Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Headed by Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund
In our lab, we define «Applied Psychology» primarily as being concerned with thought, emotion, and behavior of people in their everyday life and context. In other words, we are interested in understanding how we experience, perceive, think, and behave in natural settings and in everyday life. Applied Psychology thus defined is highly context- and domain-specific, is concerned with personally significant content (e.g., personal goals) at a certain point in a person's life (e.g., young vs. middle adulthood). A person is seen as interacting with an age-graded social and societal context that provides both opportunities and constraints. The goal of Applied Psychology is to describe and explain processes of the person-environment-interaction by elaborating theories and testing their area of application.
LIFE – The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics
is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Zurich. [More]