Our goal is to understand how people develop in their setting, act in it, and are influenced by it. We explore the foundations of human behavior, our development and competencies in the context of our history, environment, society, and technology. For example, we study how people learn to make good decisions; how their emotions change throughout history and differ across cultures; how they manage to interact with artificial intelligence in a self-determined way; how everyone can realize their potential; what environments promote health, well-being, and cognitive performance; and how individuals and collectives alike can contribute to designing them. We want to make findings accessible and create knowledge to enable our society to shape the lifeworld effectively. Interdisciplinarity, cutting-edge research, and great intellectual freedom characterize our work.

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