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Prof. Dr. Markus Langer

Leiter der Abteilung Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie

I am conducting research at the interface of psychology and computer science. I integrate theoretical foundations and empirical approaches from work psychology and human factors with insights from the area of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. I work in collaborations with computer scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars because I am convinced that only by integrating interdisciplinary perspective, it is possible to advance our understanding of how to optimize the design of workplaces where humans and artificial systems collaborate. I thus also try to publish not just in psychological journals but also in computer science and in interdisciplinary outlets. I am eager to contribute to a more interdisciplinary research landscape.

For recent publications see my Google Scholar

For a recent talk on AI in Psychotherapy see YouTube


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My research interests:

  • AI-based decision support
  • Explainable AI
  • Human Oversight of AI-based systems
  • Human-centered work design in human-computer interaction

Current research projects

  • Project A6: Contextualized Actionable Explications - a project as part of the Sonderforschungsbereich "Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems" funded by the DFG
  • Explainable Intelligent Systems EIS funded by the VolkswagenStiftung
  • Opthalmo AI - funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF


  • 2024 Young Investigator Award (Applied) of the International Union of Psychological Science
  • 2023 Innovation Award of the Fachgruppe Arbeits, Organisations- und Wirtschaftspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie
  • 2023 Teaching award for the best seminar in psychology at the Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • 2022 and 2020 advisor of the best Master thesis in psychology at the Universität des Saarlandes
  • 2019 Dr. Eduard Marting Award for the best dissertation at the Faculty of Empirical Human Sciences and Economics of the Universität des Saarlandes
  • 2018 and 2017 advisor of the best Bachelor thesis in psychology at the Universität des Saarlandes

3 most recent Publications

  • Speith, T., Crook, B., Mann, S., Schomäcker, A., & Langer, M. (in press). Conceptualizing understanding in Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI): An abilities-based approach. Ethics and Information Technology.
  • Ulfert, A. S., Le Blanc, P., Vincente, G. R., Grote, G., & Langer, M. (2024). Are we ahead of the trend or just following? The role of Work and Organizational Psychology in shaping emerging technologies at work. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2024.2324934
  • Kares, F., König, C. J., & Langer, M. (2024). Generative KI in der Wissenschaft: Ein Seminar zur Stärkung der KI-Kompetenzen von Studierenden. Psychologische Rundschau.


Important Publications (selection)

  •  Sterz, S., Baum, K., Biewer, S., Hermanns, H., Meinel, P., Lauber-Rönsberg, A., & Langer, M. (2024). On the quest for effectiveness in human oversight: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Proceedings of the FAccT Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. doi:10.1145/3630106.3659051
  • Langer, M., Hunsicker, T., Feldkamp, T, König, C. J., & Grgić-Hlača, N. (2022). Look! It's a computer program! It's an algorithm! It's AI!": Does terminology affect human perceptions and evaluations of intelligent systems? Proceedings of the CHI22 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
  • Langer, M., König, C. J., Siegel, R., Fredenhagen, T., Schunck, A. G., Hähne, V., & Baur, T. (2022). Vocal stress diary: A longitudinal investigation of the association of everyday work stressors and human voice features. Psychological Science, 33(7), 1027-1039.
  • Langer, M., & Landers, R. N. (2021). Artificial intelligence at work: A review on effects of decision automation and augmentation on people targeted by algorithms, and third-party observers. Computers in Human Behavior, 123, 106878.
  • Langer, M., König, C. J., & Busch, V. (2021). Changing the means of managerial work: Effects of automated decision-support systems on personnel selection tasks. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36(5), 751-769.
  • Langer, M., Oster, D., Speith, T, Hermanns, H., Kästner, L., Schmidt, E., Sesing, A., & Baum, K. (2021) [shared first-authorship with Daniel Oster and Timo Speith]. What do we want from Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)? A stakeholder perspective on XAI and a conceptual model guiding interdisciplinary XAI research. Artificial Intelligence, 296, 103473. doi:10.1016/j.artint.2021.103473

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Institut für Psychologie
Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie
Engelbergerstr. 41
D-79085 Freiburg

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