Marius Leckelt was recently interviewed by the Süddeutsche Zeitung for a piece on the so-called narcissism epidemic. pdf

New peer commentary by Katharina Geukes and Mitja D. Back is now published in the European Journal on Personality – a comment on the target article “Integrating Personality Structure, Personality Process, and Personality Development” by Anna Baumert et al. pdf

New paper by Simon M. Breil, Katharina Geukes, and Mitja D. Back is now published in the European Journal of Personality: "Using situational judgment tests and assessment centres in personality psychology". pdf

New comment on xenophobia and fear of strangers by Jens Hellmann, Judith Knausenberger, Gerald Echterhoff, and Mitja Back is now published in a correspondence of Pax Christi. pdf

New Chapter by Mitja Back, Albrecht Küfner, & Marius Leckelt on "Early Impressions of Grandiose Narcissists: A Dual-Pathway Perspective" is now published In A. D. Hermann, A. Brunell, & J. Foster (Eds.), The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies. New York, NY: Springer. pdf

With a keynote, 13 talks, and 2 chaired symposia our work group made a strong contribution to the 14th meeting of the section Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment of the German Psychological Society in München. We also contributed with another 4 talks to meetings of the sections Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Methods and Evaluation in Münster, Jena, and Tübingen, respectively.

Marius Leckelt contributed a quiz on narcissism to the ZEIT Online "Beat the Prof" section.

Autobiographical entry by Mitja Back is now in press in the Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. pdf

Simon Breil received the prize for the best masters thesis of the section Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment of the German Psychological Society for his work on How personality and context shape the behaivor in real-life social interactions. Congratulations!

PsyEval award SoSe17

Stefanie Wurst successfully defended her excellent dissertation on Processes of dating and mate selection in initial romantic encounters and beyond - Congratulations, Dr Stefanie N Wurst!

PsyEval award SoSe17

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

Katharina Geukes received the PsyEval's award for giving the best lecture of the past semester (i.e., Grundlagen psychologischer Diagnostik). Congratulations!

PsyEval award SoSe17

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

New paper by Jasmin Mahmoodi, Marius Leckelt, Maarten van Zalk, Katharina Geukes, and Mitja Back is now in press in Current Opinion in Behavioral Science: "Big Data approaches in social and behavioral science: Four key trade-offs and a call for integration". pdf

New paper by Daniel Leising and Mitja Back is now in press in the Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: "Person perception and accuracy". pdf

A new issue of the European Journal of Personality has just been published.

The new Journal impact factors are out. With a 2-year IF of 3.7 the European Journal of Personality consolidates its strong position as the second highest empirical personality journal.

With a chaired symposia, and 4 talks our work group contributed to the 5th Biennial Meeting of the Association of Research in Personality in Sacramento, USA.

Open Science Initiative and Open Science Concept in Psychology in Münster!

The Institutes for Psychology of the University of Münster have established an Open Science Initiative and agreed on a joint concept for fostering Open Science. The Open Science Initiative of is actively following current efforts to improve the quality of psychological research, discusses implication for the study of psychology at the University of Münster and is working together with all research units of the department to establish the central premises of Open Science in reseach and instruction. The latest version of the Open Science concept-paper of the Institutes for Psychology is available for download here.

For further information see: https://osf.io/x3s5c/

New paper by Michael Grosz, Thomas Lösch and Mitja Back is now in press in the Journal of Research in Personality: "The Narcissism-Overclaiming Link Revisited". pdf

Maarten van Zalk has received an offer of a professorship in developmental psychology (W3) at Osnabrück University and an offer of a professorship for Social Psychology (W2) at Technische Universität Dresden. Congratulations! He has declined the offer from Dresden and accepted the offer from Osnabrück and will start there the 1st of October 2017.

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back is supported by a grant of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" of the University of Münster for the research project "Prejudice, conspiracy theories, and negative stereotypes: The influence of individual and contextual religious factors".

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Steffen Nestler, Roos Hutteman, Michael Dufner, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Boris Egloff, Jaap J. A. Denissen and Mitja D. Back is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Puffed-up but shaky selves: State self-esteem level and variability in narcissists." pdf

A new issue of the European Journal of Personality has just been published.

Our research on narcissism and romantic relationships is featured on psychologytoday.com.

New paper by Aileen Oeberst, Ina von der Beck, Mitja Back, Ulrike Cress, and Steffen Nestler is now in press in Psychological Research: "Biases in the production and reception of collective knowledge: The case of hindsight bias in Wikipedia". pdf

Our research on narcissism is featured in an upcoming issue of Gehirn und Geist: "Ego am Limit".

New paper by Sarah Hirschmüller, Stefan Schmukle, Sascha Krause, Mitja Back, and Boris Egloff is now in press in the Journal of Personality: "Accuracy of self-esteem judgments at zero acquaintance" pdf   osf

Marius Leckelt was recently interviewed by SWR Aktuell and WDR 1Live on Donald Trump's narcissism.

Our research on narcissism is featured in a recent article of Focus.

