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Individual Research Fields - Professors

Subsequently you find a list of the individual research fields of the professors at the Institute of Psychology.


Name (Lab) Research Fields

Martin Arendasy

Diagnostics and

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Admission testing and career counseling
  • Item response theory and structural equation modeling
  • Automatic item generation and rationale construction of psychological tests
  • Sources of measurement bias (e.g. retesting, test coaching, anxiety, motivation, gender, SES etc.)



  • Applied social psychology on cooperation with law sciences: Investigation of energy-efficient behavior
  • Relationship research concerning partner- and ex-partner attitudes
  • Gender stereotypes

Mathias Benedek

(Differential Psychology - Creativity and Innovation)

  • Cognitive and neural process in creative thought
  • Individual differences in creativity, intelligence, and personality
  • Internally-directed cognition

Sabine Bergner

(Work and Organizational Psychology)


Katja Corcoran


  • Social cognition and the self
  • Social/temporal comparison and its influence on self-perception and motivation
  • Goals, goal activation and self-regulation
  • Role models and inspiration

Andreas Fink


  • Neuronal and behavioral correlates of creativity
  • Training of creative thinking
  • Neurocognitive mechanisms of reading and writing
  • Development and construction of psychological tests


Diagnostics and

  • Emotional intelligence / competence
  • Emotion regulation / management
  • Social-emotional processes
  • Development of psychological measures

Roland Grabner


  • Individual differences in mathematical abilities
  • Successful mathematics learning
  • Individual differences in general cognitive abilities (intelligence, creativity)
  • Bilingual learning, immersion teaching
  • Teacher training

Margit Gramer


  • Dispositional and situation-based determinants of cardiovascular reactivity

Eva Hofmann

(Social Psychology)

  • Economic Psychology
  • (Sustainable) Consumer Behavior
  • Cooperative Behavior in the Economic Context
  • Regulation
  • Marketing Research

Anja Ischebeck

and Neuroscience

  • Numerical cognition: arithmetic and processing fractions
  • Language processing: specific semantic categories, such as numbers and proper names
  • Attention and executive functions

Paulino Jiménez

(Work and Organizational Psychology)

  • Job satisfaction and the implementation in organizational diagnostics
  • Stress, strain, resources at the workplace
  • Health promoting leadership conditions
  • The integration of e-tools in workplace health promotion

Ferenc Kemény

(Developmental Psychology)

  • Interaction of language and non-linguistic processes
  • Therole of statistical information in reading development
  • Modality and stimulus dependence in statistical and sequence learning

Silvia E. Kober


  • EEG-, NIRS-, and fMRI-based brain-computer communication and neurofeedback
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Virtual realities/serious games

Christof Körner

and Neuroscience

  • Orienting and acting with/in the visual environment
  • Eye movements and visual search
  • Comprehension of (graphical) visualizations
  • Co-registration of eye movements with EEG and fMRI

Bettina Kubicek

(Work and Organizational Psychology)

  • Resources, stress and strain at the workplace
  • Work intensification
  • Flexible work arrangements and their consequences for employees, management and teams
  • Trust in human-robot interaction

Karin Landerl


  • Typical and atypical development of reading and writing
  • Dyslexia in different orthographies
  • Typical and atypical development of numerical cognition (processing of numbers / arithmetics)
  • Neurocognitive bases of dyslexia and dyscalculia
  • Remedial support for learning disorders

Guilherme Maia de Oliveira Wood


  • Neurofeedback with EEG, NIRS and fMRI signals
  • Brain aging
  • Dysphagia
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Brain stimulation
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation

Aljoscha Neubauer


  • Human aptitude and all its facets (intelligence, creativity, social and emotional competences, practical intelligence) and neurophysiological bases
  • Applied Human Resources Psychology – Personnel Selection, development, leadership, teacher-student selection

Christa Neuper



Manuel Ninaus



Manuela Paechter


  • Instructional design that fosters competences and motivation
  • Emotions in learning and instruction
  • Motivation, goal orientation, and self-assessments in learning and instruction
  • Learning and instruction with digital media

Ilona Papousek


  • Laterality research (functional asymmetries between the left and the right cerebral hemisphere)
  • Emotion regulation, social-emotional processes
  • Humor and laughter research
  • Flexibility in emotional, cognitive, and physiological domains
Roswith Roth
  • The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY)
  • Psychological issues in type1 and typ2 diabetes
  • Ethical issues in health professions
  • Life style, physical and mental health of people in psychosocial professions
  • Psychological women's and gender research

Anne Schienle


  • Affective neuroscience
  • Role of basic emotions (foremost disgust) in the maintenance of mental disorders and neural correlates of psychotherapy
  • Employing neuroscience methodology with a focus on fMRI and EEG

Andreas Schwerdtfeger

(Health Psychology)

  • Psychophysiology of psychosocial resources (self-efficacy, social support, positive affect)
  • Psychophysiology of stress, burnout, anxiety, and coping
  • Psychosocial consequences and antecedences of physical activity
  • Personality, emotion and health
  • Ambulatory assessment / Ecological momentary assessment
Norbert Tanzer
  • Cross-cultural management

Stephan Vogel

(Educational Neuroscience)

  • Numerical Cognition
  • Neurocognitive Development
  • Dyscalculia

Natalia Zaretskaya

(Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience)

  • Visual and cognitive neuroscience
  • Disorders of perception and attention


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