WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

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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.

News

September 2017: Dr. Jennifer A. Bellingtier will join the department

We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Jennifer A. Bellingtier to the Department of Developmental Psychology in September 2017! Her office will be in room E020, Am Steiger 3, Haus 1.

Recent Publications

Wrzus, C., Egloff, B., & Riediger, M. (in press). Using implicit association tests in age-heterogeneous samples: The importance of cognitive abilities and quad model processes. Psychology and Aging.

Cohrdes, C., Wrzus, C., Frisch, S., & Riediger, M. (in press). Tune yourself in: Valence and arousal preferences in music-listening choices from adolescence to old age. Developmental Psychology.

Blanke, E., Rauers, A., & Riediger, M. (2016). Does being empathic pay off? Associations between performance-based measures of empathy and social adjustment in younger and older women. Emotion, 16, 671-683. doi:10.1037/emo0000166
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latest update: 2017-06-23