News from the Faculty of Psychology

A primer on the role of boredom in self-controlled sports and exercise behavior

Corinna Martarelli together with her colleagues Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz, University of Bern), Maik Bieleke (University of Vienna) and James Danckert (University of Waterloo) published the article "A primer on the role of boredom in self-controlled sports and exercise behavior". This article is part of the research topic "Effort-based decision-making and cognitive fatigue" in Frontiers in Psychology. The article can be found here:

Article published in Frontiers in Psychology, in the research topic Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Psychoeducational variables involved in the health emergency

Corinna Martarelli and Simona Pacozzi together with Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz) and Maik Bieleke (University of Vienna) published the article "High trait self-control and low boredom proneness help COVID-19 homeschoolers". The article can be found here:

Article published in Education and Information Technologies

Nathanael Jost, Sina Jossen, Nicolas Rothen and Corinna Martarelli published a study on the impact of learners’ behaviors and personalities on their academic success at UniDistance Suisse. Distributed practice at the optimal time of the day seems to be central to academic success. The article can be found here:

Article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science

Corinna Martarelli and Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz) published a paper in which they present their working model on the role of boredom and self-control in goal-directed behavior. The article can be found here:

Article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Together with Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz), Julia Schüler (University of Konstanz), and Maik Bieleke (University of Vienna), Corinna Martarelli published the article „High boredom proneness and low trait self-control impair adherence to social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic“. The article can be found here:

Comment on the loss of olfaction and/or taste in COVID-19

Géraldine Coppin wrote a comment in which she presents how the COVID-19 may highlight the importance of olfaction and/or taste in emotions. This comment has been published in the journal npj Science of Food and can be read here:

Comment published on the possible role of boredom and self-control on adherence to social distancing measures in the current COVID-19 situation

Corinna Martarelli and Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz) published a comment in which they highlight how boredom, self-control and their interplay are likely to affect adherence to current pandemic containment measures. They also aim to stimulate thinking about possibilities to enhance compliance to pandemic containment measures. The comment can be found here:

An article published in Assessment


Corinna Martarelli together with Wanja Wolff (University of Konstanz) and Alex Bertrams (University of Bern) published an article on the structure of relationships between boredom, spontaneous and deliberate mind-wandering. Moreover, this article reports the translation into German and validation of two self-report measures of these psychological constructs. The article can be found here:

Studying vocabulary on line with the new STELLAR application


As part of their "School of Tomorrow" project, the research team led by psychology lecturers Nicolas Rothen and Thomas Reber has developed a learning application called STELLAR. It directs the pupils to the learning space where they can learn their French and German vocabulary.
Objective: to study the effect of digital media on the learning of a foreign language.
Further information on the blog of the JLS agency, which is responsible for the technical implementation of the application: (in German).

An article published in Journal of Behavioral Decision Making on risky decisions


Géraldine Coppin collaborated on a study examining risky decision making with affect-rich outcomes. More specifically, the authors compared risky decisions among unpleasant odors against matched monetary losses.
More here

Article on synaesthesia and memory published


Nicolas Rothen has, together with some of his colleagues, published an article on the subject of synaesthesia. The article provides insights into how the human memory is organised, by comparing the memory capacities of grapheme-colour synaesthetes with the memory capacities of non-synaesthetes. Read the article here.

Research work on synaesthesia published by renowned British academy "The Royal Society"


Together with his British colleagues, Nicolas Rothen, Assistant Professor and Joint Course Director of the Psychology Master’s at UniDistance Suisse, has written a piece of research work on the subject of "Neurophenomenology of induced and natural synaesthesia". This was published by the renowned British academy “The Royal Society”, the oldest still active scientific society, in the journal "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences". The article can be read here.

Remembering past experiences with odors


Géraldine Coppin published with one of her colleagues from the University of Geneva a paper on how we remember past experiences. Originality of the 2 studies reported: the researchers used odors. 
You can read the article here.

Publication of a study on the neuronal mechanisms of the reactivation of memory content


As a member of an international research team, Thomas Reber collaborated on a study more closely investigating the neuronal mechanisms involved in recalling memory content. The study was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications and can be accessed here.

Commentary published on the use of digital media in school teaching


Thomas Reber and Nicolas Rothen wrote a commentary in which they argue for closer cooperation between applied educational researchers and basic researchers. This text appeared in the scientific journal npj Science of Learning and can be read here.

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