Social, environmental and economic psychology



This website provides information about the department of social, environmental, and economic psychology of Faculty 8: Psychology.

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Subjects and working groups within the department

The department of social, environmental, and economic psychology teaches two subjects in the psychology program: social psychology and economic, business, and organizational psychology as well as the bachelor program “Humans and Environment: Psychology, Communication, Economics”.

In addition to personality and general psychology, social psychology is one of the most important basic disciplines in the psychology program. It deals with theories and research findings regarding motivation and information processing, emotions and learning processes in the social context, interactions and communication between people, dynamics of behavior between and within groups, and situations of individuals in the social collective. In the master program, social psychology largely contributes to the basic subject “cooperation and conflict”.

Environmental psychology is an applied psychological science and addresses human-environment interactions. The subject matter of environmental psychology is thus understanding how humans act on the environment, and how the environment affects humans. Environmental psychologists examine human impact on its natural environment (e.g. sustainable behavior, environmental protection), the perception of the environment (e.g. landscape perception, architecture) and the influence of nature and the environment on humans (e.g., nature and well-being). Environmental psychology uses a wide range of methods (including field experiments, laboratory studies, representative surveys) and an interdisciplinary approach. It is a central pillar of the university’s study program titled "Humans and Environment: Psychology, Communication, Economics". Moreover, basic knowledge of environmental psychology is imparted through seminars in the bachelor's and master's courses in psychology as well as in the education sciences.

Economic, business, and organizational psychology is an applied subject in the psychology program. It addresses the description, explanation, prediction and modification of human behavior and human perception in the working context including cooperation with other individuals at the work place. Economic, business, and organizational psychologists investigate psychologically relevant requirements, processes and effects in organized working behavior, such as they appear in production factories, trade and service companies, administrative bodies, health and education businesses, associations, as well as in self-organized employment. Further, economic, business, and organizational psychologists develop methods and procedures that help to identify individual potentials as well as job requirements within organizations. Based on these, new interventions can be developed improving performance and personality. In the bachelor program, this working group teaches “economic psychology” as well as the applied subject “Psychological personnel, team, and organizational development” in the master program.


Empirically, the department works quantitatively and experimentally. Further, the working groups are characterized by theory- and problem-oriented research. Their focus on socially organized human-environment-interactions unites the department’s working groups.