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 Steffen Nestler, Marius Leckelt, Mitja D. Back, Ina von der Beck, Ulrike Cress, and Aileen Oeberst is now in press in Psychologische Rundschau: "Produktion von naturwissenschaftlichen Informationen im Internet am Beispiel von Wikipedia." pdf

On the 18th European Conference on Personality in Timisoara (Romania) Caroline Wahle received the first prize of the Poster award of the European Association of Personality Psychology (Title: Appearing smart, confident and motivated: A lens model approach to teachers’ judgment accuracy co-authors; Mitja D. Back, Steffen Nestler, Johanna Pretsch, Friedrich-Wilhelm Schrader, Anna-Katharina Praetorius, and Katrin Hochdörffer). Congratulations! Poster

With 3 chaired symposia, 11 talks, and 2 poster presentations our work group made a strong contribution to the 18th European Conference on Personality in Timisoara (Romania).