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?
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Latest news:

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Steffen Nestler, Roos Hutteman, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the Journal of Research in Personality: "Trait Personality and State Variability: Predicting Individual Differences in Within- and Cross-Context Fluctuations in Affect, Self-Evaluations, and Behavior in Everyday Life." pdf

Sarah Humberg and Stefanie Wurst received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to attend the European Conference on Personality 18 in Timisoara, Romania.

New Chapter by Katharina Geukes, Maarten van Zalk, and Mitja D. Back is now in press: "Analyzing Processes in Personality Development." pdf