PD Dr. Ines Schindler

Research Interests

  • Aesthetic emotions
  • Being moved, being touched, rapture
  • Admiration and adoration
  • Role of emotions for life composition


    Academic Education

    06/2019PD Dr., Psychology, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    12/2015            Dr. habil., Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    06/2005Dr. rer. nat., Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    08/2000             Dipl.-Psych., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

    Professional Experience

    since 01/2017    Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    10/2015­–9/2016Substitute Professor at the Cair "Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology", Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
    10/2014–3/2015Substitute Professor at the Chair "Differential Psychology and Diagnostics", Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam
    01/2014–9/2014Research Associate, Universität Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin and Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    02/2009–2/2013Research Associate, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    06/2008–1/2008Research Associate, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
    12/2007–5/2008Postdoc, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
    12/2005–11/2007Postdoc, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Germany
    09/2000–09/2005Research Associate, TU Dresden, Germany
    01/2002–04/2002Visiting Ph.D. Research Fellow, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA


    Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

    Schindler, I., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2022). Lay conceptions of “being moved” (“bewegt sein”) include a joyful and a sad type: Implications for theory and research. Plos One, 17(10), Article e0276808. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0276808 

    Beermann, U., Hosoya, G., Schindler, I., Scherer, K. R., Eid, M., Wagner, V., & Menninghaus, W. (2021). Dimensions and Clusters of Aesthetic Emotions: A Semantic Profile Analysis. Frontiers in Psychology,12, Article 667173. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.667173

    Menninghaus, W., Schindler, I., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Hanich, J., Jacobsen, T., et al. (2020). Aesthetic Emotions Are a Key Factor in Aesthetic Evaluation: Reply to Skov and Nadal (2020).Psychological Review, 127(4), 650–654.  doi:10.1037/rev0000213.

    Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Schindler, I., Hanich, J., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2019). What are aesthetic emotions? Psychological Review, 126(2), 171–195.  doi:10.1037/rev0000135

    Hosoya, G., Schindler, I., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Menninghaus, W., Eid, M., & Scherer, K. (2017). Mapping the conceptual domain of aesthetic emotion terms: A pile-sort study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11(4), 457–473.  doi:10.1037/aca0000123

    Schindler, I., Hosoya, G., Menninghaus, W., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Eid, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2017). Measuring aesthetic emotions: A review of the literature and a new assessment tool. Plos One, 12(6), Article e0178899. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0178899   PDF    

    Paech, J., Schindler, I., & Fagundes, C. P. (2016). Mastery matters most: How mastery and positive relations link attachment avoidance and anxiety to negative emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 30, 1027–1036.  doi:10.1080/02699931.2015.1039933

    Schindler, I., Paech, J., & Löwenbrück, F. (2015). Linking admiration and adoration to self-expansion: Different ways to enhance one’s potential. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 292–310.  doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.903230

    Schindler, I. (2014). Relations of admiration and adoration with other emotions and well-being. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, 4(1), 14.  doi:10.1186/s13612-014-0014-7

    Schindler, I., Dietrich, J., & Berg, C. A. (2014). Why collaborate with close others when choosing a college major? Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 4, 128–142.  doi:10.5539/jedp.v4n1p128

    Schindler, I., Zink, V., Windrich, J., & Menninghaus, W. (2013). Admiration and adoration: Their different ways of showing and shaping who we are. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 85–118.  doi:10.1080/02699931.2012.698253

    Fagundes, C. P., & Schindler, I. (2012). Making of romantic attachment bonds: Longitudinal trajectories and implications for relationship stability. Personal Relationships, 19, 723–742.  doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01389.x

    Berg, C. A., Schindler, I., Smith, T. W., Skinner, M., & Beveridge, R. M. (2011). Perceptions of the cognitive compensation and interpersonal enjoyment functions of collaboration among middle-aged and older married couples. Psychology and Aging, 26, 167–173.  doi:10.1037/a0021124

    Schindler, I., Berg, C. A., Butler, J. M., Fortenberry, K. T., & Wiebe, D. J. (2010). Late-midlife and older couples’ shared possible selves and psychological well-being during times of illness: The role of collaborative problem solving. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 416­–424.  doi:10.1093/geronb/gbq030

    Schindler, I., Fagundes, C. P., & Murdock, K. W. (2010). Predictors of romantic relationship formation: Attachment style, prior relationships, and dating goals. Personal Relationships, 17, 97–105.  doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01255.x

    Schindler, I., & Tomasik, M. J. (2010). Life choices well made: How selective control strategies relate to career and partner decision processes. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 168–183.  doi:10.1007/s11031-010-9157-x

