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Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel

Foto Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Psychologie
Allgemeine Psychologie / Cognition, Action, and Sustainability

Engelbergerstraße 41
D-79085 Freiburg

Raum 3009
Tel. 0761 203 9164
Fax 0761 203 2490

E-Mail: Andrea.Kiesel@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de


Research interests

Multiple cognitive task requirements (SPP 1772)

Statistical Modeling in Psychology

Unconscious cognition

Action control

Perception of time in the context of action

A systematic breakdown of stimulus-response associations



Kiesel, A, & Spada, H. (Ed.). (2018). Lehrbuch Allgemeine Psychologie. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Kiesel, A., & Koch, I. (2011). Lernen. Grundlagen der Lernpsychologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.



*in press*

Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (in press). Humans derive task expectancies from sub-second and supra-second interval durations. Psychological Research.

Dignath, D., Herbort, O., Pieczykolan, A., Huestegge, L., & Kiesel, A. (in press). Flexible coupling of covert spatial attention and motor planning based on learned spatial contingencies. Psychological Research.

Dignath, D., Wirth, R., Kühnhausen, J., Gawrilow, C., Kunde, W., & Kiesel, A. (in press). Motivation drives conflict adaptation. Motivation Science.

Frings, C., Koch, I., Rothermund, K., Dignath, D., Giesen, C., Hommel, B., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Mayr, S., Moeller, B., Möller, M., Pfister, R. & Philipp, A. (in press). Merkmalsintegration und Abruf als wichtige Prozesse der Handlungssteuerung – eine Paradigmen-übergreifende Perspektive. Psychologische Rundschau.

Longman, C.S., Kiesel, A., & Verbruggen, F. (in press). Learning in the absence of overt practice: A novel (previously unseen) stimulus can trigger retrieval of an unpracticed response. Psychological Research.

Moutsopoulou, K., Pfeuffer, C., Kiesel, A., Yang, Q., & Waszak, F. (in press). How long is long-term priming? Classification and action priming in the scale of days. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Pfeuffer, C. U., Pfister, R., Foerster, A., Stecher, F., & Kiesel, A. (in press). Binding Lies: Flexible retrieval of honest and dishonest behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Zhang, J., Kiesel, A., & Dignath, D. (in press). Affective Influence on Context-Specific Proportion Congruent (CSPC) Effect: Neutral or Affective Facial Expressions as Context Stimuli. Experimental Psychology.



Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., Dreisbach, G., Wenke, D., & Thomaschke, R. (2018). Time-based Expectancy in Temporally Structured Task Switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,44, 856-870.

Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2018). Transfer of time-based task expectancy across different timing environments. Psychological Research, 82, 230-243.

Koch, I., Poljac, E., Müller, H., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Cognitive structure, flexibility, and plasticity in human multitasking - An integrative review of dual-task and task-switching research. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 557-583.

Mittelstädt, V., Dignath, D., Schmidt-Ott, M., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Exploring the Repetition Bias in Voluntary Task Switching. Psychological Research, 82, 78-91.

Mittelstädt, V., Miller, J., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Trading off switch costs and stimulus availability benefits: An investigation of voluntary task switching behavior in a predictable dynamic multitasking environment. Memory & Cognition, 46, 699-715.

Pfeuffer, C.U., Hosp, T., Kimmig, E., Moutsopoulou, K., Waszak, F., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Defining stimulus representation in stimulus-response associations formed on the basis of task execution and verbal codes. Psychological Research, 82, 744–758.

Pfeuffer, C.U., Moutsopoulou, K., Waszak, F., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Multiple Priming Instances Increase the Impact of Practice-based but not Verbal Code-based Stimulus-Response Associations. Acta Psychologica, 184, 100-109.

Poljac, E., Haartsen, R., van der Cruijsen, R., Kiesel, A., Poljac, E. (2018). Task intentions and their implementation into actions: Cognitive control from adolescence to middle adulthood. Psychological Research, 82, 215-229. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0927-x

Poljac, E., Kiesel, A., Koch, I., & Müller, H. (2018). New perspectives on human multitasking. Psychological Research, 82, 1-3.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., Haering, C., Wenke, D., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Intentional binding of two effects. Psychological Research, 82, 1102-1112.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Intentional binding of visual effects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80,713–722.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2018). The time course of intentional binding for late effects. Timing & Time Perception, 6, 54 – 70.



Bröker, L., Kiesel, A., Aufschnaiter, S., Ewolds, H.E., Gaschler, R., Haider, H., Künzell, S., Raab, M., Röttger, E., Thomaschke, R., & Zhao, F. (2017). Why prediction matters in multitasking and how predictability can improve it. Frontiers in Psychology, Section Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 8:2021. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02021

Kiesel, A., & Dignath, D. (2017). Effort in Multitasking: Local and global assessment of effort. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:111.

