Matthias Maalouli-Hartmann's research group projects
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.