Psychological Assessment and Testing

Thinking, feeling, acting – these are the central areas we are interested in as psychologists. But how can we capture or measure aspects such as cognitive abilities, personality traits, emotional states, or social behavior?

Psychological assessment and testing deals with questions, which concern the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of information about a person's behavior, abilities, and internal states. We use a variety of methods and instruments for this purpose, including interviews, questionnaires, psychometric tests, and systematic observations of behavior, with the goal of gathering valid and reliable information about a wide range of human behavior. Thorough psychological assessment prepares the groundwork for, for example, better understanding individual differences, assessing people's life situations, or developing effective intervention programs.

Our Psychological Assessment and Testing (PsycAT) lab is interested in topics related to reading and learning in digital environments, large-scale assessment, and modeling and interpreting process-related behavioral data. As an endowed professorship, the lab also cooperates with the Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V. (g.a.s.t. ; Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development), which provides, among other things, the TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language), one of the most important German tests for international university applicants.

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