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 and self-enhancement, the indirect assessment of personality and attraction, the assessment of narcissism and the popularity of narcissists, the accuracy of interpersonal judgments, personality and speed-dating, personality and the development of friendships, behavioral, affective, and cognitive state variability, as well as the development of personality and self-esteem in social context.

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.

We are currently looking for student assistants

  • in the Speed-Dating project:
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  • in a new project on the effect of religion on prejudice, negative stereotypes, and conspiracy theories:
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Latest news

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New paper by Jasmin Mahmoodi, Marius Leckelt, Maarten van Zalk, Katharina Geukes, and Mitja Back is now published in a special issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Science on "Big data in the behavioural sciences" edited by Michal Kosinski and Tara Behrend: "Big Data approaches in social and behavioral science: Four key trade-offs and a call for integration" pdf

Our research on friendships was covered in a recent article in Spektrum.de

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Steffen Nestler, Roos Hutteman, Albrecht C.P. Küfner and Mitja D. Back is now in published in 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