Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

The focus of our research lies on two main topics:


1. Psychological Research Methods and Theoretical Concepts

Fundamental to our research is a multivariate approach to the analysis of the human mind and behavior. A special emphasis is put on the analysis of longitudinal data. To this end we develop new methods and theoretical concepts by pursuing two complementary goals: First, to better integrate the analysis of psychological processes across different time scales. Exemplary for this are our publications on continuous time structural equation models:


  • Voelkle, M. C., & Oud, J. H. L. (2015). Relating Latent Change Score and Continuous Time Models. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 22(3), 366-381. doi:10.1080/10705511.2014.935918


  • Voelkle, M. C., Oud, J. H. L., Davidov, E., & Schmidt, P. (2012). An SEM approach to continuous time modeling of panel data: relating authoritarianism and anomia. Psychological Methods, 17(2), 176-192. doi: 10.1037/a0027543


Second, the integration of idiographic and differential research in psychology. Exemplary for this work are our publications on between- and within-person structural equivalence and idiographic (N = 1) structural equation  models:


  • Voelkle, M. C., Brose, A., Schmiedek, F., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Towards a unified framework for the study of between-person and within-person structures: Building a bridge between two research paradigms. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 49, 193-213. doi: 10.1080/00273171.2014.889593


  • Voelkle, M. C., Oud, J. H. L., von Oertzen, T., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Maximum likelihood dynamic factor modeling for arbitrary N and T using SEM. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 19, 329-350. doi: 10.1080/10705511.2012.687656



2. Developmental dynamics in affective and cognitive functioning

Our formal-methodological research constitutes the basis of—and is inspired by—our substantive research on cognitive abilities and skill-acquisition, along with research on non-cognitive factors, like emotion regulation or affective processing. This research is carried out in close collaboration with other research groups. Exemplary publications are


  • Voelkle, M. C., Ebner, N. C., Lindenberger, U., & Riediger, M. (2013). Here we go again: Anticipatory and reactive mood responses to recurring unpleasant situations throughout adulthood. Emotion, 13(3), 424-433. doi: 10.1037/a0031351


or for the next generation of young researchers:


  • Voelkle, M. C., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Cognitive development. Front. Young Minds, 2:1. doi: 10.3389/frym.2014.00001




For further publications, please see publications.