    Pinquart, M., & Schindler, I. (2009). Change of leisure satisfaction in the transition to retirement: A latent-class analysis. Leisure Sciences, 31, 311–329. doi:10.1080/01490400902988275

    Berg, C. A., Schindler, I., & Maharajh, S. (2008). Adolescents' and mothers' perceptions of the cognitive and relational functions of collaboration and adjustment in dealing with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 865–874.  doi:10.1037/a0013641

    Schindler, I., & Staudinger, U. M. (2008). Obligatory and optional personal life investments in old and very old age: Validation and functional relations. Motivation and Emotion, 32, 23–36.  doi:10.1007/s11031-007-9078-5

    Pinquart, M., & Schindler, I. (2007). Changes of life satisfaction in the transition to retirement: A latent-class approach. Psychology and Aging, 22, 442–455. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.22.3.442

    Schindler, I., Staudinger, U. M., & Nesselroade, J. R. (2006). Development and structural dynamics of personal life investment in old age. Psychology and Aging, 21, 737–753.  doi:10.1037/0882-7974.21.4.737

    Book Chapters

    Schindler, I., & Berg, C. A. (2021). Collaborative problem solving, crises, and well-being. In F. Maggino (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (2nd ed.). Springer.  doi:0.1007/978-3-319-69909-7_3908-2

    Schindler, I. (2019). Bewunderung und Verehrung aus psychologischer Sicht. In H. Kappelhoff, J.-H. Bakels, H. Lehmann, & C. Schmitt (Eds.), Emotionen: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (pp. 215-219). Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. doi:10.1007/978-3-476-05353-4_33

    Schindler, I. (2019). Is it morally good to admire? Psychological perspectives on the potentials and limits of admiration and elevation. In A. Archer & A. Grahle (Eds.), The moral psychology of admiration (pp.181–199). London: Rowman and Littlefield.

    Schindler, I., & Berg, C. A. (2014). Collaborative problem solving, crises, and well-being. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 978–983). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5

    Schindler, I. (2008). Persönlichkeitsentwicklung im Alter: Quelle positiver Verände-rungen im Verkehrsverhalten? In B. Schlag (Ed.), Leistungsfähigkeit und Mobilität im Alter (pp. 201–222). Köln: TÜV Media GmbH.

    Staudinger, U. M., & Schindler, I. (2008). Produktives Leben im Alter: Aufgaben, Funktionen und Kompetenzen. In R. Oerter & L. Montada (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie (pp. 927–955). Weinheim: Beltz PVU. S

    Schindler, I., & Staudinger, U. M. (2005). Lifespan perspectives on self and personality: The dynamics between the mechanics and pragmatics of life. In W. Greve, K. Rothermund, & D. Wentura (Eds.), The adaptive self: Personal continuity and intentional self-development (pp. 3–30). Ashland, OH: Hogrefe & Huber.

    Staudinger, U. M., & Schindler, I. (2002). Produktives Leben im Alter I: Aufgaben, Funktionen und Kompetenzen. In R. Oerter & L. Montada (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie (pp. 955–982). Weinheim: Beltz PVU.

    Staudinger, U. M., & Schindler, I. (2002). Produktivität und gesellschaftliche Partizipation im Alter. In B. Schlag & K. Megel (Eds.), Mobilität und gesellschaftliche Partizipation im Alter (pp. 64–86). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.


    Schindler, I. (2005). Late-life development of personal life investment: The "musts" and "cans" of aging. Dresden: TUDpress.

    Further Publications

    Schindler, I. (2015). Wie Entwicklungspfade entstehen und wohin sie führen: Die Rolle von Persönlichkeit, Beziehungen und Emotionen. Zusammenfassung der schriftlichen Habilitationsleistungen zur Habilitation am Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie der Freien Universität Berlin.

    Schindler, I. (2008). Studying the formation of romantic relationships: A case for prospective online studies. Newsletter of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, 53, 21–24.

    Awards and Grants

    12/2007–05/2008Return Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
    12/2005–11/2007Research Fellowship and Research Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
    06/2005Werner Straub Award of the Verein Psychologie-Kontakt e.V. for outstanding achievements during academic qualification
    01/2002–03/2002Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) for Ph.D.-research studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville


    • Defining "aesthetic emotions"

      The projects is devoted to reviewing the philosophical and psychological research on "aesthetic emotions". Its objective is to cover the topic in a major theoretical review paper and to develop a multi-dimensional model of "aesthetic ...

    • Developing an "Aesthetic Emotions Scale" (AESTHEMOS)

      A theoretical construct of "Aesthetic Emotions" is useful for empirical research only to the extent that methods for measuring actually felt aesthetic emotions are developed. The project undertakes this effort: it develops highly nuanced ...