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Department of Psychology

The department of Psychology consists of 16 research units. All of these contribute to the study programs: Bachelor of Science (Major), Bachelor of Science (Minor) and Master of Science. in Psychology (Major). Graduate training for Doctoral Candidates is also provided by the research units. At the Department two research foci can be identified:


Life Perspectives: Opportunities and Adversities (Life Chances)

The research focus is on the impact of intrinsic and environmental factors including their subjective representations on the lives of individuals as well as groups. The development within a life course depends on the perception, appraisal and handling of (social) life circumstances as well as coping with or profiting from these. Among others, we investigate processes of personality and identity development, learning, psychological as well as social (co-)regulation as well as coping with disability and (severe) illness. We cooperate with the faculty of Sociology, Public Health, Economy, and Educational Science.


Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS)

The research focus is on the neuorcognitive basis of human information processing as well as on the interaction between natural and artificial intelligence (intelligent systems) considering the healthy as well as the impaired mind and brain. The research focus covers the whole range of information processing from attention to memory and language processes, emotion, and motor functions. We cooperate with CITEC (Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology) and the Bethel Foundation.


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