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Prof. Dr. Roland Thomaschke

Head of Research Group Time, Interaction, Self-determination


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Psychologie
Engelbergerstraße 41c
D-79085 Freiburg
Abteilung: Allgemeine Psychologie

Raum: HS 1005a

Tel. 0049 (0)761 203 98673


Research Interests

The majority of my work concerns timing, interaction, and self-determination. On the one hand, I am developing and testing basic cognitive models to understand how time processing in cognition and motivation builds the basis of autonomous self-determined behavior. On the other hand, I approach the same topics from an applied perspective: systematically exploring the applicability of my theoretical models to practical contexts, ranging from scheduling of data transmission capacities over self-management techniques to architecture and museology.

Most of my research is third party funded and carried out in interdisciplinary collaborations. My methodologies are primarily psychological (mainly experimental, with behavioral, physiological, qualitative and mixed measures), but are, in a number of collaborations, also blended with methods from other disciplines (e.g., pharmacology, psychiatry, developmental science, ergonomics, social science, ethnology).

For more information, go to the webpage of my research group Time, Interaction, and Self-determination.



Aeschbach, V.M.J., Schipperges, H., Braun, M.A., Ehret, S., Ruess, M., Sahintürk, Z.,& Thomaschke, R. (in press). Less is more: The effect of visiting duration on the perceived restorativeness of museums. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Kunchulia, M., & Thomaschke, R. (in press). Is self-related cognition resistant to time-based expectancy? Timing & Time Perception.

Pritzen, A., Aeschbach, V.M., Ehret, S.,& Thomaschke, R. (2024). Feel the atmosphere: A qualitative study on spatial experiences in contemporary Muße architecture. The Journal of Urban Design, 29, 122-141.

Bogon, J., Köllnberger, K., Thomaschke, R.,& Pfister, R. (2023). Binding and retrieval of temporal action features: Probing the precision level of feature representations in action planning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 49, 989-998.

Halbhuber, D., Thomaschke, R., Henze, N., Wolff, C., Probst, K.,& Bogon, J. (2023). Play with my expectations: Players implicitly anticipate game events based on in-game time-event correlations. MUM '23: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, 386–397.

Inga, J., Ruess, M., Robens, J.H., Nelius,T., Rothfuß, S., Kille, S., Dahlinger, P., Lindenmann, A., Thomaschke, R., Neumann, G., Matthiesen, S., Hohmann, S.,& Kiesel, A. (2023). Human-machine symbiosis: A multivariate perspective for physically coupled human-machine systems. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 170, 102926.

Özoğlu, E.,& Thomaschke, R. (2023). Post-interval potentials in temporal judgements. Experimental Brain Research, 241, 917-926.

Thomaschke, R. (2023). Choosing temporal freedom? How to investigate choice preference along an anisotropic dimension. Mensch und Computer 2023 - Workshopband. DOI: 10.18420/muc2023-mci-ws05-444. GI. MCI-WS05: Time and Timing in Human-Computer Interaction. Rapperswil. 3.-6. September 2023

Aeschbach, V.M.J., Ehret, S., Post, J., Ruess, M.,& Thomaschke, R. (2022). The effect of waiting environment and perceived atmosphere on temporal experience. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 18, 132-143.

Aufschnaiter, S., Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Kiesel, A.,& Thomaschke, R. (2022). Investigating time-based expectancy beyond binary timing scenarios: Evidence from a paradigm employing three predictive pre-target intervals. Psychological Research, 86, 2007-2020.

Kunchulia, M., Parkosadze, K., Lomidze, N, Tatishvili, T.,& Thomaschke, R. (2022). Children with developmental dyslexia show an increased variable foreperiod effect. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 34, 563-574.

Monno, I., Aufschnaiter, S., Ehret, S., Kiesel, A., Poljac, E.,& Thomaschke, R. (2022). Time-based task expectancy: Perceptual task indicator expectancy or expectancy of postperceptual task components? Psychological Research, 86, 1665-1682.

Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). Time-based transition expectancy in task switching: Do we need to know the task to switch to? Journal of Cognition, 4, 1-14.

Ehret, S., Schroder, C., Bernet, J., Holzmüller, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). All or nothing: The interaction of musical and spatial atmosphere. Psychology of Music, 49, 513-528.

Ehret, S., Trukenbrod, A.K., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). Dynamics of temporal experience in active and passive waiting situations. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35, 900-908.

Fröber, K., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). In the dark cube: Movie theater context enhances the valuation and aesthetic experience of watching films. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 15, 528-544.

Kunchulia, M.,Melishvili, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). How does positive mood modulate time-based event expectancy? Cognitive Processing, 22, 333-338.

Kunchulia, M., Parkosadze, K., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). School-age children can form time-based event expectancy for context-atypical foreperiods. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 33, 24-37.

Özoğlu, E., & Thomaschke, R. (2021). Early posterior negativity indicates time dilation by arousal. Experimental Brain Research, 239, 533-543.

