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Cognition, Action, and Sustainability

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In our lab, we are really interested in the relation between cognition and action.

Humans usually interact with their environment according to their goals. But behaviour is not fully determined by the mere goals- rather outer stimulation as well as inner states shape together the actual action.

We aim to identify processes that allow humans to reach their goals despite of interference especially in multitasking contexts.

Thus, we cover the topics of action and cognitive control, self-organization, conflict adjustment, using regularities in the outer world for predictive timing and associative learning. In addition, we are interested in how humans perceive their own actions and the following consequences in terms of sense of agency.

We strive to use this knowledge to better understand human actions in general and in particular regarding environmental behaviour. For example, we investigate measures to foster energy saving and sustainability.

We apply a wide variety of different methods. These include experiments assessing behavioural measures like reaction times, accuracy, subjective ratings, and eye movements as well as EEG activity. Furthermore, we conduct online questionnaire studies.

Embedded in the lab is the research group Time, Interaction, and Self-determination headed by Dr. Roland Thomaschke.



Engelbergerstraße 41 (Hauptgebäude) u. 41c (Hörsaalgebäude)
79106 Freiburg
Tel. +49 (0)761 203-2489, Fax +49 (0)203-2490
e-mail: sekr.allgpsy@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de


Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel: -9164 (Hauptgebäude, 3. OG, Raum 3009)



Angelika Maßler: -2489 (Hauptgebäude, 3. OG, Raum 3008)


Professor i.R.:

Prof. Dr. Hans Spada: -2487 (Hauptgebäude, 3. OG, Raum 3022)




Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., Dreisbach, G., Wenke, D., & Thomaschke, R. (in press). Time-based expectancy in temporally structured task switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Thomaschke, R., Bogon, J., & Dreisbach, G. (in press). Timing affect: Dimension-specific time-based expectancy for affect. Emotion.

Thomaschke, R., Miall, R.C., Ruess, M., Mehta, P.R., & Hopkins, B. (in press). Visuomotor and motorvisual priming with different types of set level congruency: Evidence in support of ideomotor theory, and the Planning and Control Model (PCM). Psychological Research.

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

Rittger, L., Reinmüller, K., & Kiesel, A. (in press). 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.

Dr. Christina Pfeuffer hat einen Psychonomic Society Member Select-Speaker Award erhalten, um ihren Beitrag zum Thema "Working Memory Re-processing in Instruction-based Action Control" auf dem Jahrestreffen der Psychonomic Society 2017 in Vancouver vorzustellen.

Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (in press). Transfer of time-based task expectancy across different timing environments. Psychological Research. Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., Haering, C., Wenke, D., & Kiesel, A. (in press). Intentional binding of two effects. Psychological Research.

Wir begrüßen Elisa Straub, M.A., in unserem Team.

Wir gratulieren Dr. Christina Pfeuffer zur Promotion mit dem Thema "Instruction-based action control"!

Poljac, E., Hoofs, V., Princen, M. M., & Poljac, E. (2017). Understanding behavioural rigidity in autism spectrum conditions: The role of intentional control. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(3), 714-727. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3010-3.

Wir gratulieren Miriam Ruess zum zweiten Preis beim diesjährigen TeaP Poster Award für ihr Poster "Intentional Binding of Two Effects" (in Zusammenarbeit mit Roland Thomaschke, Carola Haering und Andrea Kiesel).

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

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (in press). The time course of intentional binding. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Kiesel, A., & Dignath, D. (2017). Effort in Multitasking: Local and global assessment of effort. Front Psychol, 8, 11.

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.

Wir gratulieren Dr. habil. Roland Thomaschke zur erfolgten Habilitation.

Wir begrüßen PD Dr. Joseph Krummenacher und Sonja Ehret, B.Sc., in unserem Team.

Wir gratulieren Dr. Kristin Reiße zur Promotion mit dem Thema "Subjektive Wahrnehmung und Emotionen in Bezug auf den globalen und regionalen Klimawandel - ein interkultureller Vergleich zwischen Brasilien, China, Deutschland, Indien und den USA"!

Pfeuffer, C. U., Kiesel, A., Huestegge, L. (2016). A look into the future: Spontaneous anticipatory saccades reflect processes of anticipatory action control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(11), 1530-1547. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000224

Janssen, D., Poljac, E., & Bekkering, H. (2016). Binary sensitivity of theta activity for gain and loss when monitoring parametric prediction errors. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(8), 1280-1289. doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsw033

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

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.

Eder, A. B., & Dignath, D. (2016). Asymmetrical effects of posttraining outcome revaluation on outcome-selective Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer in human adults. Learning & Motivation, 54, 12-21.

Eder, A. B., & Dignath, D. (2016). Influence of verbal instructions on effect-based action control. Psychological Research, 80, 1-11.

Siebenhüner, B., Rodela, R., & Ecker, F. (2016). Social learning research in ecological economics: A survey. Environmental Sciences & Policy, 55, 1, 116-126. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.09.010


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