Research profileField of Focus IV
Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Societies
The central concern of Field of Focus 4 is to better understand human (self-) regulation processes at the level of individuals and organisations in interdisciplinary dialogue. The main participants in this study are from the subject areas represented by the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law.
Scientists in Field of Focus 4 aim at understanding the capacity of self-regulation and how it develops over a person’s lifespan. Internal and external influences impacting on the faculty of self-regulation as well as inter-individual and cultural differences are also analysed. Researchers in Field of Focus 4 investigate the cognitive processes that underlie self-regulation processes and the relation between the capacity of self-regulation and decision-making and problem-solution processes. Questions about the importance of self-regulation for a healthy life and about the effects of disturbances of self-regulation processes are also addressed. Such topics are of special interest for disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, education or sport, all to be found in the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies. In addition, they form a bridge to the life sciences (in particular medicine).
When it comes to regulation in larger social units, researchers in Field of Focus 4 discover, for example, how social groups (e.g. families, organisations, companies or political institutions) regulate their interaction so that feelings, needs, reflections, claims and values of members are adequately considered. They also analyse how decisions are made in complex social systems and how questions relating to the availability and distribution of resources are settled. Such topics are taken up, for example, by disciplines like economics, sociology or political science. Different sub-disciplines of law are likewise relevant when it comes to studying the regulation of interpersonal relations in the form of legislative processes and the application of laws.
Institutes of three faculties, various interdisciplinary research centres and alliances as well as extra-university partners are involved in the research work of Field of Focus 4.
Members of Field of Focus 4 can apply for funding for interdisciplinary research projects on questions of self-regulation and regulation of individuals and societies. The aim of the funding lines is to initiate or deepen research initiatives in the areas of distribution conflicts and globalisation, decision making and rationality, culture and society as well as body and mind.
Research Council FoF 4
The Research Council coordinates the academic development of the FoF by identifying new research questions, bringing together complementary expertise and promoting innovative projects through start-up funding. It also actively supports young researchers and advises the Rectorate in all research matters.