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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.


October 2017: Poster awards

At the DFG workshop "Understanding Others" (Oct 11th -12th in Jena), Frances Buttelmann presented a poster entitled, "14-month-olds anticipate others' actions based on their belief about an object's identity," and Antje Rauers presented a poster entitled, "Now you see it, now you don't: Adult‐age differences in empathic accuracy". Their presentations received a poster award each (out of three awards in total).

Guest Talks in November/December

Prof. Ute Kunzmann (Universität Leipzig) will visit our department and give a talk about "Emotional Aging: Perspectives from Lifespan Psychology" on November 24, 2017, at 13:15 pm.
Dr. Anna Kornadt (Bielefeld University) will visit us and give a talk on December 14, at 12:15 pm.
Venue: Semmelweisstr. 12, room E005. You are cordially invited to attend!

Recent Publications

Cohrdes, C., Wrzus, C., Frisch, S., & Riediger, M. (2017, June 5). Tune yourself in: Valence and arousal preferences in music-listening choices from adolescence to old age. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1037/dev0000362
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latest update: 2017-10-24