Welcome to the lab of Prof. Dr. Mitja Back. My associates, students and I are interested in the interplay of personality and social relationships.

Our research focuses on how personality affects the initiation and maintenance of social relationships and how, in turn, social relationships feed back into the development of social identities. Latest projects cover topics such as personality self-knowledge, the popularity of narcissists, the accuracy of interpersonal judgments, personality and speed-dating, personality and the development of friendships, as well as the indirect assessment of personality and attraction.

In teaching, we provide a comprehensive B.Sc.- and M.Sc.-program in personality psychology and psychological assessment, including lectures and courses on psychodiagnostics, test theory, differential psychology, performance, ability and personality tests, test construction, and psychological examination.

Interested in writing your thesis in our lab? Several exciting topics for Bsc.- and MSc.-projects available!

Interested in joining our lab as a research trainee? See attached pdf!

Would you like to be a participant in one of our projects?
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Latest news:

With a talk and a workshop on Open Science Katharina Geukes and Sarah Humberg made a strong contribution to the 48th ASP-Tagung "Spitzenleistungen und Sportpsychologie: Der Weg zu Olympia" in Münster, Germany (May 5 - 7, 2016)

Marius Leckelt received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for research stay with Dr Jason Rentfrow at the University of Cambridge.

Marius Leckelt received a scholarship from the European Association for Personality Psychology to attend the European Conference on Personality 18 in Timisoara, Romania.