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
EXACT Study


Other current projects (no new participants!)

Date me for Science


Latest news:

New paper by Steffen Nestler, Katharina Geukes, Roos Hutteman, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in Psychometrika: "Tackling longitudinal round-robin data: A Social Relations Growth Model." pdf

New paper by Sascha Krause Mitja D. Back, Boris Egloff, and Stefan C. Schmukle is now in press in the European Journal of Personality: "Predicting self-confident behavior with implicit and explicit self-esteem measures." pdf supplement

Our research on narcissism and its links to socio-economic conditions during emerging adulthood has been featured in an article by the Association for Psychological Science.