Wolfgang Friedlmeier

Wolfgang Friedlmeier

Professor - Developmental/Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Diploma, University of Bamberg, Germany
  • Ph.D., University of Konstanz, Germany

Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award 2017

Office: 1317 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-2415

Email: [email protected]

Lab: Emotion Lab (EmoLab); 301 W. Fulton St.; Eberhard Center 104



Behavioral Research Facility
301 W. Fulton St. EC 104
phone: (616) 331-6835


Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award 2017


Cross-Cultural and Developmental Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 400 - Advanced Research in Psychology

PSY 355 - Psychology and Culture

PSY 499 - Independent Study & Research

Research Interests

My research focuses on socio-emotional development within the cultural context. Socialization practices differ over cultures and shape children's development from birth. Child-rearing behavior and reactions of parents are guided by subjective beliefs that parents have about education and development in general. One actual main interest is to study such beliefs (ethnotheories) in regard to parents' perception of competence and more specifically, their expectation about children's emotion expression and experience.

Current Research

Project 1: Assessment of Emotion Socialization

We are working on a revision of the CCNES (Coping with Children’s Negative Emotion Survey), a well-established instrument to assess emotion socialization. The instrument includes some Western biases, and we aim to create a more culture-sensitive instrument. Main collaborators are Vaishali Raval (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio), Feyza Corapci (Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey), and Tripti Kathuria (Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai,

Project 2: Emotion Socialization in Cultural Perspective

The project aims to analyze effects of cultural variations of emotion socialization on children’s development of emotions by comparing Turkish, Romanian, Israeli, Indian, and American families. We used observation methods, semi-structured interview, and questionnaires. The study was carried out in collaboration with Dr. Feyza Corapci (Bogazici University, Istanbul), Dr. Oana Benga (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj), Dr. Jenny Kurman (University of Haifa), and Dr. Shagufa Kapadia (Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda). Currently, we have two main goals:

First, we analyze moment-to-moment dynamics of how parents respond to and help toddlers in emotionally challenging situation. Such microgenetic analyses may provide insight how to tailor parenting interventions to specific parent-toddler interactions involving emotion regulation. Second, we analyze toddlers’ inhibitory skills in a delay of gratification task with the presence of the mother across cultures using survival analysis.

Current Roles

Editor of Online Readings of  Psychology and Culture

Chair of Communication and Publication Committee (CPC) of IACCP (2018 to 2024)

Recent Publications

Corapci, F. & Friedlmeier, W. (2024). Proactive parenting with toddlers in two contexts: A cross-cultural comparison of the US and Turkey. Manuscript in preparation.

Kathuria, T., Kapadia, S., & Friedlmeier, W. (2023). Emotion socialization in the Indian cultural context. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.9707/2307-0919.1178

Kathuria, T., Kapadia, S., & Friedlmeier, W. (2022). Links between maternal emotion socialization goals and practices in an urban Indian context. In M. Klicperova-Baker & W. Friedlmeier (Eds.) (2022), Xenophobia vs. patriotism: Where is my home? Proceedings from the 25th Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, 10. https://doi.org/10.4087/GYVG7678

Benga, O., Susa-Erdogan, G., Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Ramonti, M. (2019). Maternal self-construal, maternal socialization of emotions and child emotion regulation in a sample of Romanian mother-toddler dyads. Frontiers, 7, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02680

Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., Susa-Erdogan, G., Benga, O., & Kurman, J. (2019). Cultural variations of maternal emotion regulation of toddler’s emotions in a delay of gratification context. Culture and Brain, 7, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40167-018-0076-0

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