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David Dignath

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Psychologie
Engelbergerstraße 41
D-79085 Freiburg
Abteilung: Allgemeine Psychologie
R 3014
E-Mail: David.Dignath@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de


Since 2015                   post-doc researcher, University Freiburg
                                          (Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel)
2014-2015                     post-doc researcher, University Würzburg
                                          (Prof. Dr. Fritz Strack)
2014                              PhD, „Conflict management“, University Würzburg
                                          Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Eder
2011                                Diploma in Psychology, University Würzburg

Research interests


goal-directed actions
Performance monitoring
Cognitive control
Affect and motivation



*in press*

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

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.

Schwarz, K. A., Burger, S., Dignath, D., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (in press). Action-effect binding and agency. Consciousness and Cognition.

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.

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.

Schuch, S., Dignath, D., Steinhauser, M., & Janczyk, M. (in press). Monitoring and control in multitasking. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Schröder, P.A., Dignath, D., & Janczyk, M. (in press). Individual differences in uncertainty tolerance are not associated with cognitive control functions in the flanker task. Experimental Psychology.


Künzell, S., Bröker, L., Dignath,D.,  Ewolds, H., Raab, M., & Thomaschke, R. (2018). What is a task? An ideomotor perspective. Psychological Research, 82 (1), 4-11.

Dignath, D., & Lotze-Hermes, Farmer, H., & Pfister, R. (2018). Contingency and contiguity of imitative behaviour affect social affiliation. Psychological Research, 82 (4), 819-831.
Foerster, A., Pfister, R., Schmidts, C.,  Dignath, D., Wirth, R., & Kunde, W. (2018).  Focused cognitive control in dishonesty: evidence for predominantly transient conflict adaptation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(4), 578-602.

Mittelstädt, V., Dignath, D., Schmidt-Ott, M., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Exploring the Repetition Bias in Voluntary Task Switching. Psychological Research, 82(1), 78-91.


Dignath, D., & Janczyk, M. (2017). Anticipation of delayed action-effect: Learning when an effect occurs, without knowing what this effect will be. Psychological Research 81 (5), 1072–1083.

Pfister, R.*, Weller, L.*, Dignath, D., & Kunde, W. (2017). What or when? The impact of anticipated social action effects is driven by action-effect compatibility, not delay. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 79 (7), 2132–2142. (* = shared first authorship)

Eder, A., B., Dignath, D., Erle, T., & Wiemer, J. (2017). Shocking action: Facilitative effects of punishing electric shocks on action control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(8), 1204-1215. 

Dignath, D., & Janczyk, M., & Eder, A.B. (2017) Phasic valence and arousal do not influence post-conflict adjustments in the Simon task. Acta Psychologica, 174, 31-39.

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


Wirth, R.*, Dignath, D.*, Pfister, R., Kunde, W., & Eder, A. B. (2016). Attracted by rewards: Disentangling the motivational influence of rewarding and punishing targets and distractors. Motivation Science, 2(3), 143-156.(* = shared first authorship)

Eder, A. B., Pfister, R., Dignath, D., & Hommel, B. (2016). Anticipatory affect during action preparation: Evidence from backward compatibility in dual-task performance.Cognition and Emotion, 1-14.
Eder, A. B., & Dignath, D. (2016). Influence of verbal instructions on effect-based action control. Psychological Research,  81(2), 355-365.
Eder, A.B. & Dignath, D. (2016). Cue-elicited food seeking is eliminated with aversive outcomes following outcome devaluation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 69(3), 574-588.
Dignath, D., & Eder, A.B. (2015). Stimulus Conflict Triggers Behavioral Avoidance. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.15(4), 822-836.
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(4), 975-988.
supplementary material:
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Dignath, D., Pfister, R., Eder, A. B., Kiesel, A. & Kunde, W. (2014) Representing the hyphen in bi-directional action-effect associations: Automatic integration of time intervals into cognitive action structures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 40(6), 1701-1712.
Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., Wirth, R., Dignath, D. & Kunde, W. (2014) Thinking with portals: Revisiting kinematic cues to intention. Cognition, 133(2), 464-473.
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(3), 809-816.
Eder, A. B., & Dignath, D. (2014). I like to get nothing: Implicit and explicit evaluation of avoided negative outcomes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 40, 55-62.
Foerster, A., Pfister, R., Schmidt, C., Dignath, D. & Kunde, W. (2013). Honesty saves time (and justifications). Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 4, 473.
Dignath, D. & Eder, A. B. (2013). Recall of observed actions modulates the end-state comfort effect just like recall of one's own actions. Experimental Brain Research, 231(1), 75-83.
Pfister, R., Dignath, D., Hommel, B., & Kunde, W. (2013). It takes two to imitate: Anticipation and imitation in social interaction. Psychological Science, 24. 2117-2121.
Eder, A. B., & Dignath, D. (2013). Messung von Verhaltenstendenzen der Annäherung und Vermeidung: Eine praktische Anleitung [Measurement of approach and avoidance tendences: A manual]. In C. Bermeitinger (Ed.), Paradigmen der Kognitiven Psychologie: Affektive Reize II (pp. 217-237). Berlin: Uni-Edition


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