Ulman Lindenberger



  • Advisor
  • Child & Brain Development


  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Center for Lifespan Psychology
And Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research


  • Germany


MA (Psychology), Technical University of Berlin
PhD, Free University of Berlin


Ulman Lindenberger is a developmental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist interested in the behavioral and neural aspects of plasticity across the lifespan.

He also studies age changes in brain-behavior relations, lifespan developmental theory, and multivariate developmental methodology. Lindenberger is the Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Together with Ray Dolan, he also directs the Max Planck University College London Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, located in London and Berlin.


Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, 2015-2016
Mentoring Award, Division of Developmental Psychology, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, 2011
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2010
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2010
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 20, 2009

Relevant Publications

Schneider, W., & Lindenberger, U. (Eds.). (2018). Entwicklungspsychologie: Developmental Psychology. (8th compl. rev. ed.). Weinheim: Beltz. 

Staudinger, U. M., & Lindenberger, U. (Eds.) (2003). Understanding human development: Dialogues with lifespan psychology. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Tucker-Drob, E. M., Brandmaier, A. M., & Lindenberger, U. (2019). Coupled cognitive changes in adulthood: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, Advanced online publication. doi:10.1037/bul0000179 

Lindenberger, U. (2014). Human cognitive aging: Corriger la fortune? Science, 346(6209), 572– 578. DOI: 10.1126/science.1254403 

Freund, J., Brandmaier, A. M., Lewejohann, L., Kirste, I., et al. (2013). Emergence of individuality in genetically identical mice. Science, 340(6133), 756–759. doi:10.1126/science.1235294 

Lindenberger, U., von Oertzen, T., Ghisletta, P., & Hertzog, C. (2011). Cross-sectional age variance extraction: What's change got to do with it? Psychology and Aging, 26, 34-47. DOI:10.1037/a0020525 

Raz, N., Lindenberger, U., Rodrigue, K. M., et al. (2005). Regional brain changes in aging healthy adults: General trends, individual differences and modifiers. Cerebral Cortex, 15(11), 1676-1689. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhi044