Spring Academy 2017

Date: May 21-24, 2017
Location: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan
Organizers: Toni C. Antonucci, Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Jacqui Smith

For invited participants only.


Gene-environment interplay and lifespan psychological development
Elliot Tucker-Drob, University of Texas at Austin


  • Unspecific blobology or neurophysiology? What can magnetic resonance imaging tell us about brain plasticity?
    Arno Villringer, MPI for Human Development
  • Psychosocial mechanisms of inequalities in dementia
    Laura Zahodne, University of Michigan
  • Learning to Move on Earth and in Space
    Rachel Seidler, University of Michigan
  • Ecological Learning - Adaptive selection of learning strategies across the lifespan.
    Azzurra Ruggeri, MPI for Human Development
  • Understanding the Bilingual Brain through Child Language and Literacy Development
    Ioulia Kovelman, University of Michigan


  • An eye movement analysis of grocery shopping: Is there a link to the Big Five personality traits?
    Damaris Aschwanden, University of Zurich (Advisors: Mathias Allemand & Mike Martin)
  • Scope of credibility: selective learning across domains
    Julia Brehm, University of Zurich (Advisor: Moritz M. Daum)
  • Indicators of recovery: Results from the fitness and relaxation study
    Brian Cardini, University of Zurich (Advisor: Alexandra M. Freund)
  • Rhythmic neural activity and neuromodulation shape selective attention in healthy aging
    Martin Dahl, MPI for Human Development (Advisor: Markus Werkle-Bergner)
  • Self-perceptions of aging and activity engagement:  Linking positive and negative appraisals to behavior
    Hannah L. Giasson, University of Michigan (Advisor: Jacqui Smith)
  • Treating chronic tinnitus with tomographic neurofeedback
    Dominik Güntensperger, University of Zurich (Advisor: Martin Meyer)
  • On the use and usefulness of individual scores in dynamic factor models
    Katinka Hardt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin  (Advisor: Manuel C. Voelkle)
  • Social support among older Latina/os in the United States
    Elise Hernandez, University of Michigan (Advisors: Jacqui Smith & Toni Antonucci)
  • Application of an oscillation theory of handwriting to human developmental data
    Stefan Hess, MPI for Human Development (Advisor: Sascha Schroeder)
  • How childhood adversities can lead to beneficial consequences for healthy aging: A qualitative study on former ‘Verdingkinder’
    Jan Hoeltge, University of Zurich (Advisor: Andreas Maercker)
  • Investigating contributions of media use to black American students’ gender beliefs
    Morgan Jerald, University of Michigan (Advisors: Elizabeth Cole & Monique Ward)
  • Linear or not? Domain specific functional relationship between academic achievement and academic self-concepts across 14 countries and two age groups
    Lena Keller, Freie Universität Berlin (Advisor: Martin Brunner)
  • African American patients' attention to health information is influenced by in-group peers in health clinics
    Neil Lewis Jr., University of Michigan (Advisors: Denise Sekaquaptewa and Allison Earl)
  • The course of Adjustment Disorder symptoms following involuntary job loss
    Louisa Lorenz, University of Zurich (Advisor: Andreas Maercker)
  • Getting an education: The long-term influence of childhood social relations
    Jasmine Manalel, University of Michigan (Advisors: Toni Antonucci & Jacqui Smith)
  • Where do you focus on? Finding methods to assess goal focus from early childhood to old age
    Lea Mörsdorf, University of Zurich (Advisors: Moritz M. Daum & Alexandra M. Freund)
  • Regional changes of white matter microstructure in healthy aging: A longitudinal investigation
    Jessica Oschwald, University of Zurich (Advisor: Mike Martin)
  • No second chance to make a first impression? The “Thin-Slice” effect on instructor ratings and learning outcomes in higher education
    Inah Park, University of Michigan (Advisors: Kevin Miller & Kai Cortina)
  • Variability in brain signal complexity in infancy is associated with epigenetic variability of the oxytocinergic system
    Meghan Puglia, University of Virginia (Advisor: James P. Morris)
  • Shifting priorities: The impact of life domains on life satisfaction across the life course
    Julia Rohrer, DIW Berlin (Advisors: Jürgen Schupp & Gert G. Wagner)
  • Exploring the influence of maternal depression on the neural basis of emotion processing, regulation, and the functional organization of the infant brain
    Paige Safyer, University of Michigan (Advisor: Patricia Reuter-Lorenz)
  • The entropic brain: Towards a unifying endophenotype between genes and behavior
    Tyler Santander, University of Virginia (Advisor:Chad Dodson)
  • What qualities make neural representations beneficial for memory and how do they change with age?
    Verena R. Sommer, MPI for Human Development (Advisor: Myriam Sander)
  • Examining implicit and explicit attitudes about mental health treatment across the adult lifespan
    Alexandra J. Werntz, University of Virginia (Advisor: Bethany A. Teachman)
  • Relational permanence: What is it? What are its predictors? Is it correlated with positive outcomes among African American adolescents in foster care?
    Abigail Williams, University of Michigan (Advisor: Pamela Davis-Kean)


  • Socio-cognitive factors of behaviour change and adjustment disorder: An intensive-longitudinal study with coronary heart disease patients
    Tania Bermudez, University of Zurich (Advisors: Urte Scholz & Andreas Maercker)
  • Back home = back to normal? Examining cardiac rehabilitation patients’ daily attempts to change their health behaviors after discharge
    Walter Bierbauer, University of Zurich (Advisor: Urte Scholz)
  • Learning to make economic decisions under perceptual uncertainty
    Rasmus Bruckner, Freie Universität Berlin (Advisor: Hauke R. Heekeren)
  • The effects of cognitive training on decision making processes.
    Tiago Cabaço, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Advisor: Manuel Völkle)
  • Heroes, villains, and everything in between: Children’s assessment of morally ambiguous characters
    Sierra Eisen, University of Virginia (Advisor: Angeline Lillard)
  • The influence of individual differences in math anxiety on learning novel mathematics content
    Amira F. A. Ibrahim, University of Michigan (Advisor: Priti Shah)
  • Depression interacts with cholinergic genetic variant to affect cognition in older adults
    Tiffany K. Jantz, University of Michigan (Advisor: Cindy Lustig)
  • Conflict and support in adolescent romantic relationships as predictors of emerging adult mental health and well-being.
    Jessica Kansky, University of Virgina (Advisor: Joe Allen)
  • MOASIS: An ambulatory assessment study to measure the dynamics of healthy older adults’ everyday life activities.
    Marko Katana, University of Zurich (Advisor: Mike Martin & Lutz Jäncke)
  • Speech comprehension in older adulthood: neural contributions to speech processing
    Matthias Keller, University of Zurich (Advisor: Martin Meyer)
  • Age differences in training of cognitive flexibility in childhood and adolescence
    Neda Khosravani, MPI for Human Development (Advisors: Ulman Lindenberger & Yana Fandakova)
  • About the specificity of cognitive influence on speech processing in the context of age-related hearing loss
    Ira Kurthen, University of Zurich (Advisor: Martin Meyer)
  • Exploring dedifferentiation across the lifespan
    Claire La Fleur, University of Virginia (Advisor: Chad Dodson & Timothy Salthouse)
  • Differential effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on position sense in healthy young and elderly subjects
    Toni Muffel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Advisor: Arno Villringer)
  • Attentional patterns involved in infants’ visual exploration of pointy-shaped objects.
    Aleksandra Włodarczyk, MPI for Human Development (Advisor: Annie E. Wertz)
Go to Editor View