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back joined the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics" of the University of Münster and is supported by a grant for the research project "Integration at first sight: The role of religion for first mutual impressions of refugees and Germans“.

Simon Breil and Simon Mota received the PsyEval's award for giving the best seminar / best newcomer seminar of the past semester - congratulations!

Best NewcomerBest Seminar

The 2017 Editorial of the European Journal of Personality by Mitja Back is now published.

A new issue of the European Journal of Personality has just been published.

New paper by Judith Hall, Mitja Back, Steffen Nestler, Denise Frauendorfer, Marianne Schmid Mast, and Mollie Ruben is now in press in the Journal of Personality: "How do different ways of measuring individual differences in zero-acquaintance personality judgment accuracy correlate with each other?". pdf

New Chapter by Sarah Humberg, Natalie Förster, Johanna Kaiser, and Felix D. Schönbrodt on "Konsequenzen akkurater Lehrerurteile: Response Surface Analyse als statistisches Verfahren zur Untersuchung von Übereinstimmungshypothesen" [Consequences of accurate teacher judgments: Response Surface Analysis as a statistical approach for the investigation of fit hypotheses] is now in press in A. Südkamp and A.-K. Praetorius (Eds), Diagnostische Kompetenz von Lehrkräften: Theoretische und methodische Weiterentwicklungen. Münster: Waxmann. pdf   supplemental materials

New paper by Stefanie N. Wurst, Tanja M. Gerlach, Michael Dufner, John F. Rauthmann, Michael P. Grosz, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Jaap J. A. Denissen, and Mitja D. Back is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Narcissism and romantic relationships: The differential impact of narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry." pdf supplemental

With 2 chaired symposia, 2 talks and 3 poster presentations our work group contributed to the 18th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Antonio, USA.

New paper by Violetta Khoreva, Vlad Vaiman, and Maarten H.W. Van Zalk is now published in the Employee Relations: "Talent management practice effectiveness: investigating employee perspective."

New Chapter by Mitja Back and Steffen Nestler on "Dual-process approaches to personality" is now published In R. Deutsch, B. Gawronski,& W. Hofmann (Eds), Reflective and impulsive determinants of human behavior (pp. 137-154). New York, NY: Routledge. pdf

New paper by Violetta Khoreva and Maarten H.W. Van Zalk is now published in the Career Development International: "Antecedents of work engagement among high potential employees."

New paper by Ralf Wölfer, Maarten H.W. van Zalk, Katharina Schmid and Miles Hewstone is now published in the Child Development: "Developmental Dynamics of Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Attitudes: Long-Term Effects in Adolescence and Early Adulthood." pdf

New paper by Sarah Humberg, Michael Dufner, Felix Schönbrodt, Katharina Geukes, Roos Hutteman, Maarten van Zalk, Jaap Denissen, Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Enhanced versus simply positive: A new condition-based regression analysis to disentangle effects of self-enhancement from effects of positivity of self-view". pdf osf preprint supplemental materials

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!
Foto: WWU - Peter Grewer

Marius Leckelt has been interviewed for an article in the "Hallo Münster" on Donald Trump, American culture, and narcissism.

Marius Leckelt has been interviewed for an article in the "Die Welt" on Donald Trump and narcissism.

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back is supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service for the renewal of a guest professorship "Applied Statistics and Network Analysis“ (Dr. Maarten van Zalk; 04/2017-03/2018).

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Felix D. Schönbrodt, Till Utesch, Sebastian Geukes and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie: "Wege aus der Vertrauenskrise – Individuelle Schritte hin zu verlässlicher und offener Forschung" [Ways out of the crisis of confidence – Individual steps towards reliable and open science] osf preprint   pdf

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Maarten H. W. van Zalk and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the International Journal of Behavioral Development: "Understanding Personality Development: An Integrative State Process Model" pdf

With 2 chaired symposia and 10 talks our working unit made a strong contribution to the 50th Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs) in Leipzig.

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.

New paper by Eunike Wetzel, Marius Leckelt, Tanja Gerlach, and Mitja D. Back is now published in the European Journal of Personality: "Distinguishing subgroups of narcissists with latent class analysis." pdf

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).

Mitja Back is appointed Editor of the European Journal of Personality.

New paper by Stefanie N. Wurst, Tanja M. Gerlach, Michael Dufner, John F. Rauthmann, Michael P. Grosz, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Jaap J. A. Denissen, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Narcissism and romantic relationships: The differential impact of narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry." pdf supplemental

New paper by Eunike Wetzel, Marius Leckelt, Tanja Gerlach, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the European Journal of Personality: "Distinguishing subgroups of narcissists with latent class analysis." pdf

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  OSF

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.

With a talk and a workshop on Open Science Katharina Geukes and Sarah Humberg made a strong contribution to the 48th ASP-Tagung "Spitzenleistungen und Sportpsychologie: Der Weg zu Olympia" in Münster, Germany (May 5 - 7, 2016)

Marius Leckelt received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for research stay with Dr Jason Rentfrow at the University of Cambridge.

