Jun.-Prof. Cornelia Wrzus

Curriculum Vitae

William-Stern-Preis für „hervorragende innovative Arbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Persönlichkeitspsychologie“ verliehen durch die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Fachgruppe Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD)

seit 2013
Juniorprofessorin für Persönlichkeitspsychologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

2009 – 2013
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe“Affekt über die Lebensspanne” (PD Dr. Michaela Riediger), Max-Planck- Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin

Promotion zum Thema “Similarity in personal relationships: Associations with relationship regulation between and within individuals” an der Universität Potsdam (Betreuer: Prof. Franz J. Neyer und Prof. John B. Nezlek)

Forschungsaufenthalt bei Prof. John B. Nezlek am College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA

2005 – 2008
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im DFG-Projekt „Beziehungsgestaltung und Persönlichkeit im Lebenslauf: Zur Psychologie der Nähe und Reziprozität in familialen Lebensformen“ (Prof. F. J. Neyer, Prof. F. R. Lang) an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Vechta, Universität Potsdam

1999 – 2005
Psychologiestudium an der Universität Potsdam,wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft der Abteilung „Lebensspannenpsychologie“ am Max-Planck- Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin


in press

Cohrdes, C., Wrzus, C., Frisch, S., & Riediger, M. (in press). Tune yourself in: Valence and arousal preferences in music-listening choices from adolescence to old age. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/dev0000362

Wrzus, C., & Mehl, M. (in press). Ecological sampling methods for studying everyday situations. In D. Funder, J. Rauthmann, & R. Sherman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations. New York: Oxford University Press.


Wrzus, C., & Egloff, B. (2018). Persönlichkeit und Persönlichkeitseigenschaften. In J. Strohmer (Ed.), Psychologie-Wissen für Fachkräfte in Kita, Krippe und Hort (pp. 217-226). Bern: Hogrefe.


Klipker, K., Wrzus, C., Rauers, A., Boker, S.M., & Riediger, M. (2017). Within-person changes in salivary testosterone and physical characteristics of puberty predict boys' daily affect. Hormones and Behavior, 95, 22-32. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.07.012

Klipker, K. Wrzus, C., Rauers, A., & Riediger, M. (2017). Hedonic orientation moderates the association between cognitive control and affect reactivity to daily hassles in adolescent boys. Emotion, 17, 497-508. doi: 10.1037/emo0000241

Quintus, M., Egloff, B. & Wrzus, C. (2017). Predictors of volitional personality change in younger and older adults: Response surface analyses signify the complementary perspectives of oneself and knowledgeable others. Journal of Research in Personality, 70, 214-228. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2017.08.001

Wrzus, C., Egloff, B. & Riediger, M. (2017). Using Implicit Association Tests in age-heterogeneous samples: The importance of cognitive abilities and quad model processes. Psychology and Aging, 32, 432-446. doi: 10.1037/pag0000176

Wrzus, C., & Roberts, B. W. (2017). Processes of personality development in adulthood: The TESSeRa framework. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 21, 253-277. doi: 10.1177/1088868316652279


Harden, K. P., Wrzus, C., Luong, G., Grotzinger, A., Bajbouj, M., Rauers, A., Wagner, G.G., & Riediger, M. (2016). Diurnal coupling between testosterone and cortisol from adolescence to older adulthood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 73, 79-90. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.07.216

Luong, G., Wrzus, C., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2016). When bad moods may not be so bad: Valuing negative affect is associated with weakened affect–health links. Emotion, 6, 387-401. doi: 10.1037/emo0000132

Wrzus, C., & Neyer, F. J. (2016). Co-development of personality and friendships across the lifespan: An empirical review on selection and socialization. European Psychologist, 21, 254-273. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000277

Wrzus, C., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2016). Personality-situation transactions from adolescence to old age. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 782-799. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000054

Wrzus, C., Zimmermann, J., Mund, M., & Neyer, F. J. (2016). Friendships in young and middle adulthood: Normative patterns and personality differences. In M. Hojjat & A. Moyer (Eds.), Psychology of friendship. New York: Oxford University Press.


Wagner, J., Wrzus, C., Neyer, F. J., & Lang, F. R. (2015).Social network characteristics of early midlife voluntarily and involuntarily childless couples. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 87-110. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13490931

Wrzus, C. (2015). Situation cues, characteristics, and classes—Understanding their links to understand situations’ associations with personality and behavior. European Journal of Personality, 29, 416-418. doi: 10.1002/per.2005

Wrzus, C., Luong, G., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger. M. (2015). Can’t get it out of my head: Age differences in affective responsiveness vary with preoccupation and elapsed time after daily hassles. Emotion, 15, 257-269. doi: 10.1037/emo0000019

Wrzus, C., & Mehl, M. (2015). Lab and/or field? Measuring personality processes and their social consequences. European Journal of Personality, 29, 250-271. doi: 10.1002/per.1986


Neyer, F. J., Mund, M., Zimmermann, J., & Wrzus, C. (2014). Personality-relationship transactions revisited. Journal of Personality, 82, 539–550. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12063

Riediger, M., Wrzus, C., Klipker, K., Müller, V., Schmiedek, F., & Wagner, G. G. (2014). Outside of the laboratory: Associations of working-memory performance with psychological and physiological arousal vary with age. Psychology and Aging, 29, 103-114. doi: 10.1037/a0035766

Riediger, M., Wrzus, C., & Wagner, G. G. (2014). Happiness is pleasant, or is it? Implicit representations of affect valence are associated with contrahedonic motivation and mixed affect in daily life. Emotion, 14, 950-961. doi: 10.1037/a0037711

Wrzus, C., Müller, V., Lindenberger, U., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2014). Affect dynamics across the lifespan: With age, heart rate reacts less strongly, but recovers more slowly from emotional strain. Psychology and Aging, 29, 563-576. doi: 10.1037/a0037451

Wrzus, C., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2014). Feeling good when sleeping in? Day-to-day associations between sleep duration and affective well-being differ from youth to old age. Emotion, 14, 624-628. doi: 10.1037/a0035349


Lang, F. R., Wagner, J., Wrzus, C., & Neyer, F. J. (2013). Personal effort in social relationships across adulthood. Psychology & Aging, 28, 529–539.

