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 information here!

Would you like to be a participant in one of our projects?
Projects that you can currently participate in:

Ich und die Anderen

Other current projects (no new participants!)

Date me for Science

Latest news:

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Felix D. Schönbrodt, Till Utesch, Sebastian Geukes and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie: "Wege aus der Vertrauenskrise – Individuelle Schritte hin zu verlässlicher und offener Forschung" [Ways out of the crisis of confidence – Individual steps towards reliable and open science] osf preprint   pdf

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Maarten H. W. van Zalk and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the International Journal of Behavioral Development: "Understanding Personality Development: An Integrative State Process Model" pdf

With 2 chaired symposia and 10 talks our working unit made a strong contribution to the 50th Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) in Leipzig.