PD Dr. Birte Moeller

Dr. Birte Moeller

Building D Room 434
Phone: +49 (0)651 201 2979

Research Interests:
- Action Control
- Association Learning
- Cognitive Ergonomics
- Human-Machine-Interaction

Biographic Sketch

Venia legendi für das Fach Psychologie
since 07/2012Post Doc, University of Trier, Germany, Cognitive Psychology Unit
Titel: On the Influence of Ignored Stimuli: Generalization and Application of Distractor-Response Binding
10/2011-06/2012PhD-Student, University of Trier, Germany, Cognitive Psychology Unit
07/2009Diploma in Psychology, Saarland University, Saarbruecken
Title of thesis: "Establishing Contact in Computer Mediated Communication: The Impact of Visualization, Gestalt Grouping Principles and Social Presence"


Reviewing Activity


Ad-Hoc Gutachen:

  • Acta Psychologica
  • Advances in Cognitive Psychology
  • Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • Emotion
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Frontiers in Cognition
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • In-Mind (Onlinezeitschrift)
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • MIT Presence
  • Psychological Research


  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • International Student Exchange Programs
  • Cusanuswerk


GrantNamePrincipal investigators
German Research Council (DFG) grant (MO2839/4-2)Binding for action slips: Internal structure and generalizability. 2022-202025B. Moeller, A. Foerster, R. Pfister & C. Frings
German Research Council (DFG) grant (MO2839/2-2) Temporäre Reiz-Reaktionsbindungen als Mechanismus des inzidentellen Assoziationslernens II. 2018-2021B. Moeller & C. Frings
German Research Council (DFG) grant (MO2839/2-1)Temporäre Reiz-Reaktionsbindungen als Mechanismus des inzidentellen Assoziationslernens. 2014-2017B. Moeller & C. Frings


2024 / in press 
Selimi, S., Frings, C., Münchau, A., Beste, C., & Moeller, B. (in press). It's not distance but similarity of distance: Changing stimulus relations affect the control of action sequences. Psychological Research. 
Frings, C., Foerster, A., Moeller, B., Pastötter, B., & Pfister, R. (in press). The relation between learning and stimulus-response binding. Psychological Review. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000449Open Access
Frings*, C., Beste*, C., Benini*, E., Möller*, M., Dignath, D., Giesen, C., Hommel, B., Kiesel, A., Koch, I., Kunde, W., Mayr, S., Mocke, V., Moeller, B., Münchau, A., Parmar, J., Pastötter, B., Pfister, R., Philipp, A., Qiu, R., ... Schmalbrock, P. (2024). Consensus definitions of perception-action-integration in action control. Communications Psychology, 2, 7. *shared first authorship. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44271-023-00050-9Open Access
Selimi, S., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2024). Separated hands further response-response binding effects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-023-02419-7Open Access
Selimi, S., & Moeller, B. (2024). Instructed speed and accuracy affect binding. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-024-01927-yOpen Access


2022 / 2023  
Foerster, A., Moeller, B., Frings, C., & Pfister, R. (2023). What is left after an error? Towards a comprehensive account of goal-based binding and retrieval. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 85, 120-139. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-022-02609-wOpen Access
Giesen, C., Janczyk, M., Dignath, D., Pfister, R., & Moeller, B. (2023). Das Puzzle im Kopf – Wie Wahrnehmungseindrücke und Handlungspläne entstehen. In-Mind (online-magazine). 
Foerster, A., Moeller, B., Huffman, G., Kunde, W., Frings, C., & Pfister, R. (2022). The human cognitive system corrects traces of error commission on the fly. Journal of ExperimentalPsychology: General, 15, 1419-1432. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001139 
Frings, C., Moeller, B., Beste, C., Münchau, A., & Pastötter, B. (2022). Stimulus decay functions in action control. Scientific Reports, 12, 20139. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-24499-6Open Access
Janczyk, M., Giesen, C., Moeller, B., Dignath, D., & Pfister, R. (2022). Perception and action as viewed from the Theory of Event Coding: A multi-lab replication and effect size estimation of common experimental designs. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-022-01705-8Open Access
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2022). All together now: Simultaneous feature integration and feature retrieval in action control. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 29, 512-520. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-021-01999-6Open Access
Moeller, B., & Pfister, R. (2022). Ideomotor learning: Time to generalize a longstanding principle. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 140, 104782. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104782 
Pfister, R., Bogon, J., Foerster, A., Kunde, W., & Moeller, B. (2022). Binding and retrieval of response durations: Subtle evidence for episodic processing of continuous movement features. Journal of Cognition, 5, 23. http://doi.org/10.5334/joc.212 
Schmalbrock, P., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2022). Pooling it all together - The role of distractor pool size on stimulus-response binding. Journal of CognitivePsychology, 34, 249-260. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2022.2026363 
Selimi, S., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2022). Binding between Responses Is Not Modulated by Grouping of Response Effects. Journal of Cognition, 5. 42. http://doi.org/10.5334/joc.233 
2020 / 2021 
Foerster, A., Rothermund, K., Parmar, J. J., Moeller, B., Frings, C., & Pfister, R. (2021). Goal-based binding of irrelevant stimulus features for action slips. Experimental Psychology, 68, 206-213. https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000525Open Access
Geissler, C.F., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2021). Illuminating the prefrontal neural correlates of action sequence disassembling in response-response binding. Scientific Reports, 11, 22856.  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-02247-6Open Access
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2021). Response-response bindings do not decay for six seconds after integration: A case for bindings’ relevance in hierarchical action control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47, 508-517. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000897 
Pastötter, B., Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2021). Watching the brain as it (un)binds: Beta synchronization relates to distractor-response binding. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 33, 1581-1594. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01730 
Frings, C., Hommel, B., Koch, I., Rothermund, K., Dignath, D., Giesen, C., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Mayr, S., Moeller, B., Möller, M., Pfister, R., & Philipp, A. (2020). Binding and Retrieval in Action Control (BRAC). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 24, 375-387. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2020.02.004Open Access
Frings, C., Koch, I., Rothermund, K., Dignath, D., Giesen, C., Hommel, B., Kiesel, A., Kunde, W., Mayr, S., Moeller, B., Möller, M., Pfister, R. & Philipp, A. (2020). Merkmalsintegration und Abruf als wichtige Prozesse der Handlungssteuerung – eine Paradigmen-übergreifende Perspektive. Psychologische Rundschau, 71,1-14. https://doi.org/10.1026/0033-3042/a000423 
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2020). Remote binding counts: Measuring distractor-response binding effects online. Psychological Research, 85, 2249–2255. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01413-1Open Access
2018 / 2019
Moeller, B. & Frings, C. (2019). Lost time: Bindings do not represent temporal order information. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 26, 325-331. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-018-1493-y
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2019). Binding processes in the control of non-routine action sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(9), 1135-1145. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000665
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2019). From simple to complex actions: Response-Response bindings as a new approach to action sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 174-183. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000483
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2019). Response-response binding across effector-set switches. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26, 1974-1979. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-019-01669-8
Moeller, B., Pfister, R., Kunde, W., & Frings, C. (2019). Selective Binding of Stimulus, Response, and Effect Features. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26, 1627-1632. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-019-01669-8
Pfister, R., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2019). The role of congruency for distractor-response binding: A caveat. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 15, 127-132. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0262-1
Wesslein, A. K., Moeller, B., Frings, C., & Giesen, C. (2019). Separating after-effects of target and distractor processing in the tactile sensory modality. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics81, 809-822. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-01655-7
Laub, R., Frings, C., & Moeller, B. (2018). Dissecting Stimulus-Response Binding Effects: Grouping By Color Separately Impacts Integration And Retrieval Processes. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1474-1488.https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-1526-7
Singh, T., Moeller, B., Koch, I., Frings, C. (2018). May I have your attention please: Binding attended but response irrelevant features. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1143-1156 .https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-1498-7
2016 / 2017
Frings, C., Koch, I., & Moeller, B. (2017). How The Mind Shapes Action: Offline-contexts Modulate Involuntary Episodic Retrieval. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-017-1406-6
Moeller, B. & Frings, C. (2017). Dissociation of binding and learning processes. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 2590-2605https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-017-1393-7
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2017). Overlearned responses hinder S-R binding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000341
Singh, T., Frings, C., & Moeller B. (2017). Binding Abstract Concepts. Psychological Research, 83, 878-884. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-017-0897-z
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, 464-479. https://doi.org/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, 1074-1086. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1063-1
Moeller, B., Zoppke, H., & Frings, C. (2016). What a  car does to your perception: Distance evaluations differ from within and outside of a car. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 781-788. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0954-9
Singh, T., Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2016). Five shades of grey: Generalization in distractor-based retrieval of S-R episodes. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 78(8), 2307-2312. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1210-8
2014 / 2015
Frings, C., Moeller, B., & Horner, A. (2015). On the durability of bindings between responses and response-irrelevant stimuli. Acta Psychologica, 161, 73-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2015.08.009
Moeller, B., Hommel, B., & Frings, C. (2015). From hand to feet: Abstract response representations in distractor-response bindings. Acta Psychologica, 159, 69-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2015.05.012
Moeller, B. & Frings, C. (2015). Distractor-response bindings in dual task scenarios. Visual Cognition, 23, 516-531. https://doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2015.1041437
Giesen, C., & Moeller, B. (2014). Von kleinen Helfern im Alltag: Wie Umgebungsreize unser Handeln beeinflussen. In-Mind (online-magazine).
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2014). Long term response-stimulus associations can influence distractor-response bindings. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 10, 68-80. http://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0158-1
Moeller, B., Schächinger, H., & Frings, C. (2014). Irrelevant stimuli and action control: Analyzing the influence of ignored stimuli via the distractor-response binding paradigm. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 87, e51571. http://doi.org/10.3791/51571-v
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2014). Designers beware: Response retrieval effects influence drivers' response times to local danger warnings. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 24, 117-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2014.04.013
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2014). Attention meets binding: Only attended distractors are used
for the retrieval of event files. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76, 959-978. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-014-0648-9
Frings, C., Schneider, K. K., & Moeller, B. (2014). Auditory Distractor Processing In Sequential Selection Tasks. Psychological Research, 78,411–422. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-013-0527-3
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2014). How automatic is the Musical Stroop Effect? Commentary on The Musical Stroop Effect: Opening a new Avenue to Research on Automatisms? by Grégoire, Perruchet, and Poulin-Charronnant (2013). Experimental Psychology, 61, 68-70.https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000204
2013 and earlier
Moeller, B., Schneider, J., & Frings, C. (2013). Place it on the side! Evaluation of stickers' positions on test cars used in field studies. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 20, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2013.03.009
Frings, C., Moeller, B., & Rothermund, K. (2013). Retrieval of event files can be conceptually mediated. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 700-709. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-013-0431-3
Frings, C., Larra, M., Gräbener, A., Moeller, B., & Schächinger, H. (2013). Stress disrupts distractor-based retrieval of SR episodes. Biological Psychology, 93, 58-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.01.013
Moeller, B., Brezing, C., & Unz, D. (2012). What should an corporate website look like? On the influence of Gestalt principles and visualization in website design on the degree of acceptance and recommendation.  Behaviour and Information Technology, 31, 739-751. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2011.642893
Frings, C. & Moeller, B. (2012). The horserace between distractors and targets: Retrieval-based probe responding depends on distractor-target asynchrony. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 582-590. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2012.666852
Moeller, B., Rothermund, K., & Frings, C. (2012). Integrating the irrelevant sound - Grouping modulates the integration of irrelevant auditory stimuli into event files. Experimental Psychology, 59, 258-264. https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000151
Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2011). Remember the touch: Tactile distractors retrieve previous responses to targets. Experimental Brain Research, 214, 121-130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-011-2814-9
Frings, C.,& Moeller, B. (2010). Binding targets’ responses to distractors’ locations: Distractor response bindings in a location priming task. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 2176-2183. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03196693