PD Dr. phil. Jana Nikitin

Adjunct Lecturer

 

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J. Nikitin

 


PD Dr. phil. Jana Nikitin
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Binzmühlestrasse 14/11
CH-8050 Zürich
E-Mail: nikitin@psychologie.uzh.ch
 

Central Research Interests

  • Adult socio-motivational development
  • Approach and avoidance motivation
  • Motivational processes in transitions

Brief Research Statement

My research focuses on socio-motivational development across adulthood. I would like to better understand which processes underlie our ability to initialize and maintain social relationships in different contexts across the life span. To that end, I use the fundamental dimensions of approach and avoidance motivation, i.e., what people desire and fear in social relationships.

Selected Publications

  • Nikitin, J., & Freund, A. M. (2015). Adult age differences in frequency estimations of happy and angry faces. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39, 266-274. doi: 10.1177/0165025414542838
  • Nikitin, J., Schoch, S., & Freund, A. M. (2014). The role of age and motivation for the experience of social acceptance and rejection. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1943-1950. doi:10.1037/a0036979
  • Nikitin, J., & Freund, A. M. (2014). The indirect nature of social motives: The relation of social approach and avoidance motives with likeability via extraversion and agreeableness. Journal of Personality. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12086
  • Nikitin, J., Burgermeister, L. C., & Freund, A. M. (2012). The role of age and social motivation in developmental transitions in young and old adulthood. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 3:366. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00366
  • Nikitin, J., & Freund, A. M. (2011). Age and motivation predict gaze behavior for facial expressions. Psychology and Aging, 26, 695-700. doi:10.1037/a0023281

Education

2015 Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in Psychology, University of Zurich, habilitation thesis “Adult Social Development: A Motivational Perspective”
2008 Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Zurich, PhD thesis “When Wanting and Fearing Go Together: The Interplay of Social Approach and Avoidance Motivation”
2003 M.A. in Psychology, Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence, and Criminology; University of Zurich

Professional Positions

Since 09/2014 Senior teaching and research associate (Oberassistenz), Department of Psychology, University of Zurich
02/2014 – 08/2014 Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
07/2009 – 01/2014 Senior teaching and research associate (Oberassistenz), Department of Psychology, University of Zurich
10/2008 – 06/2009 Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich
03/2005 – 09/2008 Junior teaching and research associate, doctoral student Advisor: Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich
06/2004 – 02/2005 Research assistant, Project: “Flow Experience in Everyday Life” PI: Prof. Dr. Urs Schallberger, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich