Natalie Popov

Doctoral Researcher
Independent Research Group Personality, Identity, and Crime
+49 761 7081-278

Main Focus

Natalie Popov’s research aims to identify the core dispositional tendencies that can account for individual differences in prosocial behavior across various situations. These core tendencies represent a shared, underlying dispositional core of conceptually related personality traits and provide a systematic understanding about which (classes of) traits are related to prosocial behavior in which (classes of) social situations. The project will not only provide a strong theoretical basis for future research on individual differences in prosocial behavior but also advance our knowledge about human prosociality in various ways. This work is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

  • 2022–present: Doctoral researcher, Independent Research Group “Personality, Identity, and Crime”, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Department of Criminology (Supervisor: Isabel Thielmann)
  • 2020–2022: Statistics tutor for multivariate statistics I + II, University of Ulm
  • 2019: Clinical and research intern, Rehabilitation Clinic for Psychosomatics and Neurology, Schlossklinik Bad Buchau
  • 2017–2018: Research assistant, Motor Cognition and Neurorehabilitation, University of Konstanz
  • 2016–2017: Student assistant, Behavioral Economics, University of Konstanz


  • 2019–2022: M.Sc. Psychology (Statistical Methods), University of Ulm (Supervisor: Morten Moshagen)
  • 2011–2017: B.Sc. Psychology (Motor Cognition), University of Konstanz (Supervisor: Jennifer Randerath)


The Core Tendencies Underlying Individual Differences in Prosocial Behavior

Why are some people willing to help others but other people are (rather) not? Why do some people prefer to coop­er­ate with others whereas others are willing to exploit their interaction partners for personal gain? The project “The core tendencies underlying in­di­vid­ual differences in prosocial behavior,”… more

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