Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies

Work here concentrates on the empirical study of culturally conditioned human behaviour. In its present form the Faculty is one of the youngest at the University.
Eye Movement Lab
Investigating oculomotor activity at the Eye Movement Lab. Eye movements indicate shifts of processing focus when we read, solve complex problems or contemplate pictures: we train our attention on the things we are looking at. This experimental approach provides near-direct access to cognitive contents and processes.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies (German) comprises the Institute of Psychology, the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (in Europe: Ethnology), the Institute of Education (German), the Institute of Sports and Sports Sciences, the Institute of Gerontology.

Research profiles

The research interests of the Faculty are as variegated as its structure. They lie in the fields of cognitive and applied social psychology, the psychology of thinking and language, developmental psychology, women's and gender research, health psychology, and interdisciplinary research on ageing. In clinical psychology the main focus is on psychotherapy research, clinical emotion research, and mediation. Work and organisational psychology is concerned primarily with the selection, leadership and advancement of personnel and the design of new forms of work.

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Essential concerns in sport science are the preventive and rehabilitative effects of physical activity, training supervision in top-level competitive sport, motor learning, and biomechanical performance diagnostics.

At the Department of Education, research focuses on school development, international education studies, continuing education (for example with relation to counselling), and topics associated with social pedagogy.

Regionally, ethnology research concentrates on the Central and South Pacific and South Asia, with special thematic reference to ethnology and the cognitive sciences, ritual and performance, and ethnic medicine. The Institute of Gerontology studies ageing processes from an interdisciplinary vantage and develops prevention, treatment and rehabilitation measures on the basis of its research findings.

Also attached to the Faculty are the Research Centre for Comparative Educational Studies, the Practice and Research Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, and the Centre for Psychological Psychotherapy.

Differential diagnosis
Reassemble this puzzle! Differential diagnosis of giftedness is one of the tasks performed at the Advice Centre for Children and Families, part of the Psychotherapeutic Practice and Research Centre.

Performance diagnostics
With special reference to sport games and swimming, the Institute of Sport and Sport Science conducts numerous projects designed to develop and test ways of optimising training supervision and performance diagnostics.

Anthropological fieldwork
Anthropological fieldwork on "divine kingship" in the Central Himalayas. "Divine king" Pabasi journeys through his territory, his image mounted on a silver chest. The divine oracle escorts the palanquin holding the sword of God.

Cooperative projects and consultancy

The broad spectrum of subjects is reflected in the range of degree courses available. Demand for these has been increasing continuously, with a significant number of international students also applying. In the framework of Erasmus programmes and research projects, students are also given the opportunity for study sojourns in Europe and especially in the South Pacific. As members of international research teams and/or in a consultant capacity, the members of the Faculty maintain close working contacts with scientists, research groups and international organisations all over the world. Colleagues from abroad are regularly invited to Heidelberg as visiting professors.

Developmental psychology
Developmental psychologists measuring how long a baby looks at different stimuli as part of their research on thinking at the pre-language age.
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