Martin Tomasik
I joined the PATHWAYS Programme in October 2008 during its first intake of fellows, when I was based at the University of Jena (Germany) in the Center for Applied Developmental Science. I was a PATHWAYS Fellow until September 2012.

I completed my MA in psychology at the Free University in Berlin, (Germany) in 2004 and my PhD in 2008 at the University of Jena. My doctoral thesis was awarded the German Study Prize/Recognition Award by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg.

I have been a research associate at the Collaborative Research Centre 580, University of Jena, since 2004, working on the sub-project, 'Individual and Social Resources for Coping with Social Change' (PI: Rainer K. Silbereisen). I have also collaborated in research projects at the Free University, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and the German Centre of Gerontology. Since 2012, I have been working at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in a research project on Readiness to Disengage from Motivational Conflict: Adult Age Differences and Implications for Emotional Experiences (PI: Alexandra M. Freund).

My research interests include: social change and human development, processes of disengagement, motivational aspects of developmental psychology, life-span theory of control, aging-related cognitions, and quantitative methods of developmental science.

Selected Key Publications

Tomasik, M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (in press). Negotiating the demands of active ageing: Longitudinal findings from Germany. Ageing and Society.

Tomasik. M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Beneficial effects of disengagement from futile struggles with occupational planning: A contextualist-motivational approach. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1785-1796.

Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., & Heckhausen, J. (2010). Is it adaptive to disengage from demands of social change? Adjustment to developmental barriers in opportunity-deprived regions. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 384-398.

Wurm, S., Tomasik, M. J., & Tesch-Römer, C. (2010). On the importance of a positive view on aging for physical activity among older adults: Cross-sectional and longitudinal findings. Psychology and Health, 25, 25-42.

Tomasik, M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2009). Demands of social change as a function of the political context, institutional filters, and psychosocial resources. Social Indicators Research, 94, 13-28.



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