Wolfgang Friedlmeier

 Diploma, University of Bamberg, Germany
 Ph.D., University of Konstanz, Germany
 office:  1317 AuSable Hall
 phone: (616) 331-2415
 301 W. Fulton St. EC 104
 phone: 616-331-6835


Cross-Cultural and Developmental Psychology

PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 400 - Advanced Research in Psychology
PSY 355 - Psychology and Culture
Research Interests
My research interest focuses on social and emotional development in a cross-cultural perspective.
Current Roles
Editor of Online Readings of  Psychology and Culture
Recent Publications

Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Benga, O. (in press). Cultural perspective on emotional development in early childhood. In L. Jensen (Ed.), Oxford handbook of culture and development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gunzenhauser, C., Fäsche, A., Friedlmeier, W., & Suchodoletz, A. (2013). Face it or hide it: Parental socialization of reappraisal and suppression. Manuscript submitted for publication.

VanderWege, B., Sanchez, M., Friedlmeier, W., Mihalca, L., Goodrich, E., & Corapci, F. (2013). Emotion displays in media: A comparison between Romanian, Turkish, Euro-American children books. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Prosoziale Motivation (prosocial motivation). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /prosoziales-motivsystem/

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Inklusiver Altruismus (inclusive altruism). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /altruismus-inklusiver/

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Reziproker Altruismus (reciprocal altruism). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /altruismus-reziproker/

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Continuity and change in family structures, family relations, and values in Eastern European countries after the collapse of communism. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16, 165-170.

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (Eds.). (2012a). Individual development and family relations in Eastern Europe [Special Issue]. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16(2).

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (2012b). Relative contribution of mothers and fathers to adolescents‘ values in Romanian families. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16, 239-264.

Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Emotionen und Stress im Kulturvergleich [Emotions and stress in cross-cultural perspective]. In Genkova, P., Ringeisen, T., & Leong, F. T. L. (Eds.), Handbuch Stress und Kultur: Interkulturelle und kulturvergleichende Perspektiven (S. 213-234). Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Wiesbaden.

Holodynski, M. & Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Affect and culture. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), Oxford handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 957-986). New York, Oxford University Press.

Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Cole, P. M. (2011). Socialization of emotions in cross-cultural perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 410–427.

Friedlmeier, W. (2010). Emotionale Entwicklung im kulturellen Kontext [Emotional development in cultural context]. In Mayer, B. & Kornadt, H.-J. (Eds.), Soziokultureller Kontext und menschliche Entwicklung [Socio-cultural context and human development] (pp. 121-140). Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Friedlmeier, W. (2010). A broad and fresh look on human development in cultural perspective. Review of the book “Family, self, and human development across cultures. Theory and applications” by C. Kagitcibasi, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 292-295.

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (2010). Family future orientation among Romanian and American adolescents. In Zukauskiene, R. (Ed.), Proceedings of the XIV European Conference on Developmental Psychology (pp. 339-343). Pianoro, Italy: Medimond.

Holodynski, M. & Friedlmeier, W. (2010). Significance of expressions for the development of emotions [Peer commentary to three reviews of the book “Development of Emotion and Emotion Regulation”]. Emotion Review, 2, 304-305.

Trommsdorff, G. & Friedlmeier, W. (2010). Mothers’ sensitivity and preschool daughters’ emotional reactions in Japan and Germany. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 7, 350-370.

Current Projects


Development of Emotion and Emotion Socialization: A comparison between Caucasian and Hispanic families.

This project aims to analyze the onset of cultural effects of emotion socialization on children’s development of emotions by comparing Hispanic and Caucasian families. 2-year-old children and their mothers are observed in different situations in which positive and negative emotions are induced. Mothers are interviewed about their strategies to regulate their children’s emotions. Additionally, home observation and an emotion diary about the child are included to assess the salience of children’s emotions occurring in daily life.

Emotion Socialization in an Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Perspective

The above mentioned study is expanded to a cross-cultural study with collaborators in Istanbul, Turkey (Feyza Corapci), Haifa, Israel (Jenny Kurman), Cluj, Romania (Oana Benga) and Nepal (in collaboration with Pamela Cole, Penn State University) as well as to an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with Lisa Hackman, sociologist at GVSU.

Emotion Norms in Children’s Storybooks: A Media Analysis

The goal is to analyze culture-specific emotion norms reflected in children books. Based on a selection of 10 American, Romanian, and Turkish popular children storybooks, we code and analyze the emotional displays of the figures in these books.

Emerging Adulthood and Individuation

This cross-national project aims to compare students’ perceptions of adulthood and the experience of this age period in three different countries: Austria, Slovenia, and USA. Cooperation partners are Ulrike Sirsch, University of Vienna, Austria, and Melita Puklek Levpuš ek and Maja Zupan i , University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Value of Children and Intergenerational Relationships

This international cross-cultural project aims to test how generative behavior, the readiness to invest in one’s own children and the support of parents is transmitted across generations. This study is a cross-cultural project (China, Czech Republic, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom) organized by Gisela Trommsdorff, University of Konstanz, and Bernhard Nauck, University of Chemnitz, Germany.

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