Marius Leckelt received a scholarship from the European Association for Personality Psychology to attend the European Conference on Personality 18 in Timisoara, Romania.

With a 3 talks and a chaired symposia our work contributed to the 2nd World conference on personality in Buzios, Brasil.

2nd World Conference on personality in Brasil

Our research on romantic relationships is featured in the recent issue of Semesterspiegel. pdf

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Steffen Nestler, Roos Hutteman, Michael Dufner, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Boris Egloff, Jaap J. A. Denissen, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Puffed up but shaky selves: State self-esteem level and variability in narcissists." pdf

New entry on "Interpersonal Attraction" by Stefanie Wurst and Mitja Back in the Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development is now in press.

Steffen Nestler received the PsyEval's award for giving the best lecture of the past semester as well as a special award for receiving this prize three times in a row - congratulations!

New paper by Carolyn C. Morf, Eva Schürch, Albrecht Küfner, Philip Siegrist, Aline Vater, Mitja Back, Robert Mestel, and Michela Schröder-Abé is in press in the Assessment: "Expanding the Nomological Net of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory: German Validation and Extension in a Clinical Inpatient Sample." pdf

Mitja Back chaired three Data Blitz sessions at the 17th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, USA

Steffen Nestler has received and accepted an offer of a professorship for Psychological Methods from the University of Leipzig. Congratulations!

New paper by Steffen Nestler, Meinald Thielsch, Elena Vasilev, and Mitja back is now published in the International Journal of Internet Science: "Will they stay or will they go? Personality predictors of dropout in an online study." pdf

Meeting "Judgment Accuracy: Basics and Applications"

Judging others is a widespread phenomenon in plenty of different contexts in daily life. Doctors and therapists consider symptoms of patients and judge on critical diseases and disorders, managers judge the aptitude of applicants for a job, teachers judge student’s achievements deciding about graduation and each and every one of us judges others in everyday life regarding their behavior, appearance or traits. In this small scientific meeting international experts will present basics and latest insights on the science of judgment accuracy and discuss a wide range of practical implications.

When? 15. / 16. January 2016
Where? Psychological Department in Münster (Fliednerstraße 21)

For more information, please visit the following Website or view the pdf

Marius Leckelt has been interviewed for an article in the Welt am Sonntag on "The Dark Triad: Why ruthless people get ahead"

Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back have contributed to the latest Brunswik Society Newsletter: "Cross-Classified Structural Equation Models for the Analysis of Lens Model Data". pdf

Maarten van Zalks work together with Miles Hewstone on social networks and intergroup contact is covered in a recent feature on BBC Radio 4 and a recent article in "The Guardian"

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back is supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service for the implementation of a guest professorship "Applied Statistics and Network Analysis“ bewilligt (Dr. Maarten van Zalk; 04/2016-03/2017).

New paper by Marius Leckelt, Mitja D. Back, Joshua D. Foster, Roos Hutteman, Garrett Jaeger, Jessica McCain, Jean M. Twenge, and W. Keith Campbell is in press in the Journal of Research in Personality: "Entering adulthood in a recession tempers later narcissism – But only in men".

Maarten van Zalk was awarded the Newton International Fellowship by the British Academy. The Newton International Fellowship was established in 2008 to select the very best early career researchers across the following disciplines: Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. The fellowship covers a total of £48.000.

Chapter by Ina von der Beck, Aileen Oeberst, UIlrike Cress, Mitja Back, and Steffen Nestler is now published in T. Wozniak, U. Rohwedder & J., Nemitz (Hrsg.), Wikipedia und Geschichtswissenschaft : "Hätte die Geschichte auch anders verlaufen können? Der Rückschaufehler zu Ereignissen in Wikipedia." pdf

2 Papers by Steffen Nestler are now published in Structural Equation Modeling : "A specification error test that uses instrumental variables to detect latent quadratic and latent interaction effects. Structural Equation Modeling." and "Using Instrumental Variables to Estimate the Parameters in Unconditional and Conditional Second-Order Latent Growth Models" pdf1 & pdf2

Paper by Carolin Thielsch, Thomas Ehring, Steffen Nestler, Janina Wolters, Ina Kopei, Fred Rist, Alexander L. Gerlach, and Tanja Andor is now published in Journal of Anxiety Disorders : "Metacognitions, worry and sleep in everyday life: Studying bidirectional pathways using Ecological Momentary Assessment in GAD patients" pdf

Paper by Nicole Lawless DesJardins, Sanjay Srivastava, Albrecht Küfner, and Mitja Back is now published in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Who Attains Status? Similarities and Differences Across Social Contexts". pdf

Paper by Marius Leckelt, Albrecht Küfner, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Behavioral processes underlying the decline of narcissists’ popularity over time". pdf

Paper by Michael Grosz, Michael Dufner, Mitja Back, and Jaap Denissen is now published in the Journal of Research in Personality : "Who is open to a narcissistic romantic partner? The roles of sensation seeking, trait anxiety, and similarity." pdf

New paper by Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back is in press in Psychometrika: " Using cross-classified structural equations models to examine the accuracy of personality judgments ". pdf

New paper by Steffen Nestler is in press in Psychometrika: " Restricted maximum likelihood estimation for parameters of the social relations model ". pdf

New Chapter by Mitja Back and Steffen Nestler on "Dual Process Approaches to Personality" is now in press in Deutsch, R., Gawronski, B., & Hofmann, W. (Eds.) (in preparation). Reflective and impulsive determinants of human behavior. New York: Psychology Press.

