Chair of General Psychology (Focus: Cognitive Psychology)

Principle Investigator: Rico Fischer, PhD

The following pages provide information about the subject of General and Cognitive Psychology, our academic program and range of courses as well as current fields of research and information about our team.

The academic program and range of courses include General Psychology, Research Methods, and Evaluation Methodology.

General Psychology

General Psychology focuses on basic processes of human experience and behavior. Exemplary topics are perception, attention, consciousness, action regulation, thinking and decision-making, problem solving, memory and speech (General Psychology I) as well as motivation, emotion, and learning (General Psychology II).

General Psychology is mainly interested in the functioning of these basic mental features and therefore provides the fundamental science for other psychological sub-disciplines and application areas.

Research Methods and Evaluation Methodology

Research Methodology is the basic prerequisite for understanding psychology as an empirical science by providing methodological foundations of design, implementation and evaluation of empirical studies. Beyond that, multivariate statistical methods and meta-analyses supply techniques to examine more specific questions.

Evaluation methodology is a field for application-oriented usage of a variety of social-scientific methods.

Research Focuses

Cognitive Control, Multitasking, Conflict Processing, Embodied Cognition, Self-Regulation and Emotion, Stress and Control, Subjective and Objective Parameters in Action and Free Volition, Commitment and Action Regulation, Training and Learning Research, Blended Learning-Concepts in Methods Training


Evelyn Reichel

Room 202
Consultation hours:
Mon, 9-12 am + 2-4 pm
Thu, 9-12 am + 2-4 pm

Tel.: +49 (0) 3834 420 3771
Fax: +49 (0) 3834 420 3763



We congratulate Ramona Stock on obtaining a fellowship for her Ph.D.-Thesis "Learning and teaching concepts to support methodological competence: development and evaluation“.

The student association of the psychology department awarded the 2016 teaching award „Best teaching of the year“ to Prof. Dr. Rico Fischer

Latest Publications

  • Dreisbach, G., Reindl, A.-L., & Fischer, R. (in press). Conflict and disfluency as aversive signals: Context-specific processing adjustments are modulated by affective location associations. Psychological Research. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0822-x
  • Hiemisch, A., Armbrust, A, & Gröger, J. (2017). Fehlbelastungen im Studium. Befunde zur Reliabilität und Validität einer studentischen Irritationsskala. Diagnostica (in press).

  • Möschl, M., Walser, M., Plessow, F., Goschke, T., & Fischer, R. (in press). Acute stress shifts the balance between controlled and automatic processes in prospective memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

  • Plessow, F., Schade, S., Kirschbaum, C., & Fischer, R. (in press). Successful voluntary recruitment of cognitive control under acute stress. Cognition.

  • Scherbaum, S., Frisch, S., Dshemuchadse, M., Rudolf, M., & Fischer, R. (in press). The test of both worlds: Identifying feature binding and control processes in congruency sequence tasks by means of action dynamics. Psychological Research. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0823-9