Cognitive Psychology

Welcome to the Department of General Psychology

Research assistants

Hannah Griesel-Przyklenk

Felix Kiunke

Amira More

Lizzie Meyl

Larissa Röth

New BMBF project launched

Subproject on Common Ground in "Promoting subject-specific and generic competencies flexibly and individually through sociotechnical design of systems of hypbrid intelligence" (duration 2022-2025; PI: Ralf Rummer; collaborator: Anita Körner).

Teaching content

The Department of General Psychology represents the subjects General Psychology I, General Psychology II, Bio- and Neuropsychology and parts of Psychological Methodology in the teaching of the BSc program Psychology. Furthermore, the Department of General Psychology is responsible for the implementation of the empirical practical courses.

In the Master's program in Psychology, we offer courses in Cognitive Psychology; in the Master's program in Clinical Psychology, we also offer a lecture on Neuropsychological Disorders and Interventions.

Information on theses can be found here .

Research focus

The research interests of the Department of General Psychology include areas of basic cognitive psychology as well as those of applied cognitive psychology.

Our current activities in the area of basic research in cognitive psych ology relate to the following topics or questions:

  • How are the sound or articulation of (art) words and their meaning related?
  • The role of visuo-spatial working memory in the processing of written language.
  • The role of semantic, phonological and syntactic information in short-term retention of sentences

In the area of applied cognitive psychology, we are primarily concerned with the interface between memory psychology, learning, and instructional psychology. Currently, we are focusing on the following topics:

  • Does the testing effect also apply to long-term retention of complex learning content?
  • Open-book vs. closed-book testing in university teaching
  • Positive and negative effects of perceptual disfluency in learning with texts
  • Influences of text modality on learning with multimedia
  • Moderators of the seductive details effect in learning with multimedia
  • The interpretation of pointing gestures and eye movements in learning with multimedia