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Jochen Brandtstädter

Jochen Brandtstädter (born 1943) was a professor for developmental psychology at the University of Trier until 2011. He is best known for his contributions to the life-span concept in developmental psychology. Further points of interest in his research are development in adults, theoretical psychology, and theory of action. In the field of psychology of ageing Jochen Brandtstädter analysed processes of selfregulation and the dynamics at the threshold of old age, with a particular focus on questions of goal attainment and detachment. In the framework of the project "Adaptive Ressourcen des alternden Selbst" ("Adaptive Resources of the Ageing Self"; 1997-2003), he developed an approach that successfully integrates perspectives informed by theory of action and of development. Jochen Brandtstädter has been awarded many honours and prizes for his work. He used to be a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1983-1984) and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1998-1999). He is a member of the Academia Europaea, London, and since 2004, he has been a member of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Important Publications: Positive Entwicklung. Zur Psychologie gelingenden Lebens (2011); Das flexible Selbst. Selbstentwicklung zwischen Zielbindung und Ablösung (2007); eds. Jochen Brandtstädter, Ulman Lindenberger: Entwicklungspsychologie der Lebensspanne. Ein Lehrbuch (2007).