Psychological Methods 

Welcome ...

to the Chair of Psychological Methods at the University of Leipzig. The members of our lab are interested in the advancement of statistical methods for the analysis of complex psychological data and in applications of Brunswik’s lens model approach in psychological research. Latest research projects cover topics such as using cross-random effect model for the analysis of social relations models data or examining the processes underlying personality judgments. In teaching, we provide a comprehensive B.Sc.- and M.Sc.-program in psychological methods, including lectures and courses on basic and advanced statistics.

If you are interested in writing a thesis in our lab, you can find further information here.



Richard Rau is supported by a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a two-month visiting stay at University of Toronto, Canada as a guest of assistent professor Dr. Erika Carlson.


New paper by Judith Hall, Mitja Back, Steffen Nestler, Denise Frauendorfer, Marianne Schmid Mast, and Mollie Ruben is now in press in the Journal of Personality: "How do different ways of measuring individual differences in zero-acquaintance personality judgment accuracy correlate with each other?"


Steffen Nestler is supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project „Estimation of complex social relations model data with maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods”. The funded project is a cooperation project with Oliver Lüdtke working at the IPN in Kiel, Germany.


New paper by Sarah Humberg, Michael Dufner, Felix Schönbrodt, Katharina Geukes, Roos Hutteman, Maarten van Zalk,  Jaap Denissen, Steffen Nestler, and Mitja Back in press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Enhanced versus simply positive: A new condition-based regression analysis to disentangle effects of self-enhancement from effects of positivity of self-view.


New Paper by Steffen Nestler, Katharina Geukes, Roos Hutteman, and Mitja Back is now in press in Psychometrika: "Tackling longitudinal round-robin data: The Social Relations Growth Model."


Doctoral candidate Richard Rau received a three year funding for his
research project "Differential Tendencies in Perceiving Others' Agency
and Communion: Psychometric Properties and Consequences.". Funds were
granted by the graduates committee of the university of Leipzig.


New Paper by Steffen Nestler, Marius Leckelt, Mitja D. Back, Ina von der Beck, Ulrike Cress, and Aileen Oeberst is now in press in Psychologische Rundschau: "Produktion von naturwissenschaftlichen Informationen im Internet am Beispiel von Wikipedia".


On the 18th European Conference on Personality in Timisoara (Romania) Caroline Wahle received the first prize of the Poster award of the European Association of Personality Psychology (Title: Appearing smart, confident and motivated: A lens model approach to teachers’ judgment accuracy co-authors; Mitja D. Back, Steffen Nestler, Johanna Pretsch, Friedrich-Wilhelm Schrader, Anna-Katharina Praetorius, and Katrin Hochdörffer). Congratulations!

letzte Änderung: 19.03.2017 


Psychological Methods
University of Leipzig
Institute for Psychology
Neumarkt 9 - 19, Aufgang A
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Secretary: Angelika Klein
Tel.: +49 (0) 341 - 9735900
Fax: +49 (0) 341 - 9735909