Our research on narcissism is featured in the recent issue of Gehirn & Geist

Our research on narcissism and popularity is covered in a recent article in Scientific American

Our research on the "Reception and production of scientific information in Wikipedia" is featured in a press release of the University of Münster

With a keynote, 12 talks, and 3 chaired symposia our work group made a strong contribution to the 13th meeting of the section Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment of the German Psychological Society inMainz.

Simon Mota received the prize for the best masters thesis of the
section Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment of the German Psychological Society. Congratulations! (also see http://www.pearsonassessment.de/blog/)

Beste Masterthesis im Bereich Differentielle Psychologie

Our research on narcissism was mentioned in a recent article in the New York Times

Mitja Back was invited to remain on the Editorial Board of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

A new chapter featuring our research on personality development in the context of international mobility is now in press: Zimmermann, J., Hutteman, R., Nestler, S., Neyer, F. J., & Back, M. D.(2015). Und wenn Sie zurückkommen, sind Sie plötzlich erwachsen? Auslandserfahrungen als Kontext der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung. In Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. (Ed.), Forum Jugendarbeit International (pp. 203-213). Bonn: IJAB-Verlag.

New Chapter by Mitja Back and Steffen Nestler on "Accuracy of Judging personality" is now in press J. A. Hall, M., Schmid Mast, & T. V., West (Eds.). The social psychology of perceiving others accurately. Cambridge University Press.

Two new chapters featuring our research on biases in wikipedia are now in press: (1) Oeberst, A., Cress, U., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (in press). Individual versus collaborative information processing: The case of biases in Wikipedia. In U. Cress, H. Jeong, & J. Moskaliuk (Eds.), Mass collaboration and Education. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. and (2) von der Beck, I., Oeberst, A., Cress, U., Back, M. D., & Nestler, S. (im Druck). Hätte die Geschichte auch anders verlaufen können? Der Rückschaufehler zu Ereignissen in Wikipedia. In T. Wozniak, U. Rohwedder & J., Nemitz (Hrsg.), Wikipedia und Geschichtswissenschaft. Oldenbourg: DeGruyter.

Steffen Nestler received the PsyEval's award for giving the best lecture of the past semester - congratulations!

In the newest issue of wissen.leben Mitja Back comments on the boundaries of happiness. pdf

Mitja Back is appointed Editor of the new open access journal Collabra.

With 2 chaired symposia, 2 talks and a poster presentation our work group contributed to the 4th Biennial Meeting of the Association of Research in Personality in St. Louis, USA.

New paper by Marc Allroggen, Mitja Back, and Paul Plener is in press in the Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie: "Kinder an die Macht? – Machiavellismus im Kindes- und Jugendalter [Power to the children? – Machiavellianism in children and adolescents]". pdf

Joscha Stecker is supported by a grant (5000 €) of the University of Münster for the research project "Developing a cooperation between the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and the University of Münster and organize an interdisciplinary conference on accurate judgments".

New paper by Marius Leckelt, Albrecht Küfner, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back is in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Behavioral processes underlying the decline of narcissists’ popularity over time". pdf

New paper by Michael Grosz, Michael Dufner, Mitja Back, and Jaap Denissen in press in the Journal of Research in Personality : "Who is open to a narcissistic romantic partner? The roles of sensation seeking, trait anxiety, and similarity." pdf

Katharina Geukes received a scholarship for the University of Münster's 'Erstklassig!' mentoring programme for outstanding postdoctoral reseachers - congratulations!

New paper by Maarten van Zalk and Jaap Denissen is in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Idiosyncratic Versus Social Consensus Approaches to Personality: Self-View, Perceived, and Peer-View Similarity." pdf

Paper by Roos Hutteman, Steffen Nestler, Jenny Wagner, Boris Egloff and Mitja Back is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Wherever I may roam: Processes of self-esteem development from adolescence to emerging adulthood in the context of international student exchange". pdf

Stefanie Wurst gave an interview to Radio Q about our research on romantic relationships. mp3

New paper by Steffen Nestler, Kevin Grimm and Felix Schönbrodt is now published in the European Journal of Personality: " The social consequences and mechanisms of personality: How to analyze longitudinal data from individual, dyadic, round-robin, and network designs". pdf

New paper by Mitja Back and Simine Vazire is now published in the European Journal of Personality: "The Social Consequences of Personality: Six Suggestions for Future Research". pdf

A Special issue on "The social consequences of personality" edited by Mitja Back is now published in the European Journal of Personality pdf Editorial pdf complete issue

Mitja Back has been elected as a member of the 2016 Program Committee of the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and as a Program Committee Co-Chair of the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Our work on social interaction, self- and other perception and narcissism is featured in the recent issue of ZEIT Wissen. pdf

Our work on Narcissism and I-Talk is featured in a recent article in Die Glocke. pdf

Our work on Narcissism and I-Talk is featured in a recent article in DER SPIEGEL pdf.

