Dr. Sebastian Pusch

Research Associate
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Wildstraße 1
07743 Jena

Room E005

Postal adress:
Humboldtstraße 11
07743 Jena

Consulting hours:
by agreement

E-Mail:    sebastian.pusch@uni-jena.de
Telephone: +49 3641 9-45076
Telefax: +49 3641 9-45162

Research Interests

  • „Partner perception“
  • Implicit and explicit motive dispositions
  • Romantic relationships
  • Personality development

Current Projects

Curriculum Vitae Show content
  • 2020
    PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude)
    Thesis: "Motivational Interdependence in Couple Relationships"

  • since 06/2020
    Research associate at the Department of Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the Friedrich Schiller University JenaDFG-Project "Motivational Interdependence in Intimate Relationships"
  • 06/2016 - 05/2020
    Research associate at the Department of Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
    DFG-Project "Dynamics of implicit motives in intimate partner relationships"

  • 11/2014 - 04/2016
    Student assistant at the Department of Pedagogical Psychology at the Institute of Education Science
    (BMBF-Project: "Zukunftsmarkt 65plus")

  • 10/2014 - 05/2016
    Master studies of Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • 03/2014 - 09/2014
    Student assistant at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at the TU Dortmund

  • 10/2010 - 09/2014
    Bachelor studies of Psychology and Philosophy at the Technical University Dortmund
Publications Show content

in press

Schönbrodt, F. D., Zygar, C., Nestler, S., Pusch, S., & Hagemeyer, B. (in press). Measuring motivational relationship processes in experience sampling: A reliability model for moments, days, and persons nested in couples. Behavior Research Methods.


Pusch, S., Schönbrodt, F.D., Zygar-Hoffmann, C., & Hagemeyer, B. (in press). Perception of communal motives in couples: Accuracy, bias, and their associations with relationship length. Journal of Research in Personality.

Pusch, S., Schönbrodt, F. D., Zygar-Hoffmann, C., & Hagemeyer, B. (2020). Truth and wishful thinking: How inter-individual differences in communal motives manifest in momentary partner perceptions. European Journal of Personality, 34, 115-134. doi:10.1002/per.2227

Zygar-Hoffmann, C., Pusch, S., Hagemeyer, B., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2020). Motivated behavior in intimate relationships: Comparing the predictive value of motivational variables. Social Psychological Bulletin, 15(2), 1-37. https://doi.org/10.32872/spb.2873


Pusch, S., Mund, M., Hagemeyer, B. & Finn, C. (2019). Personality development in emerging and young adulthood: A study of age differences. European Journal of Personality, 33, 245-263. doi:10.1002/per.2181


Zygar, C., Hagemeyer, B., Pusch, S., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2018). From motive dispositions to states to outcomes: An intensive experience sampling study on communal motivational dynamics in couples. European Journal of Personality, 32, 306-324. DOI: 10.1002/per.2145

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