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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. We are also developing methods to capture and analyze personality and social relationship dynamics.
Latest projects, cover topics such as self-enhancement, the popularity, self-esteem and affective states of narcissists, the conceptualization, assessment, and development of social skills, the determinants and accuracy of interpersonal judgments, social interactions and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, personality and speed-dating, personality and the development of friendships and social status, behavioral, affective, and cognitive state variability, methodological developments for testing discrepancy hypotheses (e.g., response surface analysis), the development of extraversion and self-esteem in social context, as well as perceived societal marginalization, conspiracy mentality and threat towards refugees.

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.

PhD and PostDoc positions

Read this pdf for information about available PhD positions and this pdf for information about available PostDoc positions!
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Read the pdf for information about available student assistant jobs!

Stellen für Forschungspraktika

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Latest news

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A new paper by Tobias M. Härtel, Benedikt A. Schuler and Mitja D. Back is now in press in "Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology": “LinkedIn, LinkedIn on the screen, who is the greatest and smartest ever seen?”: A machine learning approach using valid LinkedIn cues to predict narcissism and intelligence. publications

A new paper by Mirjana Knorr, Ina Mielke, Dorothee Amelung, Mahla Safari, Oana R. Gröne, Simon M. Breil and Alexander MacIntosh is now in press in "GMS Journal for Medical Education": Measuring personal characteristics in applicants to German medical schools: Piloting an online Situational Judgement Test with an open-ended response format. publications

A new paper by Sarah Humberg, Simon Grund and Steffen Nestler is now in press in "Behavior Research Methods.": Estimating nonlinear effects of random slopes: A comparison of multilevel structural equation modeling with a 2-step, a single-indicator, and a plausible values approach. publications