to the Department of Developmental Psychology

How do individuals develop from infancy to very old age? Why do developmental pathways differ between individuals? What are the contributions of biology, social and historical contexts, 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.

The team of our department is committed to the tradition of lifespan psychology. 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. Findings from our studies have been published in numerous internationally renowned journals and books.


  • The Senate of the Leibniz Association elected Professor Michaela Riediger as a member of the Senate Competition Committee.
  • New publication: Rauers, A. & Riediger, M. (July 29, 2022). Ease of mind or ties that bind? Costs and benefits of disclosing daily hassles in partnerships. Personality and Social Psychological Science.
  • New publication in press: Bellingtier, J. A., Luong, G., Wrzus, C., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2022). A domain-differentiated approach to everyday emotion regulation from adolescence to older age. Psychology and Aging, 37(3), 338-349

Information on current regulations of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in the course of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) crisis is available here. de Here you can find information on our teaching in the summer semester 2021.


Department of Developmental Psychology
Opening hours:
by appointment
You can find our laboratory here:
Center for Lifespan Developmental Science, Room 2nd Floor
Semmelweisstr. 12
07743 Jena