:15 pm. Venue: Am Steiger 3/1, room E024. You are cordially invited to attend!

Summer term 2019

During the summer term several scientists will visit our department and give a colloquium talk. Please have a look at our research colloquium schedule (PDF). You are cordially invited to attend!

February 2018: Best Poster Award

Dr. Jennifer Bellingtier presented research from the CELISE project "Mindfulness and Anticipatory Coping Everyday (MACE)" at the Advancing the field of Subjective Aging and Health International Workshop in Haifa, Israel. She was awarded the Best Poster Award for originality, innovation, academic quality, methodological quality, and contribution to the field. The presentation was based on findings published in Emerging Adulthood. View the full article here.

latest update: 2019-02-26