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Research subject Personality, social and developmental psychology

Personality psychology studies such inherited and acquired psychological structures and processes that in a systematic way vary between different individuals and contribute to organization (coherence), continuity and stability (consistency) in the person's behavior.

Social psychology is the field of psychology that studies individuals' thoughts, feelings and actions within a social context, i.e. as a function of the current or perceived presence of other individuals or groups. In the area, properties / processes regarding different phenomena are studied both within individuals (e.g. attitudes) and between individuals (e.g. attraction) as well as different phenomena both within groups and between groups.

Developmental psychology includes the study of normal development and individual variations from birth to adulthood. Developmental psychology deals with various aspects such as perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional, social and personality development, as well as the biological basis for developmental processes. The field of developmental psychopathology has special relevance for clinical psychology. Based on knowledge of normal development, descriptions and explanations for deviant developmental processes are sought, primarily with regard to emotional, social and personality psychological processes.

Source: The Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences

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Researchers

Torun Lindholm Öjmyr

Professor, stf prefekt

Department of Psychology
Torun Lindholm, porträtt.

Laura Ferrer Wreder

Universitetslektor, docent, studierektor

Department of Psychology
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Charlotte Alm

Universitetslektor, Docent

Department of Psychology
Charlotte Alm Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Victoria Andrén

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Victoria Andrén

Stephan Baraldi

Docent

Department of Psychology
Stephan Baraldi, porträtt

Lars R Bergman

Professor emeritus

Department of Psychology

Anna Ida Josefin Blomkvist

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Anna Blomkvist. Foto: Henrik Dunér

Sofia Elena Bracco

PhD student

Department of Psychology
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Aaron David Cherniak

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Aaron Cherniak Headshot

Ingela Clausén Gull

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Ingela Clausén Gull Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Radosveta Dimitrova

Affilierad forskare, Docent

Department of Psychology

Bo Ekehammar

Professor emeritus

Department of Psychology
Bo Ekehammar, porträtt

Lilianne Eninger

Universitetslektor, docent, studierektor

Department of Psychology

Joel Gruneau Brulin

Adjungerad lärare

Department of Psychology
Joel Gruneau Brulin Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Marie Gustafsson Sendén

Associate professor, Docent

Department of Psychology
Marie Gustafsson Sendén

Raver Gültekin

Doktorand

Department of Psychology

Maarit Johnson

Docent, universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Maarit Johnson, porträtt. Foto: Jan Nordén.

Joanna Lindström

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Joanna Lindström

Alexander Nordgren Selar

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Alexander Nordgren Selar Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Åsa Norman

Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Åsa Norman

Gunilla Micaela Preisler

Professor emerita

Department of Psychology
Gunilla Preisler, porträtt. Foto: ORASIS/MÅ.

Tina Sundelin

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Tina Sundelin Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Sarah Thomas

Doktorand

Department of Psychology

Elli van Berlekom

PhD student

Department of Psychology
Erik van Berlekom Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Shanshan Xiao

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
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Research groups

Research projects

Courses and programmes

The following courses on basic and advanced levels are mainly in the area of personality, social- and developmental psychology.

Please note the elegibility demands, which in some cases may include being admitted to an education programme.

In addition to these there are several courses in personality, social- and developmental psychology within the Master of psychology programme (Psychologist Programme).

Doctoral studies

For information about studying at the PhD level and finding courses in the area of personality, social- and developmental psychology, see the page Courses and programmes.

More than 10 PhD students study personality, social- and developmental psychology at the Department of Psychology, often leading to at least one new doctoral dissertation every year.

Departments and centres

The research in this subject at Stockholm University is mainly done within the Division of Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology.

Department of Psychology The Division of Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology