Summer Seminar 2023

Fellows’ Project Presentations

LIFE fellows will discuss their project with their co-fellows in more depth than is usually possible at the academies. They will discuss burning questions of their projects with LIFE alumni co-chairing the sessions.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 hrs at the MPI in room 125.


April 20, 2023

Warsha Barde, DZNE (advisor: Gerd Kempermann)

“Role of learning in the emergence of individuality”

Co-Chairs: Janne Adolf, Rasmus Bruckner, Sara Zocher


April 27, 2023

Luianta Verra, MPIB (advisor: Nico Schuck)

“Characterising perceptual and value-based mechanisms in aversive generalisation”

Chair: Rasmus Bruckner


May 11, 2023

Urmimala Ghose, HU/DIW (advisors: Denis Gerstorf/David Richter)

“How spousal bereavement shapes life satisfaction: Stability and Change across historical time”

Co-Chairs: Oliver Huxhold, Johanna Drewelies (online)


June 2, 2023 (Friday), 12:00 hrs

Sarah Grünthal, Universität Potsdam (advisor: Martin Brunner)

“How Students' Socioeconomic Background Is Associated With Academic Motivation”

Co-Chairs: Camilla Rjosk, Aleksander Kocaj


June 9, 2023 (Friday), 11:00 hrs

Svenja Hascher, IQB (advisor: Petra Stanat)

“Learning in heterogenous classrooms. What role does instructional quality play?”

Co-Chairs: Ralf Wölfer, Michael Becker


June 15, 2023, 16:00 hrs (Campus Dillenburger)

Muna Aikins, MPIB (advisor: Laurel Raffington)

„Associations of racialized inequities with biological aging and child and adolescent mental health“

Co-Chairs: Ralf Wölfer, Mario Lawes, Alvin Thomas (online)


June 23, 2023, 10:00 hrs

Marlene Hecht, MPIB

“Social Sampling from (Online) Social Networks”

Co-Chairs: Bettina von Helversen


June 29, 2023

Hannes Diemerling, MPIB (advisor: Timo von Oertzen)

„Automatic Evaluation of emotion-related facial expressions and voice in psychotherapy sessions”

Co-Chair: Tim Brick


July 6, 2023

Dilara Zorbek, MPIB (advisor: Bernhard Spitzer)

Task-dependent representations on the abstraction gradient of visual working memory

Co-Chairs: Yee Lee Shing (online), Nico Schuck




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