NEWS - Cognitive Psychology

April 7, 2017

There may be no end-state comfort effect without an adequate task representation. Find out more in our new article.

Mathew, H., Kunde, W. & Herbort, O. (2017). Inverting the planning gradient - Adjustment of grasps to late segments of multi-step object manipulations. Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1397-1409. doi:10.1007/s00221-017-4892-9

April 3, 2017

A paper by Markus Janczyk, Juliane Büschelberger & Oliver Herbort has been published: Janczyk, M., Büschelberger, J., & Herbort, O. (2017). Larger between-task crosstalk in children than in adults: Behavioral results from the backward-crosstalk paradigm and a diffusion model analysis. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 155, 95-112. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.201611.007

We welcome Mareike Brych as a new team member.

March 28, 2017

Katharina has received the Selected Poster Award 2017 at the TeaP conference. Congratulations! 

January 12, 2017

You are feeling responsible for the outcomes of your actions - but what does your brain think? Read more about the dissociation of agency judgements and sensory attenuation in:

Weller, L., Schwarz, K.A., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (2017). Was it me? - Filling the interval between action and effects increases agency but not sensory attenuation. Biological Psychology, 123, 241-249. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.12.015

January 2, 2017

We welcome Liyu Cao and Supriya Murali as our new team members.

December 13, 2016

The end-state comfort effect is more a result of habit than of planning:

Herbort, O., Mathew, H. & Kunde, W. (2017). Habit outweighs planning in grasp selection for object manipulation. Cognitive Psychology. 92, 127-140. pdf.  doi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2016.11.008

November 22, 2016

Testosterone and oxytocin modulate attention towards infant faces. Read more in a new article co-authored by Katharina in cooperation with the human biology lab at the University of Hamburg:

Holtfrerich, S. K. C., Schwarz, K. A., Sprenger, C., Reimers, L., & Diekhof, E. K. (2016). Endogenous testosterone and exogenous oxytocin modulate attentional processing of infant faces. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e0166617. pdf  doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0166617

November 18, 2016

Fresh EEG results document that stimulus-response translation is quite challenging when deliberatly violating a rule:

Pfister, R., Wirth, R., Schwarz, K. A., Foerster, A., Steinhauser, M., & Kunde, W. (2016). The electrophysiological signature of deliberate rule violations. Psychophysiology, 53, 1870-1877. pdf. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12771

September 14, 2016

Lilli is born! Congratulations to Julia and Olli.

September 12, 2016

Interested in styling the output of statistical tests in R? then schoRsch is the package for you!

Pfister, R., & Janczyk, M. (2016). schoRsch: An R package for analyzing and reporting factorial experiments. Tutorials in Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 12(2), 147-151. pdf. doi: 1020982/tqmp12.2.p147

August 30, 2016

Expectations can influence perception and behaviour in many ways. Listen to Katharina talking about expectancy effects with Stephan Karkowsky on Radio 1, Die Profis, and with Ralf Caspary on SWR2, Impuls. (German)


August 1, 2016

Behavioral responses are rapidly associated with concurrent stimulation and following events alike. Read more in the following papers:

Moeller, B., Frings, C., & Pfister, R. (2016). The structure of distractor-response bindings. Conditions for configural and elemental integration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(4), 464-479. pdf. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000158

Moeller, B., Pfister, R., Kunde, W., & Frings, C. (2016). A common mechanism behind distractor-response and response-effect binding? Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(4), 1074-86. pdf.  doi: 10.3758/s13414-016-1063-1

Children who perform well in one motor task may show very different performance for slightly different variants of the same task:

Wunsch, K., Pfister, R., Henning, A., Aschersleben, G., & Weigelt, M. (2016). No interrelation of motor planning and executive functions across young ages. Frontiers in Cognition, 7, 1031. pdf.
doi: 10.1007/s00426-016-0780-3

July 22, 2016

A nice feature about Barbara Händel and her new project has been published here:

July 8, 2016

Anna Förster has been awarded aPhD-stipend by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Congratulations!

June 2, 2016

Roland received the Research Award 2016 of the Faculty of Human Sciences. Congratulations!

