Tilburg University department Developmental Psychology

Lifespan Lab

In the Lifespan Lab, we examine how people develop across the entire lifespan, which takes place from birth until very late age. In line with our lifespan approach, our study samples include people at different stages of their lifespan (i.e., toddlers, children, adolescents, younger, middle-aged, and older adults). We are interested in studying individuals’ behaviors, abilities, psychological states, and their social interactions across different periods of life, as well as changes therein.

In our research, we aim to better understand the development of affective, cognitive, physiological, and social processes across the lifespan, using different state-of-the-art methods, such as computerized behavioral assessment, observational methods, physiological assessment, and questionnaires. Moreover, we combine these laboratory assessments with ecologically valid momentary assessments (e.g., daily diaries) and wearables to link the findings from the laboratory to data from everyday life.

The ultimate goal of our research is to understand a) normative developmental trajectories, b) the development of individual differences, c) predictors of and mechanisms underlying individual differences in development and d) how individual differences in certain domains predict the development of other variables as well as individual adjustment over time.


Lifespan Lab
Address: Contact:
Tilburg University Nicola Ballhausen (lab manager)
Social and Behavioral Sciences lifespanlab@tilburguniversity.edu

TIAS Building, 411-415 (4th floor)

Warandelaan 2, 5037AB Tilburg  
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