Pfeuffer, C.U., Moutsopoulou, K., Pfister, R., Waszak, F., & Kiesel, A. (2017). The Power of Words: On item-specific stimulus-response associations formed in the absence of action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 328-347.

Rittger, L., Reinmüller, K., & Kiesel, A. (2017). Measuring information demand of a dynamic in-vehicle display while driving – a study evaluating the MARS (Masking Action Relevant Stimuli) method. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 51. 14-23.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2017). The time course of intentional binding. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 1123–1131.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2017). Intentional binding of visual effects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2017).  Earlier Effects Are More Often Perceived as Own Action Effects. Timing & Time Perception.



Bermeitinger, C., Kaup, B., Kiesel, A., Koch, I., Kunde, W., Müsseler, J., Oberfeld-Twistel, D., Strobach, T. & Ulrich, R. (2016). Positionspapier zur Lage der Allgemeinen Psychologie. Psychologische Rundschau, 67, 175-205.

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2016). Time perception and the experience of agency. Psychological Research, 80, 286-297.

Naujoks, F., Kiesel, A., & Neukum, A. (2016). Cooperative warning systems: The impact of false and unnecessary alarms on drivers' compliance. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 97, 162-175

Pfeuffer, C.U., Kiesel, A., & Huestegge, L. (2016). Vision of the Future: Action outcome prediction is embedded in anticipatory eye-movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 1530-1547.

Thomaschke, R., Hoffmann, J., Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2016). Time-based expectancy for task relevant stimulus features. Timing & Time Perception, 4, 248-270.



Dignath, D., Kiesel, A., & Eder, A.B. (2015). Flexible Conflict Management: Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Adjustment in Reactive Cognitive Control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 975-988. BivalentStimuli.wmv UnivalentStimuli.wmv

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2015). Was it me when it happened too early? Experience of delayed effects shapes sense of agency. Cognition, 136, 38-42.

Reuss, H., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2015). Adjustments of response speed and accuracy to unconscious cues. Cognition, 134, 57-62.

Reuss, H., Kiesel, A., Pohl, C., & Kunde, W. (2015). Instructed illiteracy reveals expertise-effects on unconscious processing. Frontiers in Psychology, section Cognition, 6: 239. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00239.

Rittger, L., Schmidt, G., Maag, C., & Kiesel, A. (2015). Driving behaviour at traffic light intersections. Cognition Technology & Work, 17, 593-605.


Dignath, D., Pfister, R., Eder, A. B., Kiesel, A. & Kunde, W. (2014). Representing the hyphen in action-effect associations: Automatic acquisition and bi-directional retrieval of action-effect intervals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 1701-1712.

Dignath, D., Pfister, R., Eder, A.B., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2014). Something in the way she moves - Movement trajectories reveal dynamics of self- control. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 809-816.

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2014). Intentional binding is independent of the validity of the action effect's identity. Acta Psychologica, 152, 109-119.

Pfister, R.*, Melcher, T.*, Kiesel, A., Dechent, P., & Gruber, O. (2014). Neural correlates of ideomotor effect anticipations. Neuroscience, 259, 164-171. doi: 10.10167/j.neuroscience.2013.11.061 (* = equal author contribution)

Pohl, C., Kunde, W., Ganz, T., Conzelmann, A., Pauli, P. & Kiesel, A. (2014). Action Video Gaming is associated with enhanced processing of masked stimuli. Frontiers in Cognition, 5:70. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00070

Reuss, H., Desender, K., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2014). Unconscious conflicts in unconscious contexts: The role of awareness and timing in flexible conflict adaptation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1701-1718.

Rittger, L., Kiesel, A., Schmidt, G., & Maag, C. (2014). Masking Action Relevant Stimuli in Dynamic Environments - The MARS Method. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 27, 150-173.

Rittger, L., Muehlbacher, D., Maag, C., & Kiesel, A. (2014). Anger and bother experience when driving with a traffic light assistant: A multi-driver simulator study. In D. de Waard, J. Sauer, S. Röttger, A. Kluge, D. Manzey, C. Weikert, A. Toffetti, R. Wiczorek, K. Brookhuis, and H. Hoonhout (Eds.) (2015). Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter 2014 Annual Conference. ISSN 2333-4959 (online). Available from hfeseurope.org

Wendt, M., Kiesel, A., Geringswald, F., Purmann, S., & Fischer, R. (2014). Attentional adjustment to conflict strength: Evidence from the effects of manipulating flanker-target SOA on response times and prestimulus pupil size. Experimental Psychology, 61, 55-67.



