Prof. Dr. Ben Eppinger

Chair of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Room: 405
office hours: on demand
Tel.: +49 (0)3834 420 3750




Research interests

I study developmental differences in learning and decision behavior as well as the underlying neurobiological processes across the human lifespan (from childhood to old age).

My current research focuses on three areas:

(1) Lifespan development of adaptive behavior

(2) Lifespan development of learning and decision strategies

(3) Lifespan development of social learning and decision-making

The overarching goal of my research program is develop normative, neurobiologically plausible theories of developmental changes in learning and decision behavior using combinations of experimental, computational and neuroscience methods. The longer term mission is to use these theories to inform evidence-based interventions in the educational and health sector.

Curriculum Vitae

Since May 2022 Full professor (W3) for Developmental and Educational Psychology Department of Psychology, University of Greifswald
2021-2022 Guest-professor. Department of Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
2019-2022 Associate Professor of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, CA (tenured)
2017-2022 Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in cognitive neuroscience of decision making in healthy aging
2016-2019 Associate Professor of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, CA
2013 – 2016 Assistant professor for neurocognitive development of motivational mechanisms, TU Dresden
2010 – 2012 Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
2007 PhD, Department of Psychology, Saarland University
2004 Diploma in psychology, Department of Psychology, Saarland University

Recent publications:

Devine, S., Neuman, C., Levari, D.E., & Eppinger, B. (2022) Human ageing is associated with more rigid concept spaces, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Ruel, A., Bolenz, F., Li, S.-C., Fischer, A. G., & Eppinger, B. (2022). Neural evidence for age-related deficits in the representation of state spaces. Cerebral Cortex,

Devine, S., Germain, N., Ehrlich, S**., Eppinger, B.** (2022). Changes in the prevalence of thin bodies biases young women’s judgements about body size. Psychological Science, 33, 1212-1225.

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