The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) «The Life Course:
Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE)» is a joint international
PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the
Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the
University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University
The goal of the Research School is the study of the systematic changes in human behavior over evolutionary and ontogenetic time. The general approach is aimed at advancing the behavioral and social science of human development. LIFE takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development in a changing world, connecting evolutionary, ontogenetic, historical, and institutional perspectives. The focus is on the evolution and interaction of individual and institutional development.
The curriculum combines psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and biology, focussing especially on the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales.