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New Grant from the German Research Foundation (04/2018)
Jun.-Prof. Meike Kroneisen has received a 3-year grant from the German Research Foundation. In research on the survival processing effect, ultimate explanations have dominated the scientific arena so far. According to these explanations humans easily remember information previously evaluated with respect to its survival relevance because this memorial skill facilitates adaptive behaviors that help them survive. The project entitled “Experimental examination of proximate explanations underlying the survival processing effect in episodic memory” aims to investigate the episodic memory processes underlying the effect to provide a deeper theoretical understanding of the survival processing effect.
The dark core of personality: D
A paper co-authored by our lab member Prof. Benjamin Hilbig has recently been accepted for publication in the prestigious journal Psychological Review. It develops a unifying, comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding dark personality in terms of a fluid, general dispositional tendency: the Dark Factor of Personality, or simply D. The Cognitive Psychology Lab congratulates Benjamin on this achievement. A preprint of the paper can be downloaded here.
Ph.D. Scholarships at the Research Training Group "Statistical Modeling in Psychology" (03/2018)
The Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” (SMiP) funded by the German Research Foundation, is seeking to hire PhD students. SMiP is a transregional collaboration of researchers from Freiburg, Heidelberg, Landau, Mannheim, and Tübingen, working to overcome the gap between substantive research in basic and applied fields of psychology and latest developments in statistical modeling and psychometrics. For more information and application procedures, please visit smip.uni-mannheim.de. The closing date for applications is April 30th 2018.
Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (09/2017)
Dr. Isabel Thielmann has received a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation for a half-year research stay at the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab headed by Prof. Daniel Balliet. The project entitled “Personality traits and prosocial behavior in economic games: A meta-analysis” aims to provide a comprehensive, meta-analytic summary of evidence relating personality traits to prosocial behaviors in economic games. Overall, the objective of the project thus is to foster an enhanced understanding of different types of prosocial behavior, to bring forth personality theory in the prosocial domain, and to set a stage for future research on human prosociality. The Cognitive Psychology Lab congratulates Isabel on this achievement!
Teaching awards for Cognition Lab (07/2017)
We are honored to announce that, for the third year running, our lab has received awards for excellent teaching. This time around, all three lectures held by our team members in the past year - "Motivation & Emotion" by Meike Kroneisen and “Learning & memory” as well as "Thinking & language" by Benjamin Hilbig - were awarded. Our thanks go to the students for their positive assessments and feedback. We will, of course, continue to strive for excellence in teaching.
Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” (05/2017)
The German Research Foundation has funded the Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology”, a transregional collaboration of researchers from Freiburg, Heidelberg, Landau, Mannheim, and Tübingen. The group aims to overcome the gap between substantive research in basic and applied fields of psychology and latest developments in statistical modeling and psychometrics. For more information, please visit http://smip.uni-mannheim.de.
New Grant from the German Research Foundation (03/2017)
Prof. Benjamin Hilbig and Dr. Isabel Thielmann have received a 2-year grant from the German Research Foundation. The project entitled “Bringing angels and demons down to earth: Real-life generality and mechanisms of the link between personality and ethical behavior” continues an earlier grant from the German Research Foundation to B. Hilbig and I. Zettler. It aims at providing a thorough understanding of the boundary conditions and mechanisms of personality factors driving unethical behavior. Thus, the project bridges different lines of research on basic personality traits (specifically the HEXACO model) and behavioral ethics.
New edition of "Allgemeine Psychologie" (01/2017)
A brand-new edition of the most comprehensive German textbook on all areas of cognitive/experimental psychology has just been published. We are particularly thrilled to report that it includes a whole new chapter on judgment and decision making that is co-authored by our lab member Benjamin Hilbig. For more information on the book please visit the publisher's homepage.
Information on teaching updated (08/2016)
We have updated all information on courses taught, exam regulations, and Hiwi-Jobs and internships. Please visit our teaching page.
Teaching awards for Cognition Lab members (07/2016)
We are proud to announce that our team members Isabel Thielmann and Benjamin Hilbig have received awards for excellent teaching in the academic year 2015/2016. Isabel received the award for her lab class (Empirisches Praktikum) on personality judgments. Benjamin received the award for his lecture “Learing & memory” (Allgemeine Psychologie I – Lernen, Gedächtnis und Wissen). Our thanks go to the students for their positive assessment and feedback. And congratulations to Isabel and Benjamin!
Ph. D. for Isabel Thielmann (12/2015)
Recently, our team member Isabel Thielmann successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim. In her publication-based thesis entitled “Trust from a Trait Perspective: A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Test” Isabel investigates the personality determinants underlying trust and trustworthy behavior, particularly focusing on the HEXACO model of personality and the Honesty-Humility factor. The Cognitive Psychology Lab congratulates Isabel and is thrilled that she will stay on board as a post-doctoral researcher.
Castellan Award for Felix Henninger (12/2015)
We are proud to announce that our colleague Felix Henninger, together with Pascal Kieslich from the University of Mannheim, has been awarded the Castellan Award for Best Student Paper for the working paper "A Flexible, Cross-Plattform, Open Framework for Interactive Experiments" at the annual meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) in Chicago.
Their paper introduces a general mechanism for implementing interactive studies, that is, any form of study in which participants’ experiences depend not only on their own responses, but also on those of other participants who complete the same study in parallel. The software thus especially serves the rapidly growing field of strategic interaction research within psychology and behavioral economics.
The novel contribution is that Pascal and Felix integrate the interactive component into general-purpose experimental software that is used in, for example, cognitive psychology. This gives researchers heretofore unknown flexibility in constructing studies, especially with regard to combinations of methods from the respective fields.
We have been using the package continuously in our research for several years, and are happy that it is now available to fellow researchers as open-source software. Please find downloads, source code, and further documentation at https://github.com/psynteract/.
Welcome to Our New Team Members! (10/2015)
The Cognitive Psychology Lab is happy to announce Meike Kroneisen, Jens Bender, and Mathias Twardawski as new team members. Meike received her Ph.D. at the University of Mannheim where she was recently a post-doctoral researcher. She is joining us as an Assistant Professor for Experimental Psychology. Her primary research focus is on human memory, with particular emphasis on whether our memory is adaptive or not. Jens - who is also a member of the Institute for Communication and Media Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau - has joined our ranks as a teaching assistant and researcher in the area of moral behavior and motivated information processing. Mathias recently completed his Master's degree in Social and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Mannheim. This winter semester he joins the Graduate School “Learning and Teaching Processes” - and our lab - as a Ph.D. student.
Welcome to our lab, Meike, Jens, and Mathias!
Reproducibility of Psychological Science (09/2015)
Over the last 4 years, the Open Science Collaboration has conducted a large-scale project to assess the reproducibility of psychological findings, using a sample of articles from major journals. The Cognitive Psychology Lab is proud to say that our team member, Felix Henninger, has been a part of this collaboration, and is a co-author of the report now published in the journal Science.
Reproducibility is a core feature of science — any claims should be independently verifiable and validated. In practice, however, this step is rarely taken, and accordingly it is unknown how many studies could be reproduced. To estimate the extent of reproducibility in current psychological science, the Open Science Collaboration, a group of 270 researchers worldwide, led by Brian Nosek and the Center for Open Science, has completed high-quality, fully transparent, direct replications of 100 studies from three major psychological journals. Of the studies so performed, the authors judged 39 to be very similar to the original results. Overall, effect sizes were reduced by half, as compared to the initial reports.
The now-published report concludes that „[t]he present results suggest that there is room to improve reproducibility in psychology. Any temptation to interpret these results as a defeat for psychology, or science more generally, must contend with the fact that this project demonstrates science behaving as it should.“ It has received extensive press coverage, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Spiegel Online, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Deutschlandfunk.
New Grant from the German Research Foundation (06/2015)
Prof. Benjamin Hilbig and Isabel Thielmann have received a 3-year grant from the German Research Foundation. The project entitled “Antagonistic personality trait patterns and cooperative behavior: A multi-component approach” aims at providing a thorough understanding of the nuances of (non-)cooperative behavior in different antagonistic trait patterns (i.e., antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and paranoid personality patterns). Thus, the project links different lines of research on basic personality traits (specifically the HEXACO model), cooperation, and personality accentuations/disorders.
Cognition Research Panel launched (05/2015)
The Cognitive Psychology Lab has launched a new research panel which will enable all who are intersted in participating in studies and experiments (both via the Internet and in the lab) to register and receive corresponding invitations. The studies and experiments are usually interesting and provide monetary incentives (or, at least, course credit). Registration in the panel is completely free, there is no obligation to participate in any studies/experiments, and registration can be revoced at any time. Sign up now be part of the Cognitive Psychology Lab research panel.
Cognitive Psychology Lab launched (10/2014)
On October 1st, 2014, the new Cognitive Psychology Lab - headed by Prof. Benjamin Hilbig - was launched at the University of Koblenz-Landau as part of the Psychology Department on Landau Campus. In our research, we are concerned with all aspects of human cognition with a special emphasis on judgment and decision making, learning, and formal modeling. In addition, we are interested in aspects of cognition relating to social behavior as well as individual differences and personality. In the B.Sc. and M.Sc. psychology programs of the Department of Psychology at Landau Campus we primarily teach cognitive and experimental psychology as well as motivation, learning, and emotion.