Fall Academy 2014

Date: October 9–13, 2014
Location: MPI for Human Development, Berlin

For invited participants only


  • Monitoring out of the corner of the eye: Expert teachers' eye movements and its relation to instructional quality
    Kai S. Cortina, University of Michigan (UM)
  • The interrelation between action perception and action production across the life span
    Moritz Daum, University of Zurich (UZh)
  • Increasing the power of developmental science to answer important questions
    Pamela E. Davis-Kean, UM
  • Misinterpreting eyewitness expressions of confidence
    Chad Dodson, University of Virginia (UVa)
  • Rethinking Autism
    Vikram K. Jaswal, UVa
  • Implicit theories of willpower: Effects on self-regulation and well-being
    Veronika Job, University of Zurich (UZh)
  • Cognitive development in adulthood: Growth under constraint
    Ulman Lindenberger, MPI for Human Development
  • Cognitive processes in decision making under risk
    Thorsten Pachur, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB)
  • How mirrors make minds
    Wolfgang Prinz, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


  • Investigating neuroplastic responses to stressful life events.
    Oisin Butler, MPIB (Advisor: Simone Kühn)
  • Changes in attachment orientation over a 59-year period: Determinants of change and the enduring effects of early experiences
    William J. Chopik, UM (Advisor: Robin Edelstein)
  • Dynamic modelling with the R package ctsem
    Charles Driver, MPIB (Advisor: Ulman Lindenberger)
  • Positivity bias and its affective, cognitive, and neural correlates
    Miray Erbey, HU (Advisor: Arno Villringer)
  • Memory-based decision making across the lifespan
    Anika Josef, MPIB (Advisor: Ralph Hertwig)
  • Goal focus as a predictor of activity choice and short-term mood when procrastinating
    Oliver J. Kaftan, UZh (Advisor: Alexandra M. Freund)
  • The effects of educational placement on motivational outcomes of students with special educational needs
    Aleksander Kocaj, IQB (Advisors: Petra Stanat & Hans Anand Pant)
  • Does pregnancy change the brain and cognition? First results from the MotherBrain Study
    Nina Lisofsky, MPIB (Advisor: Simone Kühn)
  • Seeing in black and white: U.S. children's and adults' categorizations of multiracial targets
    Steven O. Roberts, UM (Advisor: Susan Gelman)
  • Age-related differences in boredom while waiting
    Josua Schmeitzky, UZh (Advisor: Alexandra M. Freund)


  • Uncovering hidden equivalence between the intra- and the inter-individual level of analysis
    Janne Adolf, MPIB (Advisor: Ulman Lindenberger)
  • War traumatization and the family: A long-term perspective
    Rahel Bachem, UZh (Advisor: Andreas Maercker)
  • Planning and preparatory actions facilitate physical activity
    Milena Barz, FU (Advisor: Ralf Schwarzer, Nina Knoll)
  • Influence of dialect use on speech perception in children and adults: Evidence from a mismatch negativity (MMN) study
    Jessica Bühler, UZh (Advisor: Urs Maurer)
  • Games in context
    Philipp Gerlach, MPIB (Advisor: Ralph Hertwig)
  • Dynamic functional lateralization during processing of short and long scale intervals in speech signals: Developing a paradigm for investigating speech processing in older adults
    Nathalie Giroud, UZh (Advisor: Martin Meyer)
  • Pessimism, inflammation, oxidative stress and telomere length:When the glass begins to crack because it is half empty
    Andreas Küffer, UZh (Advisor: Andreas Maercker)
  • Paying (for) attention: Effects of distraction, time-on-task, and monetary incentive in younger and older adults
    Ziyong Lin, UM (Advisor: Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz)
  • Effect of mood states on information processing and reaction time in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Alexander Schiller, UVa (Advisor: Gerald Clore)
  • Early childhood education and care quality in Germany: Definition, variation, and regional predictors
    Juliane Stahl, DIW (Advisors: C. Katharina Spieß, HU & Gert G. Wagner, DIW)
  • Epigenetics of experience-dependent brain individualization
    Sara Zocher, CRTD (Advisor: Gerd Kempermann)
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