New WWU press release features our research on narcissism and "I"-talk. Our latest publication on this issue can be found here ("Narcissism and the Use of Personal Pronouns Revisited"): pdf

Paper by Michael Dufner, Boris Egloff, Christoph Hausmann, Lisa-Maria Wendland, Franz Neyer, and Mitja Back is now published in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Narcissistic Tendencies among Actors: Craving for Admiration, but not at the Cost of Others". pdf

Our work on Narcissism and I-Talk is covered in a press release of the American Psychological Association: pdf

A peer-commentary by Katharina Geukes and Mitja D. Back on a Target Article on "Contextualized Personality, beyond Personality Traits" by William L. Dunlop is now in press: „Beyond Cross-Role Self-Concepts: Contextualized Personality in Action“ (European Journal of Personality). pdf

Our team is organizing this semesters colloquium of the Department of Psychology. Check out the schedule here.

Paper by Angela L. Carey, Melanie Brucks, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Nicholas S. Holtzman, Fenne große Deters, Mitja D. Back, M. Brent Donnellan, James W. Pennebaker, Matthias R. Mehl is now published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Narcissism and the Use of Personal Pronouns Revisited". pdf

Paper by Sarah Hirschmüller, Boris Egloff, and Stefan Schmukle, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back now published in the Journal of Personality: "Accurate Judgments of Neuroticism at Zero Acquaintance: A Question of Relevance". pdf

Paper by Albrecht Küfner, Michael Dufner and Mitja Back now published in Diagnostica: "Das Dreckige Dutzend und die Niederträchtigen Neun – Kurzskalen zur Erfassung von Narzissmus, Machiavellismus und Psychopathie. [The Dirty Dozen and the Naughty Nine - Short scales for the assessment of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.]" pdf (a brief documentation of the Dirty Dozen scales can be found here)

Book chapter on "Choking under pressure: A review of current debates, literature, and interventions." by Chris Mesagno, Katharina Geukes and Paul Larkin is now published in S.D. Mellalieu & S. Hanton (Eds.). Contemporary advances in sport psychology: A review (pp. 148-174). New York: Routledge. pdf

With 2 talks and 3 poster presentations our work group contributed to the 16th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Long Beach, USA, and the 1st International Convention of Psychological Science in Amsterdam, NL.

New paper by Nicole Lawless DesJardins, Sanjay Srivastava, Albrecht Küfner, and Mitja Back in press in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Who Attains Status? Similarities and Differences Across Social Contexts". pdf

New paper by Steffen Nestler, Kevin Grimm and Felix Schönbrodt is now in press in the European Journal of Personality: " The social consequences and mechanisms of personality: How to analyze longitudinal data from individual, dyadic, round-robin, and network designs". pdf

Steffen Nestler received the PsyEval's award for giving the best lecture of the past semester - congratulations!

NewcomerSoSe14

Our research on international exchange experiences and the development of self-esteem is featured in a recent article in Die Glocke. pdf

New WWU press release features our research on narcissism in actors. Our latest publications on this issue can be found here ("Narcissistic Tendencies among Actors: Craving for Admiration, but not at the Cost of Others". pdf

New research assistant position is available - see announcement.
pdf

Dr. Steffen Nestler and Prof. Dr. Mitja Back are supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project „Understanding and enhancing the accuracy of self- and meta-judgments of personality: An integrative lens model approach”.

Sarah Hirschmüller, Boris Egloff, Stefan Schmukle, Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back have contributed to the latest Brunswik Society Newsletter: "A Lens Model Approach to Accurate Personality Judgments: The Case of Neuroticism and Situational Relevance" (pp. 27-29). pdf

New paper by Steffen Nestler is now in press in Structural Equation Modeling: "A specification error test that uses instrumental variables to detect latent quadratic and latent interaction effects." pdf

Our research on online communication and friendship is featured in the latest issues of the ECHO newspapers (online version, print version pdf).

New paper by Michael Dufner, Boris Egloff, Christoph Hausmann, Lisa-Maria Wendland, Franz Neyer, and Mitja Back is now in press in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Narcissistic Tendencies among Actors: Craving for Admiration, but not at the Cost of Others". pdf

New paper by Angela L. Carey, Melanie Brucks, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Nicholas S. Holtzman, Fenne große Deters, Mitja D. Back, M. Brent Donnellan, James W. Pennebaker, Matthias R. Mehl is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Narcissism and the Use of Personal Pronouns Revisited". pdf

Our research on narcissism is covered in the latest issue of Personalquarterly.

With a chaired symposium and 12 talks our work group made a strong contribution to the 49th Congress of the German Psychological Society in Bochum from September 21 to September 25 2014.

Mitja Back has declined offers of a professorship for Personality Psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin and of a professorship for Psychological Assessment, Differential and Personality Psychology at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel and accepted the offer from the University of Münster.

