The research conducted at Cognitive Psychology unit focusses on a whole range of basic psychological processes.
Specifically, we are interested in processes that concern Attention, Perception, Actions, and Memory:
How do humans ignore distractors? Which cognitive processes allow us to ignore irrelevant information?
How do stimulus-response bindings and distractor-response bindings modulate action processes?
We postulate that selective attention and bindings make human action control efficient.
Starting in 2019, the German Research Council (DFG) founds the Research Unit Binding and Retrieval in Action Control.
How are visual, auditory, and tactile stimuli combined to elicit a final, multisensory percept? Does the presentation of a tactile and/ or auditory stimulus interfere with the processing of a visual stimulus?
Are there causal relationships between biological stress factors and psychological processes?
The research conducted here is part of the University Research Program Psychobiology of Stress.
How does the self-relevance of a stimulus, in other words the meaning of a stimulus for a particular person, influence the processing of it? What is behind the cocktail-party effect: Does self-relevance guide our attention similar to, for example, highly negative stimuli?
How can the findings of basic research be applied in more applied settings, e.g., in ergonomics? For example, based on our findings in attentional and binding processes, we try to optimize human-machine interactions in the car.
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