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Main Research Areas of the Departments

Biological Personality Psychology

The Biological Personality Psychology group is concerned with the assessment, explanation and consequences of differences between individuals in psychological traits. A special focus lies on the biological foundations of individual differences, which we study with evolutionary psychological, behavioral genetic, anthropological, endocrinological, and neuroscientific methods. In addition, we are interested in person perception and the links between personality and social relationships.

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Developmental Psychology

The Department of Developmental Psychology investigates the ontogeny of cognitive abilities in human children (and is interested, from a comparative point of view, in the cognitive development of other primates). Our main focus is on the early development of social cognition, shared intentionality, ‘theory of mind’ and cooperation in infancy and the preschool years.

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Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

The Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is responsible for the curriculum in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Clinical Diagnostics within the BSc and MSc programmes. The postgraduate study program "Psychological Psychotherapy" is also organized by the Department. Postgraduate Masters in Psychology can enroll to receive their license to practise psychotherapy.

The Department comprises an Out-Patient Center for Psychotherapy, the TBZ (Therapie- und Beratungszentrum).

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Cognition Sciences

At the department of cognition sciences and psychology about decision-making we pay close attention to higher cognitve processes, that determine our thinking, learning and the way we make decisions.

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Cognitive neuroscience

The Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory is carrying out research on the neuronal bases of information processing in the brain. The main focus is placed on visual perception and its modulation by cognitive factors, such as attention. While most of the experiments are aimed at understanding basic phenomena, the results could also be of importance in understanding neurological disturbances, thereby offering the possibility for therapeutical developments.

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Economic- and Social Psychology

Economic Psychology deals with the experience and behavior of human beings in an economic context. It is separated into the areas of occupational psychology (e.g. work load and occupational stress/load and stress on the job, selection of personnel, human resource development), market psychology (e.g. advertising effectiveness, market segmentation) and financial psychology (e.g. investor behavior, tax compliance). Our exploratory focus is on financial psychology, particularly escalation on loss making investment decisions as well as price perception (for example in the context of the EURO introduction). Furthermore we analyze „mental satiation“ in the working life from the area of occupational psychology.

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Educational Psychology

We investigate the neurocognitive processes underlying the successful acquisition of knowledge and ways to optimize learning.

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Experimental Psychology

In this department we examine basic cognitive processes of perception, memory and language.

Our courses for BA-students offer introductions in research methods, in psychology of perception an emotion. ...

For MA-students we offer courses in multivariate statistics, in experimental investigation of consciousness, in neurophysiology of perception, and in language and memory.

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Psychology of Language

The Psychology of Language Department examines the neurocognitive bases of language learning and language processing in infants, children and adults. In particular, we are interested in examining the mechanisms underlying word learning and word recognition in different populations learning different languages using behavioural and neurophysiological methods.

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Social Psychology

Department VI 'Social and Communication Psychology' of the Georg-Elias-Müller Institut for Psychology provides research and graduate teachings in social psychology, communication psychology and economic psychology.

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