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Dr. Edita Poljac

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg 
Institut für Psychologie 
Abteilung: Allgemeine Psychologie

Engelbergerstraße 41
D-79106 Freiburg

Raum 3012

E-Mail: Edita.Poljac@psychologie.uni-freiburg.de


Research interests

My research interests focus primarily on understanding adaptive human cognition. I am interested in how people guide and control their behaviour in their interaction with rapidly changing environments. In particular, I am interested in the way that our brain organizes itself at a given moment allowing for optimization of future behaviour. I am also very interested in how these abilities are expressed on the individual level and how they develop across life span with a special focus on some patient populations, like in individuals with autism, dyslexia, and Parkinson's Disease.


Curriculum vitae

10/2015 – now               Senior Research Fellow & Scientific Coordinator, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, DE

(Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel)

08/2014 - 10/2015          Research fellow, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognition, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

08/2012 - 08/2014          Assistant Professor, fixed term, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

08/2010 - 08/2012          Postdoc, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

(Prof. Dr. Nick Yeung)

01/2007 - 08/2010          Postdoc & University Teacher, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

(Prof. Dr. Harold Bekkering)

02/2009                          PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL

Dynamics of cognitive control in task switching: Looking beyond the switch cost'

(Prof. Dr. Harold Bekkering)


Publication list


 -in press-

Fintor; E. Poljac, E., Stephan, D. N. & Koch, I. (in press). Modality compatibility biases voluntary choice of response modality in task switching. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-018-1040-5



Hoofs, V., Princen, M. M., Poljac, E., Stolk, A., & Poljac, E. (i2018). Task switching in autism: An EEG study on intentions and actions. Neuropsychologia, 117, 398-407. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.07.008

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(6), 557-583. doi: 10.1037/bul0000144

Poljac, E., Kiesel, A.,  Koch, I., & Müller, H., (2018). New perspectives on human multitasking. Editorial. Psychological Research, 82(1), 1-3. doi.org/10.1007/s0042



Braukmann, R., Bekkering, H., Hidding, M., Poljac, E., Buitelaar, J., & Hunnius, S. (2017). Predictability of action sub-steps modulates motor system activation during the observation of goal-directed actions.Neuropsychologia, 103, 44-53. dio: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.07.009

Bröker, L., Liepelt, R., Poljac, E., Künzell, S., Ewolds, H., de Oliveira, R., & Raab, M. (2017). Multitasking as a choice: A perspective. Psychological Research, 82(1), 12-23. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0938-7

Poljac, E., Haartsen, R., van der Cruijsen, R., Kiesel, A., Poljac, E. (2017). Task intentions and their implementation into actions: Cognitive control from adolescence to middle adulthood. Psychological Research, 82(1), 215-229. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0927-x

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


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. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw033


Poljac, E., & Yeung, N. (2014). Dissociable neural correlates of intention and action preparation in voluntary task switching. Cerebral Cortex, 24(2), 465-478. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs326


Poljac, E., Dahlslätt, K. & Bekkering, H. (2014). Shared predictive decision-making mechanisms in action and language. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(4), 424-434. doi: 10.1080/01690965.2013.791702


- 2013 - 

Millington, R.S., Poljac, E., & Yeung, N. (2013). Between-task competition for intentions and actions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(8), 1504-1516. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2012.746381


Poljac*, E., & Poljac*, E., & Wagemans, J. (2013). Reduced accuracy and sensitivity in the perception of emotional facial expressions in individuals with high autism spectrum traits. Autism, 17(6), 668-680. doi:10.1177/1362361312455703



- 2012 - 

Poljac, E., & Bekkering, H. (2012). A review of intentional and cognitive control in autism. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:436. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00436


Poljac, E., Poljac, E., & Yeung, N. (2012). Cognitive control of intentions for voluntary actions in individuals with a high level of autistic traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(12), 2523-2533. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1509-9



- 2010 - 


Poljac, E., Simon, S., Ringlever, L., Kalcik, D., Groen, W.B., Buitelaar, J.K., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Impaired task switching performance in children with dyslexia but not in children with autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(2), 401-416. doi: 10.1080/17470210902990803



- 2009 - 


Poljac, E. (2009). Dynamics of cognitive control in task switching: Looking beyond the switch cost. Radboud University Nijmegen.


Poljac, E., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Generic cognitive adaptations to task interference in task switching. Acta Psychologica, 132(3), 279-285. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2009.07.012


Poljac, E., & Koch, I., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Dissociating restart cost and mixing cost in task switching. Psychological Research, 73(3), 407-416. doi: 10.1007/s00426-008-0151-9


Poljac, E., van Schie, H. T., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Understanding the flexibility of action-perception coupling. Psychological Research, 73(4), 578-586. doi: 10.1007/s00426-009-0238-y


- 2006 - 


Poljac, E., de Haan, A., & van Galen, G.P. (2006). Current task activation predicts general effects of advance preparation in task switching. Experimental Psychology, 53(4), 260-267. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169.53.4.260

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