Current Research Projects

Here you find information on current research projects in the field of personality and assessment.

 

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Musical Abilities

The current focus of our research in this domain is on associations between musical skills and non-musical skills, such as language proficiency, memory, and empathy. These associations are of increasing interest to psychologists and neuroscientists alike.

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Music & Emotion

Research on emotions evoked by music has advanced at an exciting pace in recent years. One challenge in this area of study is that musical emotions are elusive, defying characterization by means of traditional emotion categories, such as sadness, anger, joy.

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Personality Development

In cooperation with Peter Venables from the University of York, data of the Mauritus Child Health Project  is used to examine the influence of early childhood factors on personality development. 

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Psychology of Mating

A common view about mate preferences is that they are evolutionarily “hardwired” and thus largely impervious to sociocultural influences. Our research suggests that mating preferences of women and men respond with unsuspected speed to societal changes, notably progress toward gender equality. 

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