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.

Latest news

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New paper by Till Utesch, Dennis Dreiskämper, Roland Naul, and Katharina Geukes is now published in Scientific Reports: “Understanding physical (in-) activity, overweight, and obesity in childhood: Effects of congruence between physical self-concept and motor competence”. pdf
Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-24139-y

Our work on first impression of and towards refugees is featured in the latest issue of wissen.leben.

New paper by Humberg, S., Dufner, M., Schönbrodt, F. D., Geukes, K., Hutteman, R., Küfner, A. C. P., van Zalk, M. H. W., Denissen, J. J. A., Nestler, S., and Back, M. D. is now in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: "Is accurate, positive, or inflated self-perception most advantageous for psychological adjustment? A competitive test of key hypotheses.”  pdf  osf preprint   supplemental materials