The research group dedicates itself to basic research and applied science in the fields of learning and memory. The focus here is on the following research questions: What are the bases of good memory capacity?

How do individual differences in perception and the use of strategies affect our memory performance and recall ability? Are perceptive faculties and memory capacity improved through training? How can learning and recall be optimised in everyday life?

To research these and other questions, the research group also repeatedly investigates people from specific population groups such as grapheme-colour synaesthetes or colour experts in addition to people from the general population. In grapheme-colour synaesthesia, black on white printed letters and/or figures trigger colour experiences. For example, the letter A may always trigger a red colour experience for a synaesthete. Colour expertise concerns extraordinary capacities in the perception of colours which have been acquired due to intensive involvement with colour (e.g. through painting).

Methodologically, the research group uses behavioural measurement, psychophysiological correlatives (electrodermal activity) and neurophysiological correlatives (electroencephalography). Other methodological interests of the research group are the use and development of information technologies. This involves the use of web applications, which can be accessed through a variety of devices (smartphones, tablets and desktop computers).

The use of new information technologies not only has the advantage that laboratory-based findings can be investigated in more representative samples of the general population, but also offers the opportunity of examining findings from basic research in application-based studies for everyday relevance. The specific interest of the research group is therefore the optimisation of learning and recall processes in everyday life.

Prof. Dr Nicolas RothenProf. Dr Nicolas RothenAssociate Professor
MSc Sandy MarcaMSc Sandy MarcaResearch AssistantPhD Student
Dr Alodie Rey-MermetDr Alodie Rey-MermetResearch and Teaching AssistantPost-doctoral Researcher
Dr Chhavi SachdevaDr Chhavi SachdevaPost-doctoral Researcher
Dr Anastasios ZiogasPost-doctoral Student

Research projects of the group

Creating opportunities to interact & learn in online learning environments for higher education

Faculty of Psychology

Cognitive capacity in the presence of a smartphone

Faculty of Psychology

Interaction of learning principles in acquiring a new second language

Faculty of Psychology

School of Tomorrow

Faculty of Psychology

Using virtual reality to investigate access, fidelity, and vividness of visual mental representations

Faculty of Psychology