Dissertation projects

Dissertation Topics

"Work-in-progress"

   

 Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin                     

(Prof. P.B. Baltes, PD Dr. J. Smith with Dr. R. Krampe, Dr. A. Freund, Dr. S-C. Li, Dr. U. Kunzmann)

 

Dr. Tania Singer, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Testing-the-limits in a mnemonic technique: A study of cognitive plasticity in very old age"    

 
Dr. Michaela Riediger,  PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"On the dynamic relations among multiple goals in young and old adulthood: The sample case of goal conflict in the context of starting regular physical exercise"    

 
Dr. Michael Rapp, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Balance and cognition in older adults and dementia patients"

 
Dr. Albina Bondar, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Balance and cognition: Age differences in resource allocation"

 
Susanne Ehrhorn, Doctoral student, Psychology

"Social relationships and loneliness in old age: The role of relationship quality"

 
Dr. Antje Stange, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"The social dimension of wisdom: Perceived competence and warmth in an advice-giving situation"
 
Dr. Florian Schmiedek, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation  
"General and specific factors of cognitive functioning in old age - Models of individual differences based on age-heterogeneous cross-sectional data"
 
Dr. Susanne Scheibe, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Alternative realities of the life course: The representation and function of life-longing in adulthood"
 
Dr. Denis Gerstorf, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Profiles of psychological functioning: Patterns of change during advanced old age"
 
Dr. Natalie C. Ebner, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Win or don't lose: On the differences in personal goal focus in early and late adulthood"
 
Daniel Grühn, Doctoral student, Psychology, new member since Oct. 2002
"Age differences in emotional memory"

Free University Berlin, Psychiatric Clinic, Department of Psychiatry

(Prof. I. Heuser, Prof. Dr. med. F. Reischies)

 

Dr Eva Hacker, PhD Medicine, completed dissertation

"Visuospatial orientation in patients with and without cognitive impairment"                                             

 
Dr. Florian Wertenauer, PhD Medicine, completed dissertation  

"The Speed of Decline of Cognitive Performance in Old Age and the Early Diagnosis of Dementia"

 
Dr. Daniela Kronfeldt, PhD Medicine, completed dissertation

"Frontal lobe functions in old age - A study of age and dementia effects of feedback cued learning in the probabilistic object reversal test (pORT) using EEG (LORETA) and fMRI"

 
Thomas Mell, Doctoral student, Medicine
"Reward processing and reward association learning in old age"
 
Dr. Orla Hornung,  PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Learning and memory in old age and the function of REM-sleep"
 
Nina Albrecht, Doctoral student, Medicine, new member since 2002
"The significance of NREM-sleep for memory processes in elderly subjects"

Free University Berlin, Psychiatric Clinic, Research Group on Gerontopsychiatry        

(PD Dr. J.Smith)

 

Dr. Daniela Jopp, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"On sources of successful development and successful aging: Resources and life-management strategies"                

 
Dr. Ilka Lissmann, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Intraindividual changes in extraversion and neuroticism in old age: The role of sensorimotor function"


Free University Berlin, Psychiatric Clinic, Department of Gerontopsychiatry       

 (Prof. I. Heuser, Prof. M. Linden)

 

Dr. Guido Kurtz, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Recognition and medical decision making in the treatment of depressive disorders in old age"     


Free University Berlin, ENT-Clinic      

 (Prof. K. Scherer)

 

Dr. Michael Rapp, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Balance and cognition in older adults and dementia patients"
 
Dr. Albina Bondar, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Balance and cognition: Age differences in resource allocation"


Free University Berlin, Department of Health Psychology

(Prof. R. Schwarzer)

 

Dr. Nina Knoll, Ph.D., Psychology, completed dissertation

"Coping as a personality process: How elderly patients deal with cataract surgery"         

Link to Project Website: http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~nknoll/cataract/
 
Dr. Nina Rieckmann, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"On the dynamics between resilience and coping in old age: A study in the context of cataract surgery"                                                   

Link to Project Website: http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~nknoll/cataract/
 
Dr. Ute Schulz, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

"Social Support in Dyads: A longitudinal study on couples coping with cancer surgery"   

Link to Project Website: http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~taubert/charite/
Dr. Jochen P. Ziegelmann, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation
"Self-Regulation and Successful Aging: Adoption and Maintenance of Health Behaviors Across the Lifespan"
Link to Project Website: www.ziegelmann.org
Youlia Spivak, Doctoral student, Psychology, new member since Oct. 2002

"Age-related patterns of compensatory health behaviors: barriers or help by improvement of objective health parameters"

 

University Potsdam

(Prof. R. Kliegl)

Martina Junker, Doctoral student, Psychology

"Working memory in sentences with complex and easy syntax: Age differences and age invariance"


Technical University Berlin

(Dr. P. L. Klumb)

Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, PhD, Psychology, completed dissertation

 "Interpersonal contributions to the pursuit of work- and familiy-goals in adulthood: An intergenerational perspective"


Humboldt University Berlin, University Hospital Charite

(Prof. Dr. med. Arno Villringer)

Claudia Preuschhof, Doctoral student, Psychology, new member since Oct 2002

"Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus and Levodopa Treatment on the Performance of Patients with Parkinson's Disease in Dual Tasks and Subliminally Primed 2-Choice Reaction Time Tasks."


Max-Delbrück Centrum for Molecular Medicine

(PD Dr. med. Gerd Kempermann)

Ana Garcia, Doctoral student, Medicine, new member since Oct 2002

"Regulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis by corticosteroids: Implications for aging"