May 24, 2016

"Please forgive me for citing many longer parts from U[eberwassers ]'s writing [...]; this is because I hold this book so dear, because it is becoming so rare, and I would so like to keep these treasureable parts from becoming forgotten [...]." (Biunde, 1832, p.301)

A recent rediscovery of Ferndinand Ueberwasser's writings suggests that the foundation of psychology as an independent discipline was about to happen 100 years before Wilhelm Wundt would found the discipline's first official laboratory. Read more about this in:

Schwarz, K.A., & Pfister, R. (2016). Scientific psychology in the 18th century: A historical rediscovery. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(3), 399-407. pdf.

May 18, 2016

Roland has been awarded the Heinz-Heckhausen young scientist price of the DGPs. Congratulations!

May 17, 2016

Explicit expectations have a profound impact on behavior and perception. A new review by Katharina, Roland, and Christian Büchel looks for similarities and differences in various expectancy effects.

Schwarz, K.A., Pfister, R., & Büchel C. (2016). Rethinking explicit expectations: Connecting placebos, social cognition, and contextual perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(6), 469-480. pdf.

January 28, 2016

Self-produced events are illusorily attracted to the agent's body, as shown in this recent publication:

Kirsch, W., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2016). Spatial action-effect binding. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(1), 133-142. pdf. doi: 10.3758/s13414-015-0997-z

Overcoming response conflict doesn't help to deal with affective distraction, but the reverse direction works just fine:

Wirth, R., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2016). Asymmetric transfer effects between cognitive and affective task disturbances. Cognition and Emotion, 30(3), 399-416.  pdf. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1009002

January 11, 2016

Other people just don't understand your pointing gestures? Don't despair, consider reading the following paper: Herbort, O. & Kunde, W. (2016). Spatial (mis-)interpretation of pointing gestures to distal referents. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(1), 78-89. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000126

November 30, 2015

The initial set of mouse-tracking experiments on deliberate rule violations has finally seen the light of day!

Pfister, R., Wirth, R., Schwarz, K. A., Steinhauser, M., & Kunde, W. (2016). Burdens of non-conformity: Motor execution reveals cognitive conflict during deliberate rule violations. Cognition,  147, 93-99. pdf doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.11.009

August 10, 2015

A paper by Robert Wirth, Roland Pfister, Anna Förster, Lynn Huestegge and Wilfried Kunde has been published: Wirth, R., Pfister, R., Foerster, A., Huestegge, L., & Kunde, W. (2015). Pushing the rules: Effects and aftereffects of deliberate rule violations. Psychological Research, (ahead of print), 1-15pdf.  doi: 10.1007/s00426-015-0690-9

May 22, 2015

A paper by Oliver Herbort is paginated: Herbort, O. (2015). Too much anticipation? Large anticipatory adjustments of grasping movements to minimal object manipulations. Human Movement Science 42, 100-116. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2015.05.002

February 16, 2015

Starting from March 1, 2015, Andrea Kiesel assumes the position of a Professor at the University of Freiburg. Congratulations and good luck!

January 19, 2015

A paper co-authored by Oliver Herbort in cooperation with Anna Belardinelli and Martin Butz (University of Tübingen) is printed: Belardinelli, A., Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2015). Goal-oriented gaze strategies afforded by object interaction. Vision Research 106, 47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2014.11.003

January 5, 2015

A new paper by Anna Foerster in cooperation with Rob Gray and Rouwen Canal-Bruland has just been published: Foerster, A., Gray, R., & Canal-Bruland, R. (2015). Size estimates remain stable in the face of differences in performance outcome variability in an aiming task. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 47-52. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.004 pdf.

November 30, 2014

Raya Karolina is born! Congratulations to Katha and Roland.

September 28, 2014

Starting from October 1, Markus Janczyk assumes the position of a Juniorprofessor at the University of Tübingen. Congratulations and good luck!

September 25, 2014

Two articles have currently been printed by David Dignath, Roland Pfister, Andreas Eder, Andrea Kiesel and Wilfried Kunde:

Dignath, D., Pfister, R., Eder, A.B., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2014). Something in the way she moves - Movement trajectories reveal dynamics of self- control. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 809-816. pdf.

by Carola Häring and Andrea Kiesel:

Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2014). Intentional binding is independent of the validity of the action effect's identity. Acta Psychologica, 152, 109-119. pdf.

