All URPP labs are „cross-sectional“ units that serve and are accessible to all URPP research groups, regardless of primary research area. There are multiple links also between these labs in the development, implementation and evaluation of within-person focused quality of life stabilizing research approaches and interventions.



Key Research Laboratories

training lab


The training lab implements training studies to test for differential learning and training effects in different age groups. The lab also develops and outlines standards for efficient, participatory, daily life trainings study protocols in order to implement a counseling service for URPP- and other researchers planning training studies with healthy older adults. Go to projects

within-peson health activity analytics lab

This lab encompasses a URPP-wide conceptual and methods development structure with the aim to provide hard- and software devices for mobile ambulatory assessment, intervention, and analysis of health-related functioning in real life. The lab further provides support and guidance regarding within-person and process-oriented research focusing on health stabilization. This lab also develops, implements, and coordinates a large-scale measurement burst study to investigate the short-term fluctuations and long-term trajectories between cognitive, social, emotional functioning, mobility, and daily life contexts in healthy older adults. Go to projects

health-biomarker lab


All analyses and ethics regulations regarding psychobiological data (e.g., hormones, genes) are being handled by this lab in close collaboration with different research groups particularly from from Research Area I (“Principles of Healthy Aging”). Go to projects

psychological-medical research collaborations lab

This lab bridges the gap between psychological and medical approaches to address processes of health-behavior change in the context of multimorbid and other geriatric populations of adults. To this end, the lab has established interdisciplinary collaborations with medical partners on psychosocial determinants of health behaviors (e.g., medication adherence, physical activity) of people with certain index diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease) or multimorbidity. Our research further addresses questions on quality of life and coping with illness. Go to projects

participatory research lab

This lab maintains close linkages and collaborations to the other URPP research areas and research groups. The three main aims of this lab are research, education, and communication. As far as research is concerned, the main emphasis is to implement and evaluate novel participatory research methods with varying degrees of stakeholder involvement. As far as education is concerned, the lab develops a toolbox that facilitates the implementation of participatory research methods for researchers and a curriculum for science literacy of older adults and practitioners. In terms of communication, the lab refines and extends various communication, networking and outreach tools, including a web-based platform. Go to projects