Our research mainly deals with two subjects: self-regulation and reminiscence. Both subjects are examined from the perspective of lifespan and from a basic and applied point of view. Some of our projects are situated at the intersection between developmental psychology and clinical psychology, for example the role of self-regulation for cognitive and affective health, or interventions to use reminiscence in order to enhance well-being.
The following compilation gives you an overview of current, previous and future projects.
Self-regulation over the lifespan• Experimental measurement of delay of gratification and its cognitive and affective correlates and consequences
• Intergenerational relationship between delay of gratification of mother and child
• Relationship between delay of gratification and future episodic thinking over the lifespan
• Motivational reserve as a protective factor in development of cognitive disorder, depression and apathy (MoReA)
• Motivational reserve and healthy aging in the AgeCoDe study
Reminiscence interventions over the lifespan• Life review therapy for holocaust survivors (LRT-HS)
• Life review as a module of a psychosocial intervention for patients with mild Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers (CBTAC)
• Life review therapy as a computer-supplement in treatment of depression in old age
• Structured life story work with disadvantaged children and adolescents
• Experimental studies on reminiscence and emotion regulation over the lifespan
Self-regulation/volition training over the lifespan • Self-regulation training as disorder-unspecific intervention in the psychosomatic rehabilitation of adults
• Combined self-regulation and stress-management training for adolescents
• Self-regulation training at school and extra-curricular learning (e.g. music lessons)