The core URPP research agenda is organized around three overall topics, namely the (1) maintenance and stabilization of (2) quality of life and health (3) in adulthood, primarily in later adulthood and old age or with an age-comparative focus. In addition, research at the URPP is characterized by three specific methodological approaches: Due to our inherent interest in processes (overall stabilization, but also change at lower levels), we emphasize (1) longitudinal designs, including micro- and macro-time scales (e.g., ambulatory assessment, measurement burst designs, training studies, classical longitudinal studies), a (2) a focus on measurements also in real life (rather than purely laboratory-based studies), and (3) the explicit consideration of the context of human development, behavior, and experiences.
The Five Research Areas
This research area investigates cognitive, neurophysiological and neuroanatomical determinants of complex cognitive abilities or interventions to improve cognitive functioning. The area shares a strong methodological focus on the longitudinal covariance of behavioral and brain functioning over short-, medium-, and long-term time scales.
This research area shares an overall focus on stress-, hormonal-, resilience-, and motivational life-management processes and interventions in healthy aging.
The main emphasis of this research area lies on quality of life-oriented assessments and interventions in multimorbidity in a diverse array of geriatric subgroups. Results will provide starting points for the development of need-oriented quality of life- and multimorbidity-management that incorporates personal needs and everyday demands.
This research area serves as a complementary and cross-area structure to transform results obtained in the three other areas for the development and implementation of practice-oriented interventions and evaluations for the individualized stabilization of quality of life in older adults.
The main emphasis and function of this new research area in the third funding period is to engage in research that cuts across themes and disciplines by addressing topics and challenges common among all groups due to shared methodological and conceptual approaches.