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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Our research on support for refugee integration in West and East Germany is highlighted in a press release of the University of Münster.

New Paper by Simon M. Breil Boris Forthmann, Anike Hertel-Waszak, Helmut Ahrens, Britta Brouwer, Eva Schönefeld, Bernhard Marschall, and Mitja D. Back is now published in Medical Teacher: Construct Validity of Multiple Mini Interviews – Investigating the Role of Stations, Skills, and Raters using Bayesian G-theory
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New paper by Gerald Echterhoff, Jens Hellmann, Mitja D. Back, Joscha Kärtner, Nexhmedin Morina, and Guido Hertel is now in press in Perspectives on Psychological Science: Psychological antecedents of refugee integration (PARI)
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