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Psychologin Diana Peitz. Foto: Thomas Roese.

Tracking down hunger with nose, ears and heart – Psychologists test a promising new therapeutic approach for eating and weight disorders

A crispy bread roll, a juicy mango, or a warming soup - our food appeals to many senses and usually serves more than just the need to fill the... more
Sprache hilft dank ihrer Variabilität, Brücken zu bauen. Bild: Fotolia/

Testing the Limits – A Special Research Area Investigates How Flexible Language Really Is

It’s Friday morning at a weekly market in Berlin. Those who visit the Maybachufer market in the district of Neukölln are treated to a little journey... more
Elektroden messen die Bewegungen der Gesichtsmuskulatur. Foto: Thomas Roese.

Look Into My Eyes?! – A socio-psychological study explores the famous first impression

A glance is enough: in a fraction of a second, we get a first impression of someone – whether we find them likable or unlikable, attractive or... more
Foto: Prof. Dr. Florian Weck. Foto: Thomas Roese.

Together Against Anxiety – Florian Weck researches excessive fear of disease and how to train good therapists

When does psychotherapy work and when does it not? What makes a good therapist? And how can their competencies be measured? These questions are on... more
In der PIER-Studie untersuchen Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner und Projektkoordinatorin Dr. Juliane Felber seit 2005 kontinuierlich, wie sich Kinder und Jugendliche entwickeln. Foto: Karla Fritze

The Risk Inside – Psychologists examine which traits promote critical development.

The first data was collected in 2005. By now about 3,000 children and adolescents have participated in the PIER (Potsdamer intrapersonale... more
Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin. Foto: Karla Fritze

Literature As Nourishment – Research on a New Spatial Understanding of the Holocaust

Trauma and space – literary scholar and philosopher Judith Kasper brings these two terms together in a research project funded by the DFG about the... more
Foto: Karla Fritze

Learning How to Lose Weight

Psychologists in Potsdam have developed a training program for obese young people
They’ve just grown out of children’s shoes and are already too fat. Unfortunately this no longer a rare situation. Pathological obesity at an early... more
Im Forschungsprojekt lösten Kinder verschiedener Altersgruppen Gedächtnisaktualisierungsaufgaben. Foto: Anna Trapp


Why human working memory performance differs among people
Working memory is the intermediate storage device for the human brain. Its capacity is limited, even more so for people with learning disabilities... more
Foto: Hannelore Gensel


Pleasure for Some, Torment for Others  
For the eyes, reading is a fine motor skill, jumping in quick jerks from one word to the next in just fractions of a second. Depending on one’s... more
Foto: Karla Fritze

At the Limits of Resilience

Workplace-Related Anxieties and How They Can Be Treated
It breathes down your neck: it chokes you. There is pressure on your chest. It sends chills down your spine. Anxiety has many faces. A briefly flare... more