Lehrstuhl für Psychologie III

    Dr. Katharina Schwarz

    Room U3

    Department of Psychology (III)

    Röntgenring 11

    97070 Würzburg, Germany

    Phone: +49 (0)931 / 3188655

    Fax: +49 (0)931 / 3182815

    Consultation: By appointment (e-mail).

    Personal website:

    Research interests

    Expectancy Effects in Cognition

    Sensory Attenuation

    Acting in a Social Context

    Action Control

    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)



    Muth, F. V., Schwarz, K. A., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (in press). Feeling watched: What determines perceived observation? Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

    Schwarz, K. A., Pfister, R., & Büchel, C. (in press).  The Being a Patient effect: Negative expectations based on group labeling and corresponding treatment affect patient performance. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

    Schwarz, K.A., Pfister, R., Kluge, M., Weller, L., & Kunde, W. (in press). Do we see it or not? Sensory attenuation in the visual domain. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    Weller, L., Schwarz, K. A., Kunde, W., & Pfister, R. (in press). My mistake? Enhanced error processing for commanded compared to passively observed actions. Psychophysiology.

    Jusyte, A., Pfister, R., Mayer, S. V., Schwarz, K. A., Wirth, R., Kunde, W., & Schönenberg, M. (2017). Smooth criminal: Convicted rule-breakers show reduced cognitive conflict during deliberate rule violations. Psychological Research, 81(5), 939-946. pdf. doi: 10.1007/s00426-016-0798-6

    Pfister, R., Schwarz, K. A., Wirth, R., & Lindner, I. (2017). My command, my act: Observation inflation in face-to-face interactions. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 13(2), 166-176. pdf. doi: 10.5709/acp-0216-8

    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

    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

    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

    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. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.11.009

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

    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.

    Schwarz, K. A., & Büchel, C. (2015). Cognition and the placebo effect - Dissociating subjective perception and actual performance. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0130492. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130492. pdf.

    Wieser, M. J., Gerdes, A., Büngel, I., Schwarz, K. A., Mühlberger, A., & Pauli, P. (2014) Not so harmless anymore: How context impacts the perception and electrocortical processing of neutral faces. NeuroImage 93, 74-82. pdf.

    Pfister, R., Foerster, A., Schwarz, K. A., & Wirth, R. (2014). Lässt sich ein guter Hochstapler als solcher entlarven? Wenn ja: Wie? In: W. Schwanebeck (Ed.), Über Hochstapelei: Perspektiven auf eine kulturelle Praxis (pp. 63-72). Berlin: Neofelis.

    Pfister, R., Schwarz, K. A., Janczyk, M., Dale, R., & Freeman, J. B. (2013). Good things peak in pairs: A note on the bimodality coefficient. Frontiers in Quantitive Psychology and Measurement, 4, 700. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00700. pdf.

    Pfister, R., Schwarz, K. A., Carson, R., & Janczyk, M. (2013). Easy methods for extracting individual regression slopes: Comparing SPSS, R, and Excel. Tutorials in Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 9(2), 72-78. pdf.

    Schwarz, K. A., Wieser, M.J., Gerdes A. B. M., Mühlberger, A., & Pauli, P. (2013). Why are you looking like that? How the context influences evaluation and processing of human faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 438-445. pdf.

    Pfister, R., Schwarz, K. A., & Janczyk, M. (2012). Ubi irritatio, ibi affluxus: A 19th century perspective on haemodynamic brain activity. Cortex, 48(8), 1061-1063. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.05.006. pfd.


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    Röntgenring 11
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