Ulman Lindenberger

Director Center for Lifespan Psychology

Co-Director of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research


Helena Maravilla
Sandra Schmidt
Tel.: +49 30 82406-572/573

Memberships and Service (Selection)

  • Vice President, Human Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society
  • Co-Director, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
  • Speaker, International Max Planck Research School for Computational Methods in Psychiatry and Ageing Research (COMP2PSYCH)
  • Speaker, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)
  • Fellow, Max Planck School of Cognition 
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Member, Wilhelm-Wundt-Gesellschaft
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation
  • Scientific Managing Director, Minerva Foundation
  • Senator, Max Planck Society

Short CV:

Dr. phil. in Psychology, 1990, Freie Universität Berlin
Habilitation in Psychology, 1998, Freie Universität Berlin
Professor of Psychology, Universität des Saarlandes
Professor of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Professor of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Project Participation:

Research Interests:

  •     Behavioral and neural plasticity across the lifespan
  •     Brain-behavior relations across the lifespan
  •     Lifespan developmental theory
  •     Multivariate developmental methodology
  •     Formal models of behavioral change

Selected Literature:

Tucker-Drob, E. M., Brandmaier, A. M., & Lindenberger, U. (2019). Coupled cognitive changes in adulthood: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 145(3), 273-301. doi:10.1037/bul0000179

Lindenberger, U. (2018). Plasticity beyond early development: Hypotheses and questions. In A. A. Benasich & U. Ribary (Eds.), Emergent brain dynamics: Prebirth to adolescence (pp. 207–223). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Wenger, E., Brozzoli, C., Lindenberger, U., & Lövdén, M. (2017). Expansion and renormalization of human brain structure during skill acquisition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21(12), 930–939. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2017.09.008

Lindenberger, U., Wenger, E., & Lövdén, M. (2017). Towards a stronger science of human plasticity. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 18, 261-262. doi:10.1038/nrn.2017.44

Kühn, S., & Lindenberger, U. (2016). Research on human plasticity in adulthood: A lifespan agenda. In K. W. Schaie & S. L. Willis (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (8th ed., pp. 105-123). Amsterdam: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-411469-2.00006-6

Shing, Y. L., Brehmer, Y., Heekeren, H., Bäckman, L., & Lindenberger, U. (2016). Neural activation patterns of successful episodic encoding: Reorganization during childhood, maintenance in old age. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 59-69. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2016.06.003

Brandmaier, A. M., von Oertzen, T., Ghisletta, P., Hertzog, C., & Lindenberger, U. (2015). LIFESPAN: A tool for the computer-aided design of longitudinal studies. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:272. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00272

Garrett, D. D., Nagel, I. E., Preuschhof, C., Burzynska, A. Z., Marchner, J., Wiegert, S., Jungehülsing, G. J., Nyberg, L., Villringer, A., Li, S.-C., Heekeren, H. R., Bäckman, L., & Lindenberger, U. (2015). Amphetamine modulates brain signal variability and working memory in younger and older adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 7593-7598. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1504090112

Gerstorf, D., Hülür, G., Drewelies, J., Eibich, P., Duezel, S., Demuth, I., Ghisletta, P., Steinhagen-Thiessen, E., Wagner, G. G., & Lindenberger, U. (2015). Secular changes in late-life cognition and well-being: Towards a long bright future with a short brisk ending? Psychology and Aging, 30, 301-310. doi: 10.1037/pag0000016

Lindenberger, U. (2014). Human cognitive aging: Corriger la fortune? Science, 346(6209), 572-578. doi: 10.1126/science.1254403

Lindenberger, U., & Mayr, U. (2014). Cognitive aging: Is there a dark side to environmental support? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(1), 7-15. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.10.006

Voelkle, M. C., Brose, A., Schmiedek, F., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Toward a unified framework for the study of between-person and within-person structures: Building a bridge between two research paradigms. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 49, 193-213. doi: 10.1080/00273171.2014.889593

Freund, J., Brandmaier, A. M., Lewejohann, L., Kirste, I., Kritzler, M., Krüger, A., Sachser, N., Lindenberger, U., & Kempermann, G. (2013). Emergence of individuality in genetically identical mice. Science, 340(6133), 756-759. doi: 10.1126/science.1235294

Lövdén, M., Schaefer, S., Noack, H., Bodammer, N. C., Kühn, S., Heinze, H.-J., Düzel, E., Bäckman, L., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Spatial navigation training protects the hippocampus against age-related changes during early and late adulthood. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(3), 620.e629-620.e622. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.02.013

Lindenberger, U., von Oertzen, T., Ghisletta, P., & Hertzog, C. (2011). Cross-sectional age variance extraction: What's change got to do with it? Psychology and Aging, 26, 34-47. doi: 10.1037/a0020525

Lövdén, M., Bäckman, L., Lindenberger, U., Schaefer, S., & Schmiedek, F. (2010). A theoretical framework for the study of adult cognitive plasticity. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 659-676. doi: 10.1037/a0020080

Schmiedek, F., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2010). Hundred days of cognitive training enhance broad cognitive abilities in adulthood: Findings from the COGITO study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2, 27. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2010.00027

Lindenberger, U., & Ghisletta, P. (2009). Cognitive and sensory declines in old age: Gauging the evidence for a common cause. Psychology and Aging, 24(1), 1-6. doi: 10.1037/a0014986

Müller, V., Gruber, W., Klimesch, W., & Lindenberger, U. (2009). Lifespan differences in cortical dynamics of auditory perception. Developmental Science, 12, 839-853. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00834.x

Lindenberger, U., Lövdén, M., Schellenbach, M., Li, S.-C., & Krüger, A. (2008). Psychological principles of successful aging technologies: A mini-review. Gerontology, 54(1), 59-68. doi: 10.1159/000116114

Baltes, P. B., Lindenberger, U., & Staudinger, U. M. (2006). Life span theory in developmental psychology. In W. Damon & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol 1. Theoretical models of human development (6th ed., pp. 569-664). New York: Wiley.

Hertzog, C., Lindenberger, U., Ghisletta, P., & von Oertzen, T. (2006). On the power of multivariate latent growth curve models to detect correlated change. Psychological Methods, 11(3), 244-252.

Raz, N., Lindenberger, U., Rodrigue, K. M., Kennedy, K. M., Head, D., Williamson, A., Dahle, C., Gerstorf, D., & Acker, J. D. (2005). Regional brain changes in aging healthy adults: General trends, individual differences and modifiers. Cerebral Cortex, 15(11), 1676-1689.

Lindenberger, U., Singer, T., & Baltes, P. B. (2002). Longitudinal selectivity in aging populations: Separating mortality-associated versus experimental components in the Berlin Aging Study (BASE). Journal of Gerontology:  Psychological Sciences, 57B(6), P474-P482.

Lindenberger, U., Marsiske, M., & Baltes, P. B. (2000). Memorizing while walking: Increase in dual-task costs from young adulthood to old age. Psychology and Aging, 15(3), 417-436.

Lindenberger, U., & Pötter, U. (1998). The complex nature of unique and shared effects in hierarchical linear regression: Implications for developmental psychology. Psychological Methods, 3(2), 218-230.

Lindenberger, U., & Baltes, P. B. (1997). Intellectual functioning in old and very old age: Cross-sectional results from the Berlin Aging Study. Psychology and Aging, 12(3), 410-432.

Chapman, M., & Lindenberger, U. (1992). Transitivity judgments, memory for premises, and models of children's reasoning. Developmental Review, 12, 124-163.

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