Wrzus, C., Hänel, M., Wagner, J., & Neyer, F. J. (2013). Social network change and life events across the lifespan: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 53-80. doi: 10.1037/a0028601

Wrzus, C., Müller, V., Wagner, G. G., Lindenberger, U., & Riediger, M. (2013). Affective and cardiovascular responding to unpleasant events from adolescence to old age: Complexity of events matters. Developmental Psychology, 49, 384-397. doi: 10.1037/a0028325


Sonnenberg, B., Riediger, M., Wrzus, C., & Wagner, G. G. (2012). Measuring time use in surveys - How valid are time use questions in surveys? Concordance of survey and experience sampling measures. Social Science Research, 41, 1037-1052. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.03.013

Wrzus, C., Brandmaier, A. M., von Oertzen, T., Müller, V., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2012). A new approach for assessing sleep duration and postures from ambulatory accelerometry. PLoS ONE, 7, e48089. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048089

Wrzus, C., Wagner, J., & Neyer, F. J. (2012). The interdependence of horizontal family relationships and friendships relates to higher well-being. Personal Relationships, 19, 465–482. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01373.x


Back, M. D., Baumert, A., Denissen, J. J. A., Hartung, F.-M., Penke, L., … Wrzus, C. (2011). PERSOC: A unified framework for understanding the dynamic interplay of personality and social relationships. European Journal of Personality, 25, 90-107.

Neyer, F. J., Wrzus, C., Wagner, J., & Lang, F. R. (2011). Two Principles of Relationship Regulation. European Psychologist, 16, 267-277. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000055

Riediger, M., Wrzus, C., Schmiedek, F., Wagner, G. G., & Lindenberger, U. (2011). Is seeking bad mood cognitively demanding? Contra-hedonic orientation and working-memory capacity in everyday life. Emotion, 11, 656-665. doi: 10.1037/a0022756

Wrzus, C., Wagner, J., Baumert, A., Neyer, F. J., & Lang, F. R. (2011) Adult parent-child relationships through the lens of social relations analyses: Prosocial personality and reciprocity of support. European Journal of Personality, 25, 133–145.


Wrzus, C., & Lang, F. R. (2010). Entwicklung der Persönlichkeit. In F. R. Lang, M. Martin & M. Pinquart (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie - Erwachsenenalter (pp. 141-159). Göttingen: Hogrefe.


Neyer, F. J. & Wrzus, C. (2009). Personality Traits, Effects on Relationships. In H. T. Reiss & S. K. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (Vol. 3, pp. 1189-1191), Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Wagner, J., Lang, F. R., Wrzus, C., & Neyer, F. J. (2009). Can You Picture Your Relationships? Internet-based Assessment of Ego-centered Social Networks and Relationship Perceptions of Closeness and Reciprocity: (IPG Research Notes 2009/02). Erlangen: Institute of Psychogerontology. (available at http://www.geronto.uni-erlangen.org/forschung/publikationen.shtml)


Lehnart, J., Wrzus, C., & Neyer, F. J. (2008). Dynamische Transaktionen zwischen Persönlichkeit und Beziehungen. In F. J. Neyer & F. M. Spinath (Eds.), Anlage und Umwelt (pp. 149 – 171).

Wrzus, C. (2008). Birds of a Feather ... But why? The Function of Similarity in Personal Relationships. Saarbrücken: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften.

Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte

Persönlichkeit im Lebensverlauf
Mechanismen von Persönlichkeitsentwicklung im Erwachsenenalter
Neurotizismus und affektive Prozesse
Persönlichkeitsdiagnostik im Lebensverlauf
Persönlichkeit und Soziale Beziehungen

DFG-gefördertes Projekt:
"Kurz- und Langzeitprozesse der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung im Erwachsenenalter" (Laufzeit 36 Monate)

JGU-gefördertes Projekt:
"Persönlichkeitsentwicklung im jungen, mittleren und höheren Erwachsenenalter" (Laufzeit 12 Monate)

Gutachterliche Tätigkeiten

Associate Editor

European Journal of Personality

Gutachter für Fachzeitschriften

British Journal of Psychology
Developmental Psychology
European Journal of Developmental Psychology
European Journal of Personality
Journal of Research in Personality
Psychology and Aging
Psychological Reports
Psychological Science
The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (Schmollers Jahrbuch)
Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie

Gutachter für Organisationen

National Science Foundation
Scientific committee of the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Czech Research Foundation


Persönlichkeitspsychologie I + II

Persönlichkeit und Soziale Beziehungen
Persönlichkeitsentwicklung (Workshop)
Beziehungsdiagnostik in ego-zentrierten Netzwerken
Entwicklung Sozialer Beziehungen im Jugend- und Erwachsenenalter

Angewandte Testtheorie und Testkonstruktion