Our research on international exchange experiences and the development of self-esteem is featured in a recent article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

New WWU press release features our research project on international exchange experiences and the development of self-esteem. Our latest publications on this issue can be found here (Wherever I may roam: Processes of self-esteem development from adolescence to emerging adulthood in the context of international student exchange).

On the 17th European Conference on Personality in Lausanne (Switzerland) Sarah Humberg received the first prize of the Poster award of the European Association of Personality Psychology. Congratulations! Poster

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With 2 chaired symposia, 7 talks and a poster presentation our work group makes a strong contribution to the 17th European Conference on Personality in Lausanne (Switzerland) from July 15 to July 19 2014.

Katharina Geukes received the PsyEval's Newcomer Award for being voted best new lecturer of the past semester - congratulations!
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New paper by Roos Hutteman, Steffen Nestler, Jenny Wagner, Boris Egloff and Mitja Back is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Wherever I may roam: Processes of self-esteem development from adolescence to emerging adulthood in the context of international student exchange". pdf

Paper by Sascha Krause, Mitja Back, Boris Egloff, and Stefan Schmukle now published in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Implicit interpersonal attraction in small groups: Automatically activated evaluations predict actual behavior toward social partners". pdf

Mitja Back has received an offer of a professorship for Personality Psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin and offer of a professorship for Psychological Assessment, Differential and Personality Psychology at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel.

With a talk on "Perfectionism, performance, and performance-variability under pressure" Katharina Geukes contributes to the 'Performing under Pressure - International and Interdisciplinary Symposium: 46th Annual ASP-Meeting (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie) and Art in Motion 2014' in Munich.

Our research on narcissism is covered in a radio feature for WDR5 - Leonardo (starting at 31:50).

This semester's "HiWi"-award was presented to Katharina Geukes - congratulations!

Paper by Steffen Nestler is now published in the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology: How the 2SLS/IV estimator can handle equality constraints in structural equation models: A system-of-equations approach. pdf

In the newest issue of wissen.leben Mitja Back comments on personality, online communication and dating-processes in the context of spotted.de

New paper by Aileen Oeberst, Ina von der Beck, and Steffen Nestler is now in press in Cognitive Processing: "Reading about explanations enhances perceptions of inevitability and foreseeability: a cross-cultural study with Wikipedia articles". pdf

New paper by Steffen Nestler is now in press in Structural Equation Modeling: "Using Instrumental Variables to Estimate the Parameters in Unconditional and Conditional Second-Order Latent Growth Models". pdf

New paper by Sarah Hirschmüller, Boris Egloff, and Stefan Schmukle, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back now in press in the Journal of Personality: "Accurate Judgments of Neuroticism at Zero Acquaintance: A Question of Relevance". pdf

With 3 talks, 3 poster presentations and a chaired symposium our work group made a strong contribution to the 15th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, USA.

Paper by Juliane Stopfer, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back is now published in the European Journal of Personality: Personality Expression and Impression Formation in Online Social Networks: An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Processes of Accuracy, Impression Management, and Meta-Accuracy. pdf (Supplemental Online Material can be found here).

New paper by Albrecht Küfner, Michael Dufner and Mitja Back now in press in Diagnostica: "Das Dreckige Dutzend und die Niederträchtigen Neun – Kurzskalen zur Erfassung von Narzissmus, Machiavellismus und Psychopathie. [The Dirty Dozen and the Naughty Nine - Short scales for the assessment of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.] pdf (a brief documentation of the Dirty Dozen scales can be found here)

Our research on friendship is featured in the latest issue of 20minuten.

Katharina Geukes started as a research assistant in our lab – welcome!

Juliane Stopfer, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back have contributed to the latest Brunswik Society Newsletter: "Using lens model analysis to understand impression formation in online social networks" (pp. 48-50). pdf

Our research on zero acquaintance judgments and the lens model is featured in the latest issue of the Observer (Association for Psychological science) link.

Paper by Mitja Back, Albrecht Küfner, Michael Dufner, Tanja Gerlach, John Rauthmann, and Jaap Denissen is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Narcissistic admiration and rivalry: Disentangling the bright and dark sides of narcissism. pdf (brief documentations of different versions of the NARQ can be found here.

Marius Leckelt started as a research assistant in our lab – welcome!

Our research on personality expressions and interpersonal perceptions in Online Social networks is featured in the latest issue of the InternetMagazin.

Albrecht Küfner spoke about our research on narcissism in a TV-documentary on einsfestival.

