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.


  • Science Exchange: Online-Workshop Implementing the use of the OSF in reproducible workflow with Prof. Dr. Kai Horstmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), June 16th 2021. If you are interested in attending please contact Jennifer Bellingtier, Ph D.
  • Dr. Antje Rauers acquired funding for a research project submitted to the program Pro Chance Carrier. The project will investigate the role of looking behavior for empathic judgments in young and late adulthood.
  • Dr. Antje Rauers was awarded the institute’s 2021 Teaching Award for the best seminar. Congratulations!
  • One of our recent publications on age differences in empathy was featured in an article in the Washington Post, discussing 5 facts about empathy. Here you can read the article to learn more.
    Featured publication: Riediger, M., & Blanke, E. S. (2020). Knowing what others think and feel: Empathic accuracy across adulthood. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, 2, 157-176. doi: 10.1146/annurev-devpsych-040920-035557 (Full text)
  • New publication in press: Wrzus, C., Luong, G., Wagner, G. G. & Riediger, M. (in press). Longitudinal Coupling of Momentary Stress Reactivity and Trait Neuroticism: Specificity of States, Traits, and Age period. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences.

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
Institute of Psychology
Am Steiger 3/1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-45201
+49 3641 9-45202
Opening hours:
by appointment
You can find our laboratory here:
Center for Lifespan Developmental Science, Room 2nd Floor
Semmelweisstr. 12
07743 Jena
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