1943 born in Mechernich, Eifel
1950-1957 One-classroom grade school in Bomig, North-Rhine Westphalia, father as teacher
1957-1963 High School Wüllenweberschule, Bergneustadt, North-Rhine Westphalia
1963-1965 Student of Psychology, University of Bonn, Germany
1965 Fulbright Scholarship, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
1966-1972 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Psychology, Washington State University
1966 B.S. Psychology
1967 marriage to Barbara Euler
1970 M.S. Psychology
1972 Ph. D. Psychology; Minors: Philosophy, Guitar, Modern Dance
1972-1974 Scientific Assistant, Department of Social Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
1974-2009 Professor of Psychology, University of Kassel, Germany
1981 Birth of daughter Lea
1986 Birth of daughter Greta
1989 Birth of son Joshua
2009-2011 Guest Scientist, Dept. for Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology, Medical Faculty, University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany
since 2012 Guest Scientist, Dept. of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology, Clinic for ENT, Head- and Neck Surgery, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2013-2014 Guest Scientist at the University of Vienna, Dept. of Developmental Psychology. Manager of sub-project III (“Fatherhood as stepfather: Parental investment in the service of mating”) of the CENOF Project (Central European Network on Fatherhood) “Raising fatherhood: Facets, determinants and perspectives of modern paternal love” ( Project Director: Prof. Lieselotte Ahnert, University of Vienny. Further sub-project managers: Prof. Ulrike Ehlert, Univ. of Zurich; Prof. Petra Klumb, Univ. of Fribourg; Prof. Julius Kuhl, Univ. of Osnabrueck; Prof. Katja Nowacki, Univ. of Dortmund.
since 2014 Professorial Research Fellow for Evolutionary Developmental Psychology, University of Vienna, Dept. of Developmental Psychology.


  • American Psychological Association, Foreign Affiliate
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stimm- und Sprachheilkunde e.V.
  • Human Behaviour and Evolution Association
  • Human Behavior Evolution Society
  • International Society for Human Ethology

Foto: Uwe Zucchi

Peer Reviews or Peer Commentaries

  • Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • BioMed Research International/li>
  • Creativity Research Journal
  • Current Anthropology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • European Journal of Personality
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
  • HNO
  • Human Nature
  • Journal of Bioeconomics
  • Journal of Biosocial Science
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Consumer Psychology
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Journal of Fluency Disorders
  • Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
  • Kindheit und Entwicklung
  • Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
  • Psychological Science
  • Review of General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Science Research
  • Sprache Stimme Gehör
  • Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

Editorial Work

  • Evolutionary Psychology, Associate Editor
  • Human Nature, Editorial Board


  • Gardening, particularly pomology (collecting fruit varieties)
  • Breeding chicken (Light Brown Dutch Bantam)