New paper by Sascha Krause, Mitja Back, Boris Egloff, and Stefan Schmukle now in press in Social Psychological and Personality Science: "Implicit interpersonal attraction in small groups: Automatically activated evaluations predict actual behavior toward social partners" pdf

Paper by Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back is now published in Current Directions of Psychological Science: “Applications and extensions of the lens model to understand interpersonal judgments at zero acquaintance”. pdf

With a keynote, 4 talks, and 2 chaired symposium our work group made a strong contribution to the 12th meeting of the section Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment of the German Psychological Society in Greifswald.

new WWU press release features our ongoing research projects on narcissism. Our latest publications on this issue can be found here (Narcissistic admiration and rivalry: Disentangling the bright and dark sides of narcissism) and here (The two pathways to being an (un-)popular narcissist). Our 2010 paper on first impressions of narcissists can be found here.

new WWU press release (English version, German version) features our ongoing research projects about personality expression and impression formation in Online Social Networks (OSNs) such as Facebook. Our latest publications on this issue can be found here (personality and popularity in OSNs) and here (accuracy, impression management, and meta-accuracy in OSNs). Our 2010 paper on accurate personality impressions in Facebook can be found here.

Juliane Stopfer started her new job as a PostDoc in the Lab of Lars Penke at the University of Göttingen.

New paper by Steffen Nestler now in press in the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology: “How the 2SLS/IV Estimator Can Handle Equality Constraints in Structural Equation Models: A System-of-Equations Approach”. pdf

Dr. Steffen Nestler and Prof. Dr. Mitja Back are supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project “Reception and production of scientific information in Wikipedia: The influence of hindsight bias and social categorization” within the Special Priority Program Science and the Public.

With 2 talks, 2 poster presentations and 2 chaired symposia our work group made a strong contribution to the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the Association of Research in Personality in Charlotte, USA.

Paper by Juliane Stopfer, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back is now published in the Journal of Research in Personality: “Being popular in online social networks: How agentic, communal, and creativity traits relate to judgments of status and liking”. pdf

Our research on friendship and facebook is featured in the lates issue of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung".pdf

New paper by Juliane Stopfer, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back now in press in the European Journal of Personality: Personality Expression and Impression Formation in Online Social Networks: An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Processes of Accuracy, Impression Management, and Meta-Accuracy.pdf (Supplemental Online Material can be found here).

Our PERSOC framework for understanding the dynamic interplay of personality and social relationships was featured as Editor's Choice in the June Issue of the APS Global Observer.

New paper by Mitja Back, Albrecht Küfner, Michael Dufner, Tanja Gerlach, John Rauthmann, and Jaap Denissen now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Narcissistic admiration and rivalry: Disentangling the bright and dark sides of narcissism.pdf (brief documentations of different versions of the NARQ can be found here)

New paper by Juliane Stopfer, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back now in press in the Journal of Research in Personality: “Being popular in online social networks: How agentic, communal, and creativity traits relate to judgments of status and liking”.pdf

New paper by Roos Hutteman, Wiebke Bleidorn, G. Keresteš, I. Brković, A. Butković, & J. J. A. Denissen now in press in the European Journal of Personality: "Reciprocal associations between parenting challenges and parents’ personality development in young and middle adulthood."pdf

Our research on friendship is featured in the latest issue of EMOTION.

Mitja Back was invited to join the Program Committee for the 2014 SPSP (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) conference in Austin, TX.

Our research on friendship is featured in the latest issue of ZEIT Wissen (p. 74).

Stefanie Wurst started as a research assistant in our lab – welcome!

Paper by Albrecht Küfner, Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back is now published in the Journal of Personality – “The Two Pathways to Being an (Un-)Popular Narcissist."pdf

Meinald Thielsch has been chosen as alternate member (1st successor) for the board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Online-Forschung (DGOF).

With a presentation and 2 posters our workgroup contributed to the General Online Research 2013 in Mannheim.

New paper by Uwe Kanning, Fred Rist, Stefan Schmukle, and Meinald Thielsch, is now published in Skeptiker – “Mythen der Alltagspsychologie - Was wissen Laien über (vermeintliche) Forschungsergebnisse?” (1/2013, p. 10-15)

With three presentations our workgroup contributed to the 1st World Conference on Personality (Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Mitja Back was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Personality.

Paper by Steffen Nestler is now published in the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology – “A Monte Carlo study comparing PIV, ULS, and DWLS in the estimation of dichotomous confirmatory factor analysis."pdf

Paper by Steffen Nestler and Boris Egloff is now published in Social Psychology – “The stigma of being overweight: When attributions to discrimination do and do not protect performance self-esteem."pdf

Our seminars on psychological examination were the best evaluated courses of the last semester.

Albrecht Küfner gave an invited talk ("Personality, interpersonal perceptions and social relationships") and a lecture on narcissism at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. The teaching programme was funded by ERASMUS Staff mobility.

Book chapter on “Online social networks in the work context” by Juliane Stopfer and Sam Gosling is now published in D. Derks & A. Bakker (Eds.), The Psychology of Digital Media at Work (pp. 39-59). Hove: Psychology Press.

Paper by Sarah Hirschmüller, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back, is now published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – “The dual lens model: A comprehensive framework for understanding self-other agreement of personalty judgments at zero acquaintance” pdf

Mitja Back was invited to remain on the Editorial Board of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

New paper by Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back now in press in Current Directions of Psychological Science: "Applications and extensions of the lens model to understand interpersonal judgments at zero acquaintance"pdf

Steffen Nestler and Mitja Back have contributed to the latest Brunswik Society Newsletter: "Applications and extensions of lens model analyses in personality psychology" (p. 32-34)pdf

Roos Hutteman has successfully passed her doctoral examination. Congratulations!

