Department of Psychology – Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (officially: Applied Psychology)


Dr. phil. Miriam K. Depping

Doctoral student


M. K. Depping

Dr. phil. Miriam K. Depping
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Applied Psychology: Life-Management
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
CH-8050 Zurich / Switzerland
Office hours:
++41 44 635 72 06
++41 44 635 72 09
BIN 3.A.13
on appointment

Central Research Interests

  • changes in decision making across the lifespan
  • goal-orientation: approach- and avoidance goals and their change across the life span
  • the roles of motivation and affect in decision making and their change across the life span
  • motivated cognition

Brief Research Statement

I am interested in decision making across the life span. In my research, I study how the motivational shift from gain-oriented goals to goals directed at the prevention of loss impacts decision making.

Selected Key Publications

Depping, M. K., Freund, A. M. (2011). Normal Aging and Decision Making: The Role of Motivation. Human Development, 54, 349-367.

Education and Honors

Since 2009 Doctoral student, Department of Psychology, Applied Psychology: Life-Management
Stipend, International Max Planck Research School «The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics»
2009 Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to M.A.), Humboldt Univerität zu Berlin
09/2007 - 06/2008 Visiting student, University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, Canada
09/2006 - 02/2007 ERASMUS exchange program, University X Paris, Nanterre, Master I Cognitive Psychology, France
2004 -2009 Scholarship "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (German National Academic Foundation)
Scholarship "Evangelisches Studienwerk, Villigst e.V." (German protestant church's scholarship programme for gifted students)
2003 - 2009 Undergraduate and graduate studies, Psychology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany