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Current Research Projects

The current funded projects of the department of social psychology are listed below:
(Please contact the project associates for further informations)

GameOpSys – Gamification for Energy Optimization of Buildings and Districts

The central goal is the development of a mobile application that enables the energy optimization and planning of buildings, neighborhoods and higher-level energy systems through the participation of the user and the user as a new source of data and information. The development of the application is strongly transdisciplinary and integrates mathematical methods of simulation and optimization as well as psychological aspects of user behavior in order to develop new business models and open up new markets.

Duration: Jan 2019 – Dec 2020

Funding: FFG – The Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Project leadership: dwh GmbH – Simulation Services and Technical Solutions

Cooperations: Institute of Psychology / Social Psychology (University of Graz), Institute of Software Technology (University of Technology Graz), Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives / Energy Economics Group (Vienna University of Technology)

Associates: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr.phil. Katja Corcoran, Lisa Eckerstorfer, BSc. MSc.

Inspiriational Others - Goal activation by social comparisons

Funding: FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds
Project leadership: Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Dipl.-Psych. Katja Corcoran, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Department: Institut für Psychologie/Sozialpsychologie (KFUG)
Associatives: Hilmar Brohmer, BA. MA. MSc, Lisa Eckerstorfer, BSc. MSc.

Contract Decisions of Consumers between Law and Psychology (CLP): A Behavioral, Psychological, and Neuroscientific Analysis of State Regulation of Consumer Decisions

Funding: Land Steiermark
Project leadership: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. LL.M.(Harvard) Brigitta Lurger (Institut für Zivilrecht, Ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
Cooperations: Institut für Psychologie/Sozialpsychologie (KFUG), Institut für Finanzwissenschaft und öffentliche Wirtschaft (KFUG), Institut für Angewandte Psychologie, Universität Wien
Associatives: ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Ursula Athenstaedt, Dr. Claudia Vogrincic-Haselbacher, Mag. Julian Anslinger und Isabelle Dinslaken, BSc


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr.phil.

Katja Corcoran

Institut für Psychologie

Universitätsplatz 2/DG

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8520

Tuesday, 11-12:30


Dagmar Schmelzer

Universitätsplatz 2/DG

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8549
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9807
Mon, Wed, Thu, 10:00 - 12:00
Tue, 14:00 - 16:00

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