Mitja Back gave an invited talk at the Department of Psychology, Bergische Universität Wuppertal: "From partner preferences to romantic relationships: Unfolding the dating black box".

On October 17th, the habilitation process was opened for Meinald Thielsch to obtain the venia legendi for the field Psychology.

New paper by Uwe Kanning, Meinald Thielsch, Lisa Träumer, and Torsten Brandenburg now published in Report Psychologie: "Gaudeamus igitur? – Das Psychologiestudium aus der Sicht von Berufspraktikern."

Juliane Stopfer and Roos Hutteman started as research assistants in our lab - welcome!

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back is appointed Associate Editor of the European Journal of Personality (official starting period 1 January 2013).

With 7 talks, 2 poster presentations and 2 chaired symposia our work group made a strong contribution to the 48th Congress of the German Psychological Society in Bielefeld.

Dr. Juliane Stopfer and Dr. Albrecht Küfner have now officially received their doctoral degree and are appointed as postdoctoral researchers at our department. Congratulations!

New paper by Sarah Hirschmüller, Boris Egloff, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back, now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "The Dual Lens Model: A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding Self-Other Agreement of Personality Judgments at Zero Acquaintance" pdf

WWU press release and dpa press release features our ongoing research projects about the (un)-popularity of narcissists and the mutual development of personality and social relationships in general.

Juliane Stopfer and Albrecht Küfner have successfully passed their doctoral examination. Congratulations!

New paper by Roos Hutteman, Wiebke Bleidorn, Lars Penke, and Jaap Denissen, now in press in Journal of Personality: "It takes two: A longitudinal dyadic study on predictors of fertility outcomes" pdf

With 5 talks our workgroup made a strong contribution to the 16th European Conference on Personality in Trieste. Moreover, we chaired 3 symposia: Albrecht Küfner chaired a symposium together with Michaela Schröder-Abé, titled "The Social Life of a Narcissist: Intra- and interpersonal processes", and Mitja Back chaired a symposium together with Chris Nave titled "How personality can be a truly behavioral science" as well as an invited symposium on "Self-knowledge" together with Simine Vazire.

Paper by Felix Schönbrodt, Mitja Back, and Stefan Schmukle that describes a new R package for social relations analyses (TripleR) is now published in Behavior Research Methods - "TripleR: An R package for social relations analyses based on round robin designs" pdf

Our research on the accuracy of self- and other perceptions of personality is featured in the June issue of " ZEIT Wissen Magazin " (S. 60 ff)

New paper by Olga Bechler and Meinald Thielsch, now in press in Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung - "Schwierigkeiten bei der Vorbereitung auf schriftliche Prüfungen" pdf

Our research on friendship is featured in the June issue of "NEON"

New paper by Steffen Nestler, Boris Egloff, Albrecht Küfner, and Mitja Back, now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – “An integrative lens model approach to bias and accuracy in human inferences: Hindsight effects and knowledge updating in personality judgments” pdf

New paper by Morten Moshagen and Meinald Thielsch, now in press in Behaviour & Information Technology - "A short version of the visual aesthetics of websites inventory."pdf

Our research on personality and online social networks was covered in a recent article on cnn.com

New paper by Meinald Thielsch, Lisa Träumer, Leoni Pytlik, and Uwe Kanning, now published in the Journal of Business and Media Psychology - "Personalmarketing aus Bewerbersicht: Nutzung und Bewertung." pdf

New paper by Meinald Thielsch and Gerrit Hirschfeld, now in press in Ergonomics - "Spatial frequencies in aesthetic website evaluations – explaining how ultra-rapid evaluations are formed." pdf

new paper by Albrecht Küfner, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back now in press in the Journal of Personality – “The two pathways to being an (un-)popular narcissist” pdf

new paper by Meinald Thielsch, Lisa Träumer, and Leoni Pytlik, now published in Information Technology and Management - "E-Recruiting and fairness – the applicant’s point of view." pdf

new paper by Sascha Krause, Mitja Back, Boris Egloff und Stefan Schmukle now published in the European Journal of Psychological Assessment - „A new reliable and valid tool for measuring implicit self-esteem: The response-window affective priming task“ pdf

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back is appointed professor for psychological assessment and personality psychology as per April 1st, 2012

Best poster award for Meinald Thielsch and Rafael Jaron (Nordlight Research) at the General Online Research (GOR) 2012.

new paper by Meinald Thielsch and Isabel Perabo, now in press in Technical Communication - "Use and evaluation of presentation software. " pdf

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back has received the William-Stern-Preis for outstanding innovative work in the field of personality psychology of the German Psychological Association (DGPs), Branch for Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment

Prof. Dr. Mitja Back, Prof. Dr. Boris Egloff and Dr. Steffen Nestler are supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project „The longitudinal course of narcissists’ reputations: A developmental social interaction approach”