Associated Researchers

Associated Assistant Professors

differential healthy aging research assistant professor mathias allemand

The primary interest lies in the understanding of the patterns, mechanisms, predictors, and outcomes of personality change, plasticity, and development in the context of healthy aging. The current scientific activities center around research questions with respect to long-term developmental processes and short-term change and stabilization processes. The group is also working on measuring activities in everyday life and in the lab using modern assessment technology and is developing mobile technology-based interventions to change personality. Go to website


longitudinal aging reseach assistant professor gizem hülür

The research is centered on individual differences in longitudinal trajectories of cognition and subjective well-being across the lifespan with a focus on old age. Human development unfolds over different time scales. We study developmental processes taking place at different levels of analysis, from generational differences that manifest across decades, to macro-longitudinal trajectories across several years, and micro-longitudinal processes across days. Multi-year trajectories of development are linked to individual differences in experiences and behaviors in daily life. Go to website


methods of plasticity research assistant professor (tenured) nicki langer

The Methods of Plasticity Research Lab aims to advance the understanding about neuronal plasticity, mechanisms for stabilization and compensation across the lifespan. We focus on the development of new neurophysiological and neuroimaging measures to assess changes in cognitive functioning, such as perceptual processing, learning, (working-) memory, decision-making and processing speed. In this context, we design and implement novel multi-modal experimental paradigms (e.g. combined EEG and eye-tracking), offering wealth of features that are analyzed with state of the art methods, including functional network models, machine learning, longitudinal analyses and computational cognitive modeling. Go to website


cognitive decision psychology SNF professor bettina v. helversen

Our research centers on understanding and modeling complex decision-making processes across the lifespan. We investigate the cognitive strategies people use when making judgments and decisions and how these are shaped by individual differences in cognitive abilities, emotions, and task features. A special focus of our work is on understanding how decision and memory processes are interlinked. Our long-term goal is to identify task features that enable us to design decision environments that facilitate maintaining and improving decision performance in the elderly. Go to website


cognitive and affective neuroscience SNF professor sascha frühholz

Our research group focuses on the cognitive, psychological and neural processes that underlie the processing of visual and auditory environmental stimuli as well as emotional stimuli. We have a research focus in auditory and in affective neuroscience. Research projects deal with the cognitive and neural mechanisms of face and voice perception, on voice production, and on emotional processing. We investigate these mechanisms in healthy individuals and in different neurological and psychiatric patient populations as well as in different age groups (children, adults, elderly people).Go to website


Associated Research Group Leaders

CoupleSense: HIER group leader andrea horn

This research group focusses the examination of interpersonal regulation in pair relationships. The interplay between intra- and interpersonal emotion regulation, which is observed in relation to health over the lifespan, is of particular interest. The research is informed through current perspectives on emotion regulation, close relationships, stress response and depression. Another focus is set on the examination of language use, which enables inference about health-relevant parameters in the analysis of real conversations or expressive writing tasks. Methodically, the primary emphasis lies on the assessment via the dyadic ambulatory assessment, which allows the synchronized examination of the variables of interest in everyday life and over time. Besides the subjective experience, also objective data is assessed via Sensing, for example what time the partners spend time with one another. Go to website


muawo group leader matthias hofer

The project focuses on the dynamic relationship between older adults’ media use and their (social, subjective, and psychological) well-being. To examine these dynamics, a measurement burst study (MBS) over two years is planned to track media use and well-being of 100 healthy older adults (60+). More specifically, we apply a longitudinal research design combining (a) longitudinal assessments over relatively long periods and (b) intensive daily assessments of older adults’ well-being and continuous registration of their media use. Finally, the study focuses on the examination of the influence of personality and situational factors on older adults’ media use and well-being. Go to website