Research projects of the Faculty of Psychology

  • Project "The impact of mind-wandering on the precision of episodic memory"
    Disengaging from the external world – a phenomenon referred to as mind-wandering – is a ubiquitous experience that has been shown to be associated with detriments in cognitive performance across a large range of tasks. In the current project, we investigate the impact of task disengagement on spatial episodic memory.
  • Project "School of Tomorrow"
    The distinctive qualities of good digital teaching aids have not yet been sufficiently analysed. In this project, a Web application for acquiring a second language is being developed according to scientifically sound learning principles. The benefit of the Web application will be scientifically reviewed over a period of several years.
  • Project «The role of irrational beliefs on perception, cognition, and media use»
    Many people hold beliefs about subjects which are difficult or impossible to explain with established knowledge or scientific methods, such as paranormal phenomena (telepathy) or believe in conspiracy theories. This project focuses on the association of such irrational beliefs with perceptual, cognitive and personality aspects in the context of (social) media usage.
  • Project «Creativity: Links to personality, perception and brain mechanisms»
    Creative thinking is an extraordinary capacity of the human mind that is advancing culture, science, economy and alike. Despite a long history of research, there are still important questions that remain open: What are the facets of creative thinking? How can it be assessed? Which aspects of personality are linked to creativity? What are the underlying neuronal mechanisms? And how can creative thinking be improved?
  • Project «Numerical Cognition»
    Numbers are omnipresent in our society, and dealing with numbers (e.g. in a supermarket or at school) is a key cognitive competence that has a crucial impact on our socio-economic status and well-being. The aim of this project is to explore basic cognitive and neuronal aspects of numerical cognition.
  • Project «The role of motives on emotional processing»
    There is variance between persons regarding the incentives that activate our motivational system. The effect of individual differences in basic motives on attentional allocation to emotional stimuli remains controversial.
  • Project «What makes a Screencast successful?»
    Screencasts are useful eLearning-tools for distance learning. However, they are not always successful. Different aspects of screencast will be explored in this project, with a focus on cognitive and affective impacts on observers.
  • Project «When is the use of tablets useful?»
    Tablets and Smartphones are omnipresent in our society, and more and more schools have started to use tablets in classrooms. Considering perceptual and cognitive factors, it remains unclear for which tasks the user can really profit from the use of tablets.
  • Project "Links between brain activity (EEG) and cognitive capacities"
    In this project, we are first exploring the relations between brain activity, using EEG recordings, and memory in typically developing children, young and healthy aging older adults. Second, we are characterizing the EEG microstates that are present in individuals with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21 or T21) or Williams syndrome (WS).
  • Project "The impact of intermodal training on the cognitive capacities of individuals with handicaps"
    Numerous studies have tried to determine whether “cognitive” training leads to improvements in cognitive performance. This project aims to determine whether an intermodal and intensive training improves the cognitive capacities of individuals with cognitive handicaps.
  • Project "Profiles of spatial abilities in Down and Williams syndromes"
    Down syndrome (Trisomy 21 or T21) and Williams syndrome (WS) are genetic disorders characterized by mental retardation and impaired abilities to process visuospatial information. Nevertheless, the ability of individuals with Down syndrome or Williams syndrome to navigate in the real word have not been well studied. The goal of this study is to characterize this capacity in these individuals.
  • Project "EATMINT"
    How to improve emotional awareness, emotion sharing with peers and emotion regulation in computer-mediated collaboration?
  • Project "EMOVIZ"
    How to support self-regulation and engagement in distance learning?

Completed projects

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