About me

I'm a behavioral psychologist from Cologne, Germany, currently based in Bochum. I work at Ruhr University Bochum as the head of the Psychology of Human Technology Interaction lab. .

Generally, I am interested in human learning. My research is guided by three major themes:

1) IT Security  |  I study learning and problem solving processes in IT security. Specifically, I'm interested in challenges and strategies (e.g. reverse engineering) involved in attacks on hardware components.
2) Learning with Media  |  I study how individuals acquire behaviors or behavioral responses from and with media, both voluntarily (e.g., in educational contexts) and involuntarily (e.g., the link between digital violence and aggressiveness).
3) Meta Science  |  I study the principles and mechanics of the production of scientific knowledge, including the outcomes of academic peer review, statistical reporting practices, and behavioral measurement and operationalizations.

Professional Career

since 01/2018 Head of the Psychology of Human Technology Interaction lab, Ruhr University Bochum
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Educational Psychology Research Group (Prof. Dr. Nikol Rummel), Ruhr University Bochum
2012-2014 Research Associate at the Department of Communication (Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt), University of Münster
2011-2012 Junior Researcher at the Department of Communication Sciences, Media and ICT (Prof. Dr. Lieven de Marez), University of Ghent
2009-2011 Student Assistant at the German Institute for International Educational Research, Educational Quality and Evaluation (Prof. Dr. Johannes Naumann), Frankfurt am Main
2007-2009 Student Assistant at the Department of Psychology, Social and Media Psychology (Prof. Dr. Gary Bente), University of Cologne


since 2017 Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)
since 2012 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)

Editorial Board Membership

since 2017 Meta-Psychology
since 2015 Journal of Media Psychology


since 2016 Administrator of www.FlexibleMeasures.com
since 2013 Junior members representative for the media psychology divison of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (with Dr. Stephan Winter, University of Duisburg-Essen)
since 2013 Co-administrator of www.JournalReviewer.org (with James Ivory, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
since 2011 Website Editor of ECREA's Digital Games Research Temporary Working Group (www.digital-games.eu)


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