Waszak. F., Pfister, R., & Kiesel, A. (2013). Top-down v. bottom-up: When instructions overcome automatic retrieval. Psychological Research, 77, 611-617.

Fischer, R., Plessow, F., & Kiesel, A. (2013). The effects of alerting signals in masked priming. Frontiers in Cognition. 4:448.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00448

Wendt, M., Luna-Rodriguez, A., Kiesel, A., & Jacobsen, T. (2013). Conflict adjustment devoid of perceptual selection. Acta Psychologica, 144, 31-39.

Wendt, M., Kiesel, A., Mathew, H., Luna-Rodriguez, A., & Jacobsen, T. (2013). Irrelevant stimulus processing when switching between tasks. Journal of Psychology/Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 221, 41-50.



Fischer, R., Plessow, F. & Kiesel, A. (2012). The effects of Alerting Signals in Action Control: Activation of S-R Association or Inhibition of Executive Control Processes? Psychological Research, 76, 317-328.

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Time in action contexts: learning when an action effect occurs. Psychological Research, 76(3), 336-344. doi:10.1007/s00426-011-0341-8

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Mine is earlier than yours: Causal beliefs influence the perceived time of action effects. Frontiers in Cognition, 3. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.201200393

Kunde,W., Reuss, H., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Consciousness and Cognitive Control. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8, 9-18.

Nolden, S., Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Assessing Intentional Binding with the Method of Constant Stimuli. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1176-1185.

Pfister, R., Pohl, C., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2012) Your unconscious knows your name. PLoS One, 7(3), e32402.

Pfister, R., Heinemann, A., Kiesel, A., Thomaschke, R., Janczyk, M. (2012). Do endogenous and exogenous action control compete for perception? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 279-284.

Plessow, F., Kiesel, A., & Kirschbaum, C. (2012). The Stressed Prefontal Cortex and Goal-Directed Behaviour: Acute Psychosocial Stress Impairs the Flexible Implementation of Task Goals. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 397-408.

Reuss, H., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Wühr, P. (2012). A cue from the unconscoius - masked symbols prompt spatial anticipation. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:397.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00397.

Strobach, T., Liepelt, R., Schubert, T., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Task switching: Effects of practice on switch and mixing costs. Psychological Research, 76, 74-83.



Bilalic, M., Kiesel, A., Pohl, C., Erb, M., & Grodd, W. (2011). It Takes Two - Skilled Recognition of Objects Engages Lateral Areas in Both Hemispheres. PLoS ONE, 6, 1-11.

Fischer, R., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Schubert, T. (2011). Selective impairment of masked priming in dual-task performance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 572-595.

Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Learning at any rate: Action-effect learning for stimulus-based actions. Psychological Research, 75(1), 61-65.

Plessow, F., Kiesel, A., Petzold A., & Kirschbaum, C. (2011). Chronic Sleep Curtailment Impairs the Flexible Implementation of Task Goals in New Parents. Journal of Sleep Research, 20, 279-287.

Reuss, H., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Hommel, B. (2011). Unconscious activation of task sets. Consciousness & Cognition, 20, 556-567.

Reuss, H., Pohl, C., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2011). Follow the sign! Top-down contingent attentional capture of masked arrow cues. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 7, 82-91.

Steinhauser, M., & Kiesel, A. (2011). Performance monitoring and the causal attribution of errors. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 309-320.

Thomaschke, R., Wagener, A., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). The scope and precision of specific temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73, 953-964.

Thomaschke, R., Wagener, A., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). The specificity of temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 2289-2300.

Thomaschke, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Response specific temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 7, 2309-2322.

Wendt M., & Kiesel A. (2011). Conflict adaptation in time: Foreperiods as contextual cues for attentional adjustment. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18, 910-916.

*2010 and earlier*

Fischer, R., Plessow, F., & Kiesel, A. (2010). Auditory warning signals affect mechanisms of response selection: Evidence from a Simon task. Experimental Psychology, 57, 89-97.

Fischer, R., Plessow, F., Kunde, W., & Kiesel, A. (2010). Trial-to-trial modulations of the Simon effect in conditions of attentional limitations: Evidence from dual-tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 1576-1594.

Heinemann, A., Kiesel, A., Pohl, C., & Kunde, W. (2010). Masked Response Priming In Expert Typists. Consciousness an Cognition, 19, 399-407.

Kiesel, A., Steinhauser, M., Wendt, M., Falkenstein, M., Jost, K., Phillip, A., & Koch, I. (2010). Control and interference in task switching - A review. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 849-874.

Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Melcher, T. (2010). Adaptive control of ideomotor effect anticipations. Acta Psychologica, 135, 316-322.

