Heisenberg Research Group "Socioemotional Development and Health Across the Lifespan"

In the context of the Heisenberg Research Group “Socioemotional Development and Health Across the Lifespan,” PD Dr. Michaela Riediger (head of the group), Dr. Antje Rauers and Dr. Sandra Düzel investigate how and why individuals from different age groups differ in social and emotional experiences and competencies, and how these processes are related to health behaviors and outcomes. The research group is part of a cooperation of the Freie Universität and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and is partly funded by the Focus Area DynAge and a Heisenberg stipend awarded to Michaela Riediger by the German Research Foundation [Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG], RI 1797/3-1. At the Freie Universität, the group is associated with the Division of Health Psychology. The purpose of the Heisenberg Research Group is to contribute to a more differentiated understanding of the interplay of socio-emotional and health development within the age range from childhood to very old age. To meet this aim, the group conducts interdisciplinary research projects with national and international cooperation partners. The group has taken up its work in September 2015.

Our research projects investigate associations between emotional experiences and competencies with health, spanning an age range from childhood to very old age.

Unique features of our methodological approach are the combination of a mobile phone-based experience-sampling technology with psycho-physiological monitoring and well-controlled experimental paradigms, and the consideration that affective functioning and health are embedded in, influenced by, the individual's social context.