The Department of Experimental Cognitive Psychology (Head: Joachim Funke) is strong in research on higher cognitive processes like problem-solving, thinking, and language. To analyze "mind in action" by means of carefully designed experiments, but also by means of qualitative procedures (e.g., thinking-aloud protocols) ist one of the research goals. Also, the interaction of cognition, emotion, and motivation is focused.
Computersimulated scenarios helf to design specific environments in which participants have to decide and act. An eyetracker is available for reading studies.
Social Psychology contributes to the synthesis of exciting new trends in organizational psychology, change management, judgment and desision making, and cognitive science. Mapping these areas onto a high-quality masters curriculum, OBAC affords a modern profile that should open the participants a successful professional career in many applied and scientific areas. Here is how basic and applied areas can be mapped in OBAC desciplines:
The Social Psychology department is interested in establishing a natural fit between advanced studetn training and existing research prjects and grants. A symbiotic relation between reserach and teaching is the precondition for
Work and Organizational Psychology is an applied subject, focussing on humans and their interactions with individuals, teams, organizations and work environments. The application of work and organizational psychology practices in organizations and ranges from personnel selection and training to occupational health as well as organizational demands.
We focus our teaching and research on the following subjects:
As an applied science, the department of Work and Organizational Psychology cooperates with different practitioners and organizations. Students can participate in this process working hands-on as consultants solving real-world challenges and reporting their findings back to the projects initiators.
Besides those work relevant qualifications, seminars and lectures emphasize scientific training. This should enable graduated psychologists to work in differnet industries or public administration.