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 Michael Grosz, Wilco Emons, Eunike Wetzel, Marius leckelt, William Chopik, Norman Rose, and Mitja Back is now in press in Assessment: "A comparison of unidimensionality and measurement precision of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and the Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire" pdf

New paper by Marius Leckelt and colleagues is now in press in Psychological Assessment: "Validation of the Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry  Questionnaire short scale (NARQ-S) in convenience and representative samples" pdf

Dr. Katharina Geukes successfully completed the WWU mentoring program "Erstklassig!" - an 18-month scholarship, involving professional and peer mentoring, networking, research/practice-transfer events, as well as customized intensive trainings, for excellent postdoctoral researchers on their way to their first professorship

Mentoring Program Erstklassig!
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