Focus and interests

 

My research lies in personality and social psychology.

Broadly, I focus on the structures, processes, and dynamics of personality and individual differences in different domains (e.g., cognitive, affective-emotional, motivational, behavioral, social-interpersonal), especially from an evolutionary perspective. I am interested in themes such as stability vs. plasticity and development in those domains as well as process-focused transactions with the environment.

 

Specific interests:

►    Person-situation transactions, situations (conzeptualization, taxonomization, measurement)

►    Trait-inferences (interpersonal perception and personality judgment)

►    Dark traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy)

►    Attraction, mating

 

Current research projects

 

Scale validations

 

Validation of a Multidimensional Machiavellianism Inventory

with Mitja Back, Jaap Denissen

 

Validation of a Multidimensional Self-leadership Inventory

with Marco Furtner

 

Validation of the Narcissism Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NAR-Q)

with Mitja Back (PI), Jaap Denissen, Albrecht Küfner, Michael Dufner, Tanja Gerlach

 

Validation of a Multidimensional Systems Intelligence Questionnaire

with Raimo Hämäläinen, Esa Saarinen, and the Systems Intelligence Research Group (Finland)

 

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Motivation, goals, self-concepts, self-leadership

 

Innsbruck Motives and Self-leadership Diary Study

with Marco Furtner

 

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Personality perception and interpersonal processes

 

Eye movement analyses of personality perception

with Mitja Back, Sarah Hirschmüller, Marco Furtner, Pierre Sachse

 

Handwritings and personality

with Mitja Back

 

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Attraction and mating

 

Men’s courtship tactics

with Jaap Denissen

 

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Situation research

 

International Situation Project

by David Funder (PI) et al.