Pohl, C., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Hoffmann, J. (2010). Early and late selection in unconscious information processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 268-285.

Vierck, E., & Kiesel, A. (2010). Congruency effects between number magnitude and response force. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 204-209.

Heinemann, A., Kunde, W., & Kiesel, A. (2009). Context-Specific Prime-Congruency Effects: On the role of conscious stimulus representations for cognitive control. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 966-976.

Kiesel A. (2009). Unbewusste Wahrnehmung: Handlungsdeterminierende Reizerwartungen bestimmen die Wirksamkeit subliminaler Reize. Psychologische Rundschau, 60, 215-228.

Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Pohl, C., Berner, M.P., & Hoffmann, J. (2009). Playing chess unconsciously. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 292-298.

Kiesel, A., & Vierck, E. (2009). SNARC-like congruency based on number magnitude and response duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35, 275-279. (shared first authorship).

Lohmann, J., Herbort, O., Wagener, A., & Kiesel, A. (2009). Anticipation of Time Spans: New Data from the Foreperiod Paradigm and the Adaptation of a Computational Model. In G. Pezzulo, M. V. Butz, O. Sigaud, & G. Baldassarre (Eds.), ABiALS 2008 (pp. 170-187). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Elsner, K., Kunde, W., & Kiesel, A. (2008). Limited transfer of subliminal response priming to novel stimulus orientations and identities. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 657-671.

Kiesel, A., Berner, M. P., & Kunde, W. (2008). Negative congruency effects: A test of the inhibition account. Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 1-21.

Kiesel, A., Miller, J., Jolicoeur, P., & Brisson, B. (2008). Measurement of ERP latency differences: A comparison of single-participant and jackknife-based scoring methods. Psychophysiology, 45, 250-274.

Vierck, E., & Kiesel, A. (2008). Change detection: Evidence for information accumulation in flicker paradigms. Acta Psychologica, 127, 309-323.

Wendt, M., & Kiesel, A. (2008). The impact of stimulus-specific practice and task instructions on response congruency effects between tasks. Psychological Research, 72, 425-432.

Hoffmann , J., Berner, M., Butz, M. V., Herbort, O., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Lenhard, A. (2007). Explorations of anticipatory behavioral control (ABC): a report from the cognitive psychology unit of the University of Würzburg. Cognitive Processing, 8, 133-142.

Hoffmann, J., Butz, M.V., Herbort, O., Kiesel, A., & Lenhard, A. (2007). Spekulationen zur Struktur ideo-motorischer Beziehungen. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 14, 95-103.

Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Hoffmann, J. (2007). Mechanisms of subliminal response priming. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 3, 307-315.

Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Hoffmann, J. (2007). Unconscious priming according to multiple S-R rules. Cognition, 104, 89-105.

Kiesel, A., & Miller, J. (2007). Impact of contingency manipulations on accessory stimulus effects. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 1117-1125.

Kiesel, A., Miller, J., & Ulrich, R. (2007). Systematic biases and Type I error accumulation in tests of the race model inequality. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 539-551.

Kiesel, A., Wendt, M., & Peters, A. (2007). Task Switching: On the origins of response congruency effects. Psychological Research, 71, 117-125.

Kunde, W., Elsner, K., & Kiesel, A. (2007). No anticipation - no action. The role of anticipation in action and perception. Cognitive Processing, 8, 71-78.

Kunde, W., Landgraf, F., Paelecke, M., & Kiesel, A. (2007). Dorsal and ventral processing under dual-task conditions. Psychological Science, 18, 100-104

Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Hoffmann, J. (2006). Evidence for task-specific resolution of response conflict. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13, 800-806.

Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Pohl, C., & Hoffmann, J. (2006). Priming from novel masked stimuli depends on target set size. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 2, 37-45.

Kiesel, A., Wagener, A., Kunde, W., Hoffmann, J., Fallgatter, A. J., & Stöcker, C. (2006). Unconscious manipulation of free choice in humans. Consciousness & Cognition, 15, 397-408.

Kunde, W., & Kiesel, A. (2006). See what you've done! Active touch affects the number of perceived visual objects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 304-309.

Kunde, W., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2005). On the masking and disclosure of unconscious elaborate processing: A reply to Van Opstal, Reynvoet, & Verguts. Cognition, 97, 99-105.

Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2004). Variable action effects: Response control by context-specific effect anticipations. Psychological Research, 68, 155-162.

Hoffmann, J., Kiesel, A., & Sebald, A. (2003). Task switches under Go/NoGo conditions and the decomposition of switch costs. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 15, 101-128.

Kunde, W., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2003). Conscious control over the content of unconscious cognition. Cognition, 88, 223-242.


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