Dr. Laura I. Schmidt

Research assistant

Schmidt Laura​Department of Psychological Ageing Research
Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University

Bergheimer Str. 20
D-69115 Heidelberg

Phone +49 (0)6221 - 54 8115 or 54 7297
Fax +49 (0)6221 - 54 8112

E-Mail: Laura I. Schmidt


  • 2003 - 2004  Studies of Mathematics at the University of Rostock
  • 2004 - 2010  Studies of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, minor subject Mathematics and Political Economy, semester abroad in Southampton: Master degree program with focus on Health Psychology
  • 2006 - 2011  Research assistant at the Department of Psychological Ageing Research, Heidelberg University. Research project Senso-Age: Developmental impact of vision and hearing loss in old age, Importance of social-spatial and Psychological Resources, Subjective Well-being in very old age and cognitive impairment
  • 8/2010 - 03/2015  Member of the NAR „Graduate Program Dementia“, Heidelberg University
  • since 11/2011  Research assistant at the Department of Health Psychology and Gender Research,  Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 06/2014 - 11/2015  Research assistant at the Project FUTA
  • since 01/2016 Project leadership "ActiveAge"

Research Interests

  1. Project "ActiveAge"
  2. Bodily activity and subjective aging at the transition to retirement
  3. Project "FUTA"
  4. Older Adults’ Performance in Technology-Based Tasks
  5. Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  6. Psychological Effects of Age Simulation Suits
  7. Promotion of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle (Health Psychology)
  8. Stress and Study Satisfaction (Health Psychology)

Selected Publications (in chronological order)

  • Schmidt, L. & Wahl, H.-W. (in press). Alter und Technik. Karsten Hank, Frank Schulz-Nieswandt, Michael Wagner & Susanne Zank (Hrsg.). Handbuch Alternsforschung. Nomos Verlag, 2017
  • Kessler, E.-M. & Schmidt, L. I. (in press). Rezension zum Instrument H.I.L.DE. - Heidelberger Instrument zur Erfassung der Lebensqualität Demenzkranker, Handbuch neuropsychologischer Testverfahren, Band II, Kapitel „Altern und Demenz“.
  • Schmidt, L. I., Claßen, K., & Wahl, H.-W. (2017). Setting Technology and Mild to Severe Cognitive Impairment in Old Age into Context: Psychological Perspectives. In Kwon, S. (Ed.), Gerotechnology 2.0. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H.-W. (2016). Wie verändert Technik das Alter(n) und die Gerontologie? Angewandte Gerontologie Appliquée, 1, 7-10. doi: 10.1024/2297-5160/a000003
  • Schmidt, L. I. (2015). Technikhandhabung im höheren Alter aus psychologischer Perspektive: Eine quasiexperimentelle Studie zur Rolle von kognitiver Leistungsfähigkeit, Technikeinstellung und Technikerfahrung. Dissertation, Universität Heidelberg.
  • Doh, M., Schmidt, L. I., Herbolsheimer, F., Jokisch, M., & Wahl, H.-W. (2015). Patterns of modern ICT use among “senior technology experts”: The role of demographic variables, subjective beliefs and attitudes. In E. Loos (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction. Los Angeles: Springer.
  • Schmidt, L. I., Wahl, H.-W., & Plischke, H. (2014). Older Adults’ Performance in Technology-Based Tasks: Cognitive Ability and Beyond. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40, 18-24. doi:10.3928/00989134-20140218-02.
  • Schmidt, L. I., Wahl, H.-W., & Plischke, H. (2013). Effects of Cognitive Impairment, Age, and Attitudes on Technology Performance – A Mixed Methods Approach. The Gerontologist, 53, 569. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt151
  • Schmidt, L. I., & Jekel, K. (2013). “Take a Look through My Glasses”: An Experimental Study on the Effects of Age Simulation Suits and their Ability to Enhance Understanding and Empathy. The Gerontologist, 53, 624. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt151
  • Schmidt, L. I., Sieverding, M., Scheiter, F., & Obergfell, J. (2013). Predicting and explaining students’ stress with the Demand–Control Model: does neuroticism also matter? Educational Psychology, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2013.857010.
  • Schmidt, L. I., Wahl, H.-W., & Plischke, H. (2013). Der Einfluss mentaler Leistung auf die Interaktion mit Technik: Spielt leichte kognitive Beeinträchtigung eine Rolle? In VDE/AAL/BMBF (Hrsg.), Ambient Assisted Living 2013. Berlin: VDE-Verlag.
  • Sieverding, M., Schmidt, L. I., Obergfell, J. & Scheiter, F. (2013). Stress und Studienzufriedenheit bei Bachelor- und Diplomstudierenden im Vergleich: Eine Erklärung unter Anwendung des Demand-Control-Modells. Psychologische Rundschau, 64 (2), 94-100.
  • Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H. W. (2012). Technology performance in old age: A question of visuo-spatial abilities and working memory or self-efficacy and technology attitudes? The Gerontologist, 52, 337-338. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns201.
  • Claßen, K., Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H.-W. (2012). Technology and Aging: Potential for European Societies. In C. N. Phellas (Ed.), Aging in European Societies. (pp. 33-46). New York: Springer.
  • Schmidt, L. I., & Wahl, H.-W. (2012). Performance-related factors for devices differing in diffusion. Gerontechnology, 11, 108-109. doi:10.4017/gt.2012.11.02.376.00
  • Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H.-W. (2012). Technikhandhabung im Alter: Der Einfluss von Kognition, Psychologie und Technikerfahrung beim Umgang mit Alltagstechnologien. In VDE/ AAL / BMBF (Hrsg.), Ambient Assisted Living 2012. Berlin: VDE-Verlag.
  • Schmidt, L. I. & Obergfell, J. (2011). Zwangsjacke Bachelor?! Stressempfinden und Gesundheit Studierender. Saarbrücken: VDM.

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