Cognitive Factors

Principal Investigator(s):

Daniel Schneider

Staff: Stefan Arnau, Bianca Zickerick, Nathalie Liegel

The extent to which people use their mental resources in a task depends on many internal and external influencing factors. For example, interruptions and tasks to be performed in parallel impair the cognitive resources available for a primary task. Another (cognitive) influencing factor on our information processing are assumptions about and evaluations of tasks. These factors and their influence on cognitive performance are investigated here. This is done on the basis of psychological experiments with simultaneous derivation of the electroencephalogram (EEG).

A major goal of these projects is the implementation of psychological experiments with a strong relation to specific requirements in working environments. Experiments are adapted under laboratory conditions to replicate, for example, specific requirements of the work of nursing staff in clinics or driving a motor vehicle.

Recent publications

Thönes, S., Arnau, S., Wascher, E., & Schneider, D. (2020). Boosting working memory with accelerated clocks. Neuroimage.

Zickerick, B., Kobald, S. O., Thönes, S., Küper, K., Wascher, E., & Schneider, D. (2020). Don’ t stop me now : Hampered retrieval of action plans following interruptions. Psychophysiology, 1–17.

Zickerick, B., Thönes, S., Kobald, S. O., Wascher, E., Schneider, D., & Küper, K. (2020). Differential Effects of Interruptions and Distractions on Working Memory Processes in an ERP Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14(March), 84.

Arnau, S., Löffler, C., Rummel, J., Hagemann, D., Wascher, E., & Schubert, A.-L. (2020). Inter-trial alpha power indicates mind wandering. Psychophysiology, 57.

Arnau, S., Wascher, E., & Küper, K. (2019). Age-related differences in reallocating cognitive resources when dealing with interruptions. NeuroImage, 191.