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Dissertation award for Dr. Alexandra Zapko-Willmes


The dissertation by Dr. Alexandra Zapko-Willmes was awarded a prize for one of the best theses by the Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld. Congratulations! Further information (in German) can be found here.

Project "Germany talks"


Prof. Dr. Christian Kandler analyzed a face-to-face political debate of two complete strangers as part of the project "Germany talks". Please click here to read the full article published on the Weser-Kurier website.


New member on the board of directors of ISSID

Prof. Dr. Christian Kandler was voted onto the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. Congratulations!

New team member

We are happy to welcome our newest team member, Kim Gloystein. Ms. Gloystein supports our team as student assistant.

Welcome to our team!


Our team is constantly growing. We are happy to welcome several new team members. As an IT Support Technician, Sven Ebensen is responsible for maintaining our computers and software. Corinna Eickes and Fynn Plugge support our research group as student assistents.

New publication on nature and nurture of personality differences!

Read about the first results of our three generations spanning twin family study of the SPeADy project to the question: To what extent are fundamental personality traits genetically transmitted or due to different life experiences? To a surprise, genes are more important than the influence of our environment. The work appeared in the oldest European journal of psychology, which has been published since 2007 in English.

Welcome to Sandra Bojahr and Jana Willemsen!


We welcome Sandra Bojahr and Jana Willemsen to our research group! Sandra Bojahr replaces Nicole Marescaux-Schmitz and as a secretary is responsible for our lab's administrative and organizational tasks. Please note the new office opening hours. Jana Willemsen joins our team as student assistant. We look forward to them joining our team and to a successfull collaboration.

Photo of Jantje Asmus and Yannik Wiechers

Welcome to Jantje Asmus and Yannik Wiechers!


We welcome Jantje Asmus and Yannik Wiechers to our team. Ms. Asmus and Mr. Wiechers will be responsible for the coordination of our research project SPeADy. You can find more information about our new colleagues on our team website.

Interview with Professor Kandler about his work

Read the interview with Professor Kandler about his recently published paper UNRAVELLING THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN GENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE UNFOLDING OF PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES FROM EARLY ADOLESCENCE TO YOUNG ADULTHOOD in the European Journal of Personality and his career as researcher.

Announcement of our colloquium

Every Thursday at 1:30 pm, we meet at our research office to discuss current research projects and theses. All interested parties are welcome to join us. We ask for a prior notice to our secretary.