September 18, 2014

A new article by Anna, Roland and Wilfried examines the electrophysiology of lies and dishonesty:

Pfister, R., Foerster, A., & Kunde, W. (2014). Pants on fire: The electrophysiological signature of telling a lie. Social Neuroscience, 9(6), 562-572. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.934392

August 25, 2014

There is some science behind interdimensional portals and coloured cake:

Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., Wirth, R., Dignath, D., & Kunde W. (2014). Thinking with portals: Revisiting kinematic cues to intention. Cognition, 133(2), 464-473. doi: 10.1016/j.cogniton.2014.07.012

August 14, 2014

What's in a Grasp? Find out in a recent American Scientist article by David Rosenbaum, Oliver Herbort, Robrecht van der Wel and Dan Weiss: Rosenbaum, D. A., Herbort, O., van der Wel, R., & Weiss, D. J. (2014). What's in a grasp? American Scientist 102(5), 366-377. doi: 10.1511/2014.110.366

August 12, 2014

A new study by Roland Pfister has been published: Pfister, R., Obhi, S., Rieger, M., & Wenke, D. (2014). Action and perception in social contexts: Intentional binding for social action effects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 667. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00667

July 21, 2014

A paper by Markus Janczyk, Susanne Augst and Wilfried Kunde has been printed: Janczyk, M., Augst, S., & Kunde, W. (2014). The locus of the emotional Stroop effect. A study with the PRP paradigm. Acta Psychologica. 151, 8-15. pdf.

July 4, 2014

Oliver Herbort has completed his habilitation, and he has received the corresponding official certification from the dean of the faculty.


June 6, 2014

A paper by Markus Janczyk and Wilfried Kunde has been printed:

Janczyk, M. & Kunde, W. (2014). The role of effect grouping in free-choice response selection. Acta Psychologica, 150, 49-54. pdf.

May 27, 2014

A new article by Roland Pfister and Wilfried Kunde has just been printed:

Pfister, R., Dolk, T., Prinz, W., & Kunde, W. (2014). Joint Response-Effekt Compatibility. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21(3), 817-822. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0528-7 pdf.

May 21, 2014

Roland Pfister has been accepted as a candidate for habilitation.


May 20, 2014

A new paper by Roland Pfister, Christina Pfeuffer, and Wilfried Kunde is going to appear in Cognition:

Pfister, R., Pfeuffer, C.U. & Kunde, W. (2014). Perceiving by proxy: Effect-based action control with unperceivable effects. Cognition, 132(3), 251-261. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.04.012. pdf.

March 31, 2014

The applicaton for a priority program by Andrea Kiesel, Iring Koch and Hermann Müller has been accepted. Congratulations! See here:

March 27, 2014

Roland Pfister has been awarded a price for his PhD-thesis (Gemeinsamer Promotionspreis der Unterfränkischen Gedenkjahrstifutung und der Universität Würzburg). Congratulations!

March 5, 2014

Following paper by Oliver Herbort, Martin Butz and Wilfried Kunde is printed now: The Contribution of Cognitive, Kinematic, and Dynamic Factors to Anticipatory Grasp Selection. Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3849-5

February 28, 2014

A paper by Roland Pfister, Markus Janczyk, and Wilfried Kunde is printed:

Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., Gressmann, M., Fournier, L. R., & Kunde, W. (2014). Good vibrations? Vibrotactile self-stimulation reveals anticipation of body-related action effects in motor control. Experimental Brain Research, 232(3), 847-854. doi: 10.1007/s00221-013-3796-6. pdf.

February 5, 2014

A paper by Wilfried Kunde, Andrea Kiesel and Carsten Pohl has been printed:

Pohl, C., Kunde, W., Ganz, T., Conzelmann, A., Pauli, P. & Kiesel, A. (2014). Action Video Gaming is associated with enhanced processing of masked stimuli. Frontiers in Cognition, 5:70. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00070. pdf.

January 29, 2014

A new paper by Oliver Herbort and David Rosenbaum has been printed now:

Herbort, O., & Rosenbaum, D.A. (2014). What is chosen first, the hand used for reaching or the target that is reached? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 21(1), 170-177. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0488-y

January 27, 2014

Moritz Herbort is born! Congratulations to Oli and Julia.

January 27, 2014

A new paper by Andrea Kiesel has been printed now:

Wendt, M.*, Kiesel, A.*, Geringswald, F., Purmann, S., & Fischer, R. (2014). Attentional adjustment to conflict strength: Evidence from the effects of manipulating flanker-target SOA on response times and prestimulus pupil size. Experimental Psychology, 61, 55-67. pdf.

January 24, 2014

A new paper by Elisabeth Königstein, Wladimir Kirsch and Wilfried Kunde is published now: Kirsch, W., Königstein, E., & Kunde, W. (2014). Action feedback affects the perception of action-related objects beyond actual action success. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology. 5:17. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00017

January 21, 2014

A paper by Markus on spatial perspective taking has been printed:

Janczyk, M. (2013). Level-2 perspective taking entails two processes: Evidence from PRP experiments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 1878-1887.

January 3, 2014

A new paper by Roland Pfister and Andrea Kiesel has just been printed:

Pfister, R.*, Melcher, T.* Kiesel, A., Dechent, P., & Gruber, O. (2014). Neural correlates of ideomotor effect anticipations. Neuroscience, 259, 164-171. doi: 10.10167/j.neuroscience.2013.11.061 (* = equal author contribution)" pdf.

December 11, 2013

A paper by Florian Weber, Carola Häring and Roland Thomaschke is available now: Weber, F., Haering, C., & Thomaschke, R. (2013). Improving the human computer dialogue with increased temporal predictability. Human Factors 55, 881-892. doi:10.1177/0018720813475812. pdf.

October 28, 2013

Three new papers are published now:

Kirsch, W. & Kunde, W. (2013). Visual near space is scaled to parameters of current action plans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 39. 1313-1325.

Kozlik, J., Neumann, R., & Kunde, W. (2013). ABC versus QWERTZ: Interference from mismatching sequences of letters in the alphabet and on the PC-keyboard. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39. 1085-1099.

Pfister, R., Dignath, D., Hommel, B., & Kunde, W. (2013). It takes two to imitate: Anticipation and imitation in social interaction. Psychological Science, 24. 2117-2121. pdf.

October 17, 2013

A paper on Garner-Interference in Human-Computer Interaction by Markus, Roland and Wilfried has been published: Janczyk, M., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2013). Mice move smoothly: Irrelevant object variation affects perception, but not computer-mouse actions. Experimental Brain Research, 231, 97-106. pdf. 

October 2, 2013

A paper by Alexander, Roland and Markus is printed: Heinemann, A., Pfister, R., & Janczyk, M. (2013). Manipulating number generation: Loud + long = large? Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 1332-1339. pdf.

A paper by Roland Pfister and Markus Janczyk together with Katharina Schwarz, Rick Dale and Jonathan Freeman is printed: Pfister, R., Schwarz, K.A., Janczyk, M., Dale, R., & Freeman, J. (2013). Good things peak in pairs: A note on the bimodality coefficient. Frontiers in Psychology - Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 4, 700. pdf.

September 16, 2013

Following paper by Oliver Herbort is printed now: Optimal versus heuristic planning of object manipulations: A review and a computational model of the continuous end-state comfort effect. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 291-301. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2013.01.003

August 21, 2013

A paper by Johannes Lohmann, Oliver Herbort and Martin V. Butz is available now: Lohmann, J., Herbort, O., & Butz, M.V. (2013). Modeling the temporal dynamics of visual working memory. Cognitive Systems Research, 24, 80-86. 10.1016/j.cogsys.2012.12.009

July 31, 2013

Roland Pfister has finished his PhD. Congratulations!

July 23, 2013

A new article has just been published:

Foerster, A., Pfister, R., Schmidt, C., Dignath, D. & Kunde, W. (2013). Honesty saves time (and justifications). Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 4, 473. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00473 pdf.

July 18, 2013

A paper by Rico Fischer, Franziska Plessow and Andrea Kiesel is available now: Fischer, R., Plessow, F., & Kiesel, A. (2013). The effects of alerting signals in masked priming. Frontiers in Cognition. 4:448. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00448. pdf.

June 6, 2013

A paper by Mike Wendt, Aquiles Luna-Rodriguez, Andrea Kiesel and Thomas Jacobsen is printed:

Wendt, M., Luna-Rodriguez, A., Kiesel, A., & Jacobsen, T. (2013). Conflict adjustment devoid of perceptual selection. Acta Psychologica, 144, 31-39. pdf.

May 31, 2013

Anna Förster has been awarded a poster prize at this year's "Psychologie und Gehirn". Congratulations!

Winning poster: Foerster, A., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2013). "Pants on fire: The electrophysiological signature of telling a lie."

May 29, 2013

Prof. Dr. Lynn Huestegge leitet ab 1. April die Abteilung Methodenlehre am Lehrstuhl III.

Herzlich willkommen! Hier eine kurze Vorstellung:


April 04, 2013


Janczyk, M., & Pfister, R. (2013). Inferenzstatistik verstehen. Von A wie Signifikanztest bis Z wie Konfidenzintervall. [Understanding inferential statistics. From A as in significance test to Z as in confidence interval]. Heidelberg: Springer.

Click here for the book's homepage at Springer.

March 04, 2013

Vincent Julian is born. Congratulations to Carola and Mondrian Häring.

February 27, 2013

A paper by Mike Wendt, Andrea Kiesel, Hanna Mathew, Aquiles Luna-Rodriguez and Thomas Jacobsen is printed: Wendt, M.*, Kiesel, A.*, Mathew, H., Luna-Rodriguez, A., & Jocobsen, T. (2013). Irrelevant stimulus processing when switching between tasks. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 221, 41-50 (*shared first authorship) The paper contains data of Hanna's bachelor thesis - Congratulations to her!

February 13, 2013

Heiko Reuß has finished his PhD. Congratulations!

February 04, 2013

Two brand-new papers have just gone in print: Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2013). Dissecting the response in response-effect compatibility. Experimental Brain Research, 224(4), 647-655. DOI: 0.1007/s00221-012-3343-x. pdf.

Melcher, T., Winter, D., Hommel, B., Pfister, R., Dechent, P., & Gruber, O. (2013) The neural substrate of the ideomotor principle revisited: Evidence for asymmetries in action-effect learning. Neuroscience, 231, 13-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.11.035. pdf.

January 23, 2013

The German Research Council (DFG) has awarded Dr. Oliver Herbort a grant for three years. Congratulations.

October 29, 2012

The German Research Council (DFG) has awarded Dr. Markus Janczyk a grant for two years. Congratulations.

October 24, 2012

Wir trauern um Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Krüger, der am 24.10.2012 viel zu früh verstorben ist. Wir werden ihm ein ehrendes Andenken bewahren. Die Kolleginnen und Kollegen, die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls III für Psychologie.

October 17, 2012

The page numbers for an article of Carola and Andrea are fixed now: Nolden, S., Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Assessing Intentional Binding with the Method of Constant Stimuli. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1176-1185. pdf.

October 15, 2012

A paper by Heiko Reuss, Andrea Kiesel, Wilfried Kunde and Peter Wühr is printed: Reuss, H., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Wühr, P. (2012). A cue from the unconscious - masked symbols prompt spatial anticipation. Frontiers in Psychology,  3:397.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00397 pdf.

October 10, 2012

A paper by Waldemar Kirsch and E. Hennighausen is now printed: Kirsch, W. & Hennighausen, E. (2012). Electrophysiological indicators of visuomotor planning: delay-dependent changes. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 115(1), 69-89. link

October 8, 2012

A paper by Andrea Kiesel and Carola Häring is now printed: Haering, C., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Mine is earlier than yours: Causal beliefs influence the perceived time of action effects. Frontiers in Cognition, 3. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.201200393 pdf.

August 2, 2012

A Journal of Experimental Psychology: General paper by Markus, Roland, Mike Crognale (Reno, USA) and Wilfried is printed: Janczyk, M., Pfister, R., Crognale, M., & Kunde, W. (2012). Effective rotations: Action-effects determine the interplay of mental and manual rotations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 489-501. pdf.

A brief history paper by Roland, Katharina Schwarz and Markus has been printed in Cortex: Pfister, R. Schwarz, K.A., & Janczyk, M. (2012). Ubi irritatio, ibi affluxus: A 19th century perspective on haemodynamic brain activity. Cortex, 48, 1061-1063.

July 5, 2012

The page numbers of this JEP:HPP-paper have been fixed. Kunde, W., Pfister, R. & Janczyk, M. (2012). The locus of tool-transformation costs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 38. 703-714. pdf.

June 13, 2012

A paper by Roland Pfister, Alexander Heinemann, Andrea Kiesel, Roland Thomaschke und Markus Janczyk is now printed: Pfister, R., Heinemann, A., Kiesel, A., Thomaschke, R., Janczyk, M. (2012). Do endogenous and exogenous action control compete for perception? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 279-284. pdf.

May 11, 2012

A paper by Markus Janczyk and Wilfried Kunde is now printed: Janczyk, M., Kunde, W. (2012). Visual processing for action resists similarity of relevant and irrelevant object features. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 19, 412-417. DOI 10.3758/s13423-012-0238-6 pdf.

May 7, 2012

A paper by Waldemar Kirsch, Oliver Herbort, Martin Butz and Wilfried Kunde is now available: Kirsch, W., Herbort, O., Butz, M.V., & Kunde, W. (2012). Influence of Motor Planning on Distance Perception within the Peripersonal space. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34880. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034880 pdf.

April 25, 2012

A paper by Rico Fischer, Franziska Plessow and Andrea Kiesel is now printed: Fischer, R., Plessow, F., & Kiesel, A. (2012). The Effects of Alerting Signals in Action Control: Activation of S-R Association or Inhibition of Executive Control Processes? Psychological Research, 76, 317-328. pdf.

April 24, 2012

A paper by Carola Häring and Andrea Kiesel is now printed: Time in action contexts: learning when an action effect occurs. Psychological Research, 76(3), 336-344. doi:10.1007/s00426-011-0341-8 pdf.

April 18, 2012

Andrea Kiesel wurde zur außerplanmässigen Professorin ernannt. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

March 14, 2012

The department is going to host a brand new workshop for PhD students in Experimental Psychology: 


March 13/14, 2012

The researchers of the DFG-funded research network "Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception" met at a workshop in Würzburg. More info:

March 12, 2012

The page numbers of a review by Wilfried, Heiko and Andrea are now fixed: Kunde,W., Reuss, H., & Kiesel, A. (2012). Consciousness and Cognitive Control. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8, 9-18. pdf.

A paper by Roland Pfister, Carsten Pohl, Andrea Kiesel and Wilfried Kunde is now available: Pfister, R., Pohl, C., Kiesel, A., & Kunde, W. (2012). Your unconscious knows your name. PLoS ONE, 7(3), e32402. pdf.

February 29, 2012

A paper by Franziska Plessow, Andrea Kiesel and Clemens Kirschbaum is now printed: Plessow, F., Kiesel, A., & Kirschbaum, C. (2012). The Stressed Prefrontal Cortex and Goal-Directed Behaviour: Acute Psychosocial Stress Impairs the Flexible Implementation of Task Goals. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 397-408. pdf.

February 10, 2012

A paper by Oliver Herbort, Arno Koning, Janet van Uem and Ruud Meulenbroek is now available: Herbort, O., Koning, A., van Uem, J., & Meulenbroek, R. (2012). The End-State Comfort Effect Facilitates Joint Action. Acta Psychologica 139 (3), 404-416. Link.

January 12, 2012

A paper by Tilo Strobach, Roman Liepelt, Torsten Schubert and Andrea Kiesel is now available: Strobach, T., Liepelt, R., Schubert, T., & Kiesel, A. (2012).  Task switching: Effects of practice on switch and mixing costs. Psychological Research, 76, 74-83. pdf.

January 6, 2012

A paper by Markus Janczyk, Roland Pfister and Wilfried Kunde is now available: Janczyk, M., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2012). On the persistence of tool-based compatibility effects. Journal of Psychology, 220, 16-22. pdf. 

A paper by Oliver Herbort is now available: Herbort, O. (2012) Where to grasp a tool? Task-dependent adjustments of tool transformations by tool users. Journal of Psychology, 220 (1): 37-43.Link

January 5, 2012

A paper by Heiko Reuss, Carsten Pohl, Andrea Kiesel and Wilfried Kunde is now available: Reuss, H., Pohl, C., Kiesel A., & Kunde, W. (2011). Follow the sign! Top-down contingent attentional capture of masked arrow cues. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 7, 82-91. pdf.

7 December 2011

A paper by Roland Thomaschke, Annika Wagener, Andrea Kiesel and Joachim Hoffmann is now available: The specificity of temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 2289-2300. pdf.

