Ulman Lindenberger

Director Center for Lifespan Psychology

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


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Tel.: +49 30 82406-572/573

Memberships and Service (Selection)

  • Co-Director, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
  • Speaker, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)
  • Speaker, International Max Planck Research School for Computational Methods in Psychiatry and Ageing Research (COMP2PSYCH)
  • Fellow, Max Planck School of Cognition 
  • Scientific Managing Director, Minerva Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Max Planck Foundation
  • Chair, Selection Committee of Supporting Members of the Max Planck Society
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Foreign Member, Class for Social Sciences (Class No IX), Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation
  • Member, Wilhelm-Wundt-Gesellschaft

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., De la Fuente, J., Köhncke, Y., Brandmaier, A. M., Nyberg, L., & Lindenberger, U. (2022). A strong dependency between changes in fluid and crystallized abilities in human cognitive aging. Science Advances, 8, Article eabj2422. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abj2422

Ghisletta, P., Mason, F., von Oertzen, T., Hertzog, C., Nilsson, L.-G., & Lindenberger, U. (2020). On the use of growth models to study normal cognitive aging. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44(1), 88–96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025419851576

Schmiedek, F., Lövdén, M., von Oertzen, T., & Lindenberger, U. (2020). Within-person structures of daily cognitive performance differ from between-person structures of cognitive abilities. PeerJ, 8, Article e9290. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.9290

Lindenberger, U., & Lövdén, M. (2019). Brain plasticity in human lifespan development: The exploration-selection-refinement model. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, 1, 197–222. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-devpsych-121318-085229

Brandmaier, A. M., Wenger, E., Bodammer, N. C., Kühn, S., Raz, N., & Lindenberger, U. (2018). Assessing reliability in neuroimaging research through intra-class effect decomposition (ICED). eLife, 7, Article e35718. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.35718

Keresztes, A., Ngo, C. T., Lindenberger, U., Werkle-Bergner, M., & Newcombe, N. S. (2018). Hippocampal maturation drives memory from generalization to specificity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(8), 676–686. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2018.05.004

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2016.06.003

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 of the United States of America, 112(24), 7593–7598. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1504090112

Lindenberger, U. (2014). Human cognitive aging: Corriger la fortune? Science, 346(6209), 572–578. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2013.10.006

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. https://doi.org/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.e9–620.e22. https://doi.org/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(1), 34–47. https://doi.org/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(4), 659–676. https://doi.org/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, Article 27. https://doi.org/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), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014986

Müller, V., Gruber, W., Klimesch, W., & Lindenberger, U. (2009). Lifespan differences in cortical dynamics of auditory perception. Developmental Science, 12(6), 839–853. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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.

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. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhi044

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. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/57.6.P474

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.15.3.417

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/1082-989X.3.2.218

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.12.3.410

Chapman, M., & Lindenberger, U. (1992). Transitivity judgments, memory for premises, and models of children's reasoning. Developmental Review, 12(2), 124-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/0273-2297(92)90006-N

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