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My main research interests concern interrelations of Language, Culture, and Cognition as well as (the development of/teaching of) Intercultural Competence.

Or, simply put, I have always been intrigued by the question:
How do our cultural and linguistic experiences influence the way we perceive, interpret, and interact with the world?
And how can answers to this question aid us
in improving (cross-cultural and interdisciplinary) communication and cooperation?

Past and current research projects:

Teaching competences in the European Higher Education Area 

with a focus on student-centered teaching and learning and the student perspective


(Teaching/Learning) Intercultural Competence

  • development, evaluation and comparison of different class formats/contents
  • generalization/transfer of acquired skills and knowledge


Spatial Language and Spatial Cognition

  • in different countries (e.g., USA, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Canada)
  • in bilinguals (Mandarin Chinese - German)
  • in frontal versus dorsal referencing situations
  • potential explanations for observed diversity
    - language vs. country
    - object characteristics (e.g. in/animacy of objects)
    - observer characteristics (e.g. field of study)
    - different measures to assess spatial referencing

The Foreign Language Effect (Keysar et al. , 2012)
on biases in information processing and decision making

  • environmental values and behavior intentions
  • postdecisional information search
  • information evaluation
  • framing effects (cf. choosing vs. rejecting, Shafir, 1993)  


If you'd like to learn more about my research, please feel free to contact me: lisa.huether(at)psychologie.uni-freiburg.de

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