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.

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Latest news

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New Chapter by Jaap Denissen, John Rauthmann, and Mitja Back on the "European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP)" is now in press in the Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. pdf

New paper by Katharina Geukes, Simon Mats Breil, Roos Hutteman, Steffen Nestler, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, and Mitja D. Back is now in press in PlosOne: "Explaining the longitudinal interplay of personality and social relationships in the laboratory and in the field: The PILS and the CONNECT study”. pdf

New paper by Judith Hall, Katja Schlegel, Vanessa Castro, and Mitja Back "What laypeople think the Big Five trait labels mean" is now published in the Journal of Research in Personality.  pdf