Reuter, L., Fenn, J., Bilo, T., Schulz, M., Weyland, A., Kiesel, A.,& Thomaschke, R. (2021). Leisure Walks Modulate the Cognitive and Affective Representation of the Corona Pandemic: Employing Cognitive-Affective Maps (CAMs) within a Randomized Experimental Design. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 13, 952-967.

Aufschnaiter, S., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Humans derive task expectancies from sub-second and supra-second interval durations. Psychological Research, 84, 1333-1345.

Ehret, S., Roth, S., Zimmermann, S. U., Selter, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Feeling time in nature: The influence of directed and undirected attention on time awareness. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34, 737-746.

Ehret, S., Trukenbrod, A. K., Gralla, V., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). A grounded theory on the relation of time awareness and perceived valence. Timing & Time Perception, 8, 316-340.

Hölle, D.,  Aufschnaiter, S., Bogon, J.,  Pfeuffer, C., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Quality ratings of wine bottles in E-commerce: The influence of time delays and spatial arrangement. Journal of Wine Research, 31, 152-170.

Kunchulia, M., Tatishvili, T., Parkosadze, K., Lomidze, N., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder show increased sensitivity to time-based predictability. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 66, 204-213.

Özoğlu, E., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Knowing your heart reduces emotion-induced time dilation. Timing & Time Perception, 8, 299-315.

Pfeuffer, C.U., Aufschnaiter, S., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2020). Only time will tell the Future: Anticipatory saccades reveal the temporal dynamics of time-based location and task expectancy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46, 1183-1200.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2020). Acting and reacting: Is intentional binding due to causation or to temporal expectancy? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46, 1-9.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2020). Intentional binding for unintended effects. Timing & Time Perception, 8, 314-349.

Trukenbrod, A.K., Backhaus, N., & Thomaschke, R. (2020). Measuring subjectively experienced time in usability and user experience testing scenarios. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 138, 102399.

Kunchulia, M., Parkosadze, K., & Thomaschke, R. (2019). Age-related differences in time-based event expectancies. Timing & Time Perception, 7, 71-85.

Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Schneider, L., Thomaschke, R., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (2019). Sequence knowledge on When and What supports dual-tasking. Journal of Cognition, 2, 1-4.

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.

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

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.

Thomaschke, R., Bogon, J., & Dreisbach, G. (2018). Timing affect: Dimension-specific time-based expectancy for affect. Emotion, 18, 646-669.

Thomaschke, R., Miall, R.C., Ruess, M., Mehta, P.R., & Hopkins, B. (2018). 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, 82, 1073-1090.

Bogon, J., Thomaschke, R., & Dreisbach, G. (2017). Binding time: Evidence for integration of temporal stimulus features. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 1290-1296.

Broeker, 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, 8, 2021.

Kunchulia, M., Tatishvili, T., Lomidze, N., Parkosadze, K., & Thomaschke, R. (2017). Time-based event expectancies in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 235, 2877.

Ruess, M., Thomaschke, R., & Kiesel, A. (2017). Earlier effects are more often perceived as one's own action effects. Timing & Time Perception, 5, 228-243.

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

Volberg, G., & Thomaschke. R. (2017). Time-based expectations entail preparatory motor activity. Cortex, 92, 261-270.

Kunchulia, M., & Thomaschke, R. (2016). Effects of alcohol intake on time-based event expectations. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 937-944.

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

Thomaschke, R., & Dreisbach, G. (2015). The time-event correlation effect is due to temporal expectancy, not to partial transition costs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 196-218.

Thomaschke, R., Kunchulia, M., & Dreisbach, G. (2015). Time-based event expectations employ relative, not absolute, representations of time. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 890-895.

Thomaschke, R., & Haering, C. (2014). Predictivity of system delays shortens human response time. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 72, 358-365.

Thomaschke, R., & Dreisbach, G. (2013). Temporal predictability facilitates action, not perception. Psychological Science, 24, 1335-1340.

Weber, F., Haering, C., & Thomaschke, R. (2013). Improving the human computer dialogue with increased temporal predictability. Human Factors, 55, 881-892.

Thomaschke, R. (2012). Investigating ideomotor cognition with motorvisual priming paradigms: Key findings, methodological challenges, and future directions. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 519.

Thomaschke, R., Hopkins, B., & Miall, R.C. (2012). The Planning and Control Model (PCM) of motorvisual priming: Reconciling motorvisual impairment and facilitation effects. Psychological Review, 119, 388-407.

Thomaschke, R., Hopkins, B., & Miall, R.C. (2012). The role of cue-response mapping in motorvisual impairment and facilitation: Evidence for different roles of action planning and action control in motorvisual dual-task priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 336-349.

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.

Thomaschke, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Response specific temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 2309-2322.

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, & Psychophysics, 73, 953-964.

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

Butz, M.V., Thomaschke, R., Linhardt, M.J., & Herbort, O. (2010). Remapping motion across modalities: Tactile rotations influence visual motion judgments. Experimental Brain Research, 207, 1-11.

Vogt, S., & Thomaschke, R. (2007). From visuo-motor interactions to imitation learning: Behavioural and brain imaging studies. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25, 497-517.

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