Research topics

The main focus of the research group is the different aspects of the psychology of competition. One main investigation aims at revealing the relationship between competitiveness and coping with winning and losing with mental and somatic health.  Another major line of research investigates the  cultural differences of competition. Research on citizenship examines the determinants and educational implications of youth social activism in an international cultural comparative study.

Cultural comparative studies extend beyond the topic of competition: they examine the effect of physical appearance and clothing on workplace competition and promotion, the cultural determination of self-construals and the cultural differences in the experience of happiness.

Another research area of the group is related to talented/gifted people. At the meeting point of talent and competition research, the group studies what kind of role contests and competition have in the life of talented people and what kind of psychological components are needed for high achievement.

In the context of gifted studies the most important topics are: elaboration of online techniques to examine ability and ability development, developing 21st century tools to help gifted people with exceptional needs, introducing new technologies for the inclusion of special needs students, particularly in learning foreign languages. A cultural comparative study investigates the concept, identification and treatment of ADHD.


Current and recent grants

2020-2024 Patterns of Competitive Behaviour in Development in a Developmental and Socio-cultural Approach: Interactions Between the Individual and Society. (NKFIH- OTKA-K 135963) Project leader: Márta Fülöp

2016-2019 Youth Activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces. Leverhulme Foundation. Anglia.

2015-2019 The individual, situational and sociocultural determinants of psychologically and somatically healthy competition. OTKA (K-111 789) Projektvezető: Fülöp Márta

2014-2017 ISCH COST Action IS1210 2014-2017Appearance Matters: Tackling the Physical and Psychosocial Consequences of Dissatisfaction with Appearance

2013-2016 Öregedés a versengő társadalomban: a kockázatvállalást kísérő pszichofiziológiai folyamatok (Aging in a Competitive Society: Psychophysiological Correlates of Risk taking), OTKA (K 104332) (National Research Fund). Projekt leader: Márk Molnár



Office of Education, TalentGate (TehetségKapu),  Talent Case (TehetségTár)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics Group of Automation
University of Debrecen Institute of Psychology
Mensa HunagrIQa
Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Freie Universitet, Berlin, Germany
English-At-Work, Dresden, Germany
University of Duisburg, Essen, Germany
Synscenter Refsnæs, Hillerod , Denmart
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
University of York, United Kingdom
University of Maryland, USA
Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto, Canada
University of South Australia, Australia
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nanyang Institute of Technology, Singapore
University of Birmingham, UK
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA


Márta Fülöp