Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  Dr. Celina Kacperski
Raum: F 115
Tel: +49 (0) 6221-54-7380
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-54-7745
Sprechstunde: nach Vereinbarung, Montag 13.30-14.30


Areas of interest

  • Environmental psychology: moral licensing, nudging and choice architecture
  • Games and gamification: why do we play games, what can we learn from games, why do we enjoy tasks in games that we hate doing in real life
  • Complex and dynamic systems: change phenomena, emergence of groups, models of society
  • Mixed methods research: combining qualitative and quantitative data analysis to improve data interpretation
  • Sport psychology: athletic imagery, construal level theory in motor task contexts


2016 – 2019     PostDoc at Universität Heidelberg, with reserach topics on gamification, moral licensing, social influence and complex systems

2016 – 2019     PostDoc at Universität Mannheim, in ELECTRIFIC: Enabling seamless electromobility through smart vehicle-grid integration (Horizon 2020)

2012 – 2016     PhD in Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

2006 – 2011      Diplom (combined BSc & MSc) in Psychology, Universität Heidelberg, Germany



Law, B., Kacperski, C., Tobin, C., O, J., Edmunds, A. & Hall, C. (2017). Imagine that! A description of children’s imagery use in physical education. PHEnex (revise and resubmit).

Kacperski, C., & Kutzner, F. (2017). Assisting EV Drivers to Act Smarter: How behavioral tools can facilitate adoption of smart navigation and greenify mobility. In Proceedings of E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (pp. 1-4). Berlin, Germany.

Eider, M., Sellner, D., Berl, A., Basmadjian, R., de Meer, H., Klingert, S., Schulze, T., Kutzner, F., Kacperski, C. & Stolba, M. (2017). Seamless Electromobility. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (pp. 316-321). ACM.

Kacperski, C., & Hall, C. (2016). Do construal levels affect athletes’ imagery and performance outcomes? It depends on the task! Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 1–15. doi:10.1080/10413200.2016.1220992

Ulloa, R., Kacperski, C., & Sancho, F. (2016). Institutions and cultural diversity: Effects of democratic and propaganda processes on local convergence and global diversity. PLOS ONE, 11(4), 1–26. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153334

Kacperski, C., Ulloa, R., & Hall, C. (2016). Do athletes imagine being the best, or crossing the finish line first? A mixed methods analysis of construal levels in elite athletes’ spontaneous imagery. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1–26. doi:10.1177/1558689816674563

Kacperski, C., & Kutzner, F. L. (2016). Adherence to tactical choices mediates regulatory fit effects in table tennis. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1–9. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2016.1199581


Journal papers in preparation

Ulloa, R., & Kacperski, C. (2017). A simulation of the resilience of cultures in the face of devastating events. In preparation.

Kutzner, F., Kacperski, C., Read, D., & Chater, N. (2017). Informativeness versus Relevance: On the Rationality of Contingency Judgments.

Kacperski, C., & Ulloa, R. (2017). A new approach to mixed methods analysis: Integrating co-occuring codes and quantization.



Book publication

Kohn, R., Reich, P., Kacperski, C. (2011). Looking After Sexual Health: Dokumentation und Evaluation. Ein Projekt für die sexuelle Gesundheit schwuler Jugendlicher und junger Erwachsener. Ludwigshafen: BB Druck & Service. (A project for the sexual health of gay youth and young adults).


Peer-reviewed conference presentations

Kacperski, C., Tobin, D., Hall, C.R., & Law, B. (2016). How to succeed in PE class: The when, what and why of children's use of imagery. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference. Montreal, Canada. (poster)

Kacperski, C. & Hall, C.R. (2014). Framing high or low mental construal level improves performance in various sport tasks. Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology Conference. London, Canada. (talk)

Kacperski, C. & Hall, C.R. (2014) Effects of construal level on sport performance. 7th ASPASP International Congress. Tokyo, Japan. (talk)

Kacperski, C., Ulloa, R. & Hall, C. R. (2014). A qualitative analysis of construal level in sport imagery. Performing under Pressure from 29.-31. May in Munich. Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie (asp). Munich, Germany. (talk)

Kacperski, C., & Hall, C. R. (2013). A qualitative analysis of goal construal level in sport performance. Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology Conference. Kelowna, Canada. (talk)

Kacperski, C., Freytag, K., Schott, M., Goldenberg, L. (2013). Substituting Newspapers with Newsfeeds: the effects of online communication on knowledge formation. EASP Small Group Meeting on Motivational, Affective, and Cognitive Sources of Knowledge Formation. Krakow, Poland. (talk)

Kacperski, C., & Kutzner, F.L. (2013). Effects of regulatory fit on tactics and the performance of table tennis players. The Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Program. New York, NY: Guilford. (poster)



Grants, Awards & Extracurricular Activities

Scholarship selection committee (Toronto Exchange; BW-Ontario Exchange) 2017

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2013 – 2016

Research Western Financial Grant 2013 – 2016

Western Graduate Research Scholarship 2012 – 2016

Western Teaching Award 2015 (6.0 or higher in teaching ratings)

Mitacs Globalink Research Award 2015

Kinesiology Travel Award 2013, 2015

Health Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award, 2014, 2015

Franz-Weinert Prize, 2011 (award for best MSc thesis of class 2011, Heidelberg)


Teaching & Supervising Experience

Lecturer, University Heidelberg, Germany  

2017/2018 WiSe - BSc Level: Empra Sozialpsychologie

2017 SoSe - BSc Level: Forschungsorientierte Vertiefung, Social influence across domains

Lecturer, SRH Heidelberg, Germany  

2018 Spring - BSc Level: 1702 Grundlagen der Psychologie

2018 Spring - BSc Level: 1703 Grundlagen der Psychologie

2017 Summer - BSc Level: 1602 Grundlagen der Psychologie

2017 Spring - BSc Level: 6176 1502 Grundlagen der Psychologie

2017 Spring - BSc Level: 6176 1503 Grundlagen der Psychologie

Lecturer, Western University, Canada

2015 - BSc Level:   Kin3474B. Psychological interventions in sport, exercise and injury rehabilitation (Teaching Award)

2014 - BSc Level:   Kin2276F. Introduction to exercise psychology

2012 - BSc Level:   Kin3388. Psychology of sport. Teaching assistant for Prof. B. Carron, Western University, Canada

Lecturer, Mannheim University, Germany

2012 - MSc Level:  WG2-1. Specific problems of consumer psychology

2012 - MSc Level:  WG2-2. Specific problems of consumer psychology


2017/18 - Bsc thesis - Credits or credentials - moral licensing and self image across domains.

2017/18 - Bsc thesis - Do nudges still work when we know who's behind them?

2017 - BSc thesis - Effects of social norms on future planned and long-term environmental behaviour. (secondary)

2017 - BSc thesis - Who says what? Influences on personal decision making in social media: The role of dissent. (secondary)

2016/7 - MSc thesis - How to teach non-linearity: Improving time loss estimations in a driving scenario

2016/7 - BSc thesis - HELDenhafte Umgehung des Moral Licensing Effekts: Der Einfluss eines Labels auf
zukünftiges moralisches Handeln

2016/7 - MSc thesis - Can descriptive social norms disarm moral licensing

2015/6 - BSc level - independent study: Body language and power posing in soccer

2014/5 - BSc level - independent study: Construal level effects on imagery use in soccer

2013/4 - BSc level - independent study: Construal level effects on imagery use in hockey