15 November 2011

Carsten Pohl has finished his PhD. Congratulations!

2 November 2011

A recent paper by Roland Thomaschke, Andrea Kiesel and Joachim Hoffmann is now printed: Thomaschke, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Response specific temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 7, 2309-2322. pdf.

31 Oktober 2011

A paper by Markus Janczyk in collaboration with Carolin Wienrich (TU Berlin) is now available. The paper reports a failure to replicate an attentional capture phenomenon: Wienrich, C. & Janczyk, M. (2011). Absence of attentional capture in parallel search is possible - A failure to replicate attentional capture in a non-singleton-target search task. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73, 2044-2052. pdf.

29. September 2011

The DFG has awarded Wilfried Kunde and Andrea Kiesel a grant for 3 years. The project studies the impact of unconscious stimuli on cognitive control operations.

26. September 2011

A paper by Mike Wendt and Andrea Kiesel is now available: Wendt M., & Kiesel A. (2011). Conflict adaptation in time: Foreperiods as contextual cues for attentional adjustment. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18, 910-916.

26. August 2011

A paper by Iris Güldenpenning, Dirk Koester, Wilfried Kunde, Matthias Weigelt and Thomas Schack is now available: Motor expertise modulates the unconscious processing of human body postures (2011). Experimental Brain Research, 213, 383-391.

A paper by Oliver Herbort and Martin Butz is printed: Herbort, O. & Butz, M. V. (2011). Habitual and Goal-directed Factors in (Everyday) Object Handling. Experimental Brain Research, 213(4), 371-382. doi: 10.1007/ s00221-011-2787-8.

18 August 2011

A paper by Ulrich Ansorge, Isabella Fuchs, Shad Kalid & Wilfried Kunde is now available: Ansorge, U., Fuchs, I., Khalid, S., & Kunde, W. (2011). No conflict control in the absence of awareness. Psychological Research. 351-365. pdf.

Markus Janczyk has been awarded the Early Career Publication Award 2010 of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) for his recent Neuropsychologia paper. For more information:   Congratulations!

16 August 2011

A recent paper by Marco Steinhauser and Andrea Kiesel is now available: Steinhauser, M., & Kiesel, A. (2011). Performance monitoring and the causal atttribution of errors. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 309-320. pdf.

11 July 2011

A recent paper by Wilfried Kunde, Ljubica Lozo, and Roland Neumann is now available: Kunde, W., Lozo,L., & Neumann, R. (2011). Effect-based control of facial expressions. Evidence from action-effect compatibility. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 820-826. pdf.

08 July 2011

Roland's paper on internet behaviour is printed: Pfister, R. (2011). Wardrobe malfunctions and the measurement of internet behaviour. Psychology, 2(3), 265-267. DOI: 10.4236/psych. 2011.23042. pdf.

27 June 2011

A recent paper by Wilfried Kunde, Stefanie Skirde and Matthias Weigelt is now available: Kunde, W., Skirde, S. & Weigelt, M. (2011). Trust my face: Cognitive factors of head fakes in Sports. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 17. 110-127. pdf.

22 June 2011

A recent paper by Franziska Plessow, Andrea Kiesel, Antje Petzold and Clemens Kirschbaum is now printed: Plessow, F., Kiesel, A., Petzold, A., & Kirschbaum, C. (2011). Chronic Sleep Curtailment Impairs the Flexible Implementation of Task Goals in New Parents. Journal of Sleep Research, 20, 279-287. pdf.

30 April 2011

Markus Janczyk has won the 3rd Prize (together with Karin Bausenhart, Tübingen) in the 2011 Dissertation contest of the section for Experimental Psychology of the German Society of Psychology. Congratulations!

28 March 2011

A recent paper by Roland Thomaschke, Annika Wagener, Andrea Kiesel, and Joachim Hoffmann is now printed:

Thomaschke, R., Wagener A., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). The scope and precision of specific temporal expectancy: Evidence from a variable foreperiod paradigm. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73, 953-964. pdf.

22 March 2011

The DFG has awarded Wladimir Kirsch a grant for 3 years. The project studies the role of movement planning on space perception in grasping space.

19 March 2011

Milla is born! Congratulations to Julia and Oliver.

24 February 2011

A recent paper by Tom Verguts, Wim Notebaert, Peter Wühr and Wilfried is now printed:

Verguts, T., Notebaert, W., Kunde, W., & Wühr, P. (2011). Post-conflict slowing: Cognitive adaptation after conflict processing. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 76-82. pdf.

Andrea's and Wilfried's work on masked priming in cooperation with Rico Fischer and Torsten Schubert is published:

Fischer, R., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., & Schubert, T. (2011). Selective impairment of masked priming in dual-task performance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 572-595.  pdf.

16 February 2011

Markus paper in cooperation with Joachim Grabowski on the focus of attention is printed: Janczyk, M. & Grabowski, J. (2011). The focus of attention in working memory: Evidence from a word updating task. Memory, 19, 211-225.

26 January 2011

The fMRI study on chess expertise of Andrea and Carsten in cooperation with Merim Bilalic is printed: Bilalic, M., Kiesel, A., Pohl, C., Erb, M., & Grodd, W. (2011). It Takes Two - Skilled Recognition of Objects Engages Lateral Areas in Both Hemispheres. PLoS ONE, 6, 1-11.

24 January 2011

Roland's, Markus and Wilfried's review on ideomotor theory is published:

Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., & Kunde, W. (2010). Los, beweg dich! - Aber wie? Ideen zur Steuerung menschlicher Handlungen. In-Mind Magazine, 4. Available online.

The COBOSLAB is organizing the workshop ABiALS 2011 (Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems) with the focus on "Spatial Representations and Dynamic Interactions" at the ZIF in Bielefeld on the 21st and 22nd of February. The Program, including presentation and poster abstracts, is now online."

Change of Date: Research Colloquium by Prof. Dr. Rothermund (Jena) postponed to February 7th, 2011

07 January 2011

Starting with 2011 Andrea has taken over the responsibility as Associate Editor for Experimental Psychology.

Wilfried stepped in for Herbert Heuer as Associate Editor for Psychological Research.

03 January 2011

Roland, Andrea and Joachims's paper on action-effect learning is printed: Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Learning at any rate: Action-effect learning for stimulus-based actions. Psychological Research. Psychological Research, 75(1), 61-65. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-010-0288-1.

16. December 2010

The DFG has awarded Wilfried Kunde a grant (3 years) in collaboration with PD Dr. Thomas Kleinsorge (IfADo, Dortmund).

Wilfried's and Andrea's cooperation paper with Rico and Franziska on the Simon effect is printed: Fischer, R., Plessow, F., Kunde, W.  Kiesel, A. (2010). Trial-to-trial modulations of the Simon effect in conditions of attentional limitations: Evidence from dual-tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 1576-1594.

06. December 2010

Research Colloquium by Dipl.-Psych. Henning Kienast (TU Chemnitz): "Vorwärts-Rückwärts, Links-Rechts- wo liegen die Schwierigkeiten beim Einparken"

03. November 2010

Oliver Herbort has been accepted as candidate for habilitation.

29. October 2010

Martin, Roland, Matthias and Oliver's new paper on cross-modal perception is printed:

Butz, M.V., Thomaschke, R., Linhardt, M.J., & Herbort, O. (2010). Remapping motion across modalities: Tactile rotations influence visual motion judgments. Experimental Brain Research 207(1), 1-11.

01. October 2010

We welcome Alexander Heinemann, Markus Janczyk and Roland Pfister as new members of our Team.

The Schedule of the Research Colloquium is now available.


21. September 2010

Roland Pfister has received an award from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.  


13. September 2010

We welcome Johannes Lohmann as a new member of Coboslab!


02. September 2010

Andrea's review on task switching is printed: Kiesel, A., Steinhauser, M, Wendt, M., Falkenstein, M., Jost, K., Phillip, A., & Koch, I. (2010). Control an interference in task switching - A review. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 849-874.


01. September 2010

We welcome Wilfried Kunde as our new professor for Cognitive Psychology!


26. August 2010

Roland and Andrea have a new paper in press in Acta Psychologica: Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Melcher, T. (in press). Adaptive control of ideomotor effect anticipations. Acta Psychologica.


A paper by Iris Güldenpenning, Dirk Koester, Wilfried Kunde, Matthias Weigelt and Thomas Schack is now available: Motor expertise modulates the unconscious processing of human body postures (2011). Experimental Brain Research, 213, 383-391.