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Jan Ries

Lab Manager


Campus Golm
Building 14, Room 2.10

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25
14476 Potsdam


by appointment

About Me

I'm a trained cognitive and neuropsychologist with a marked preference for the technical aspects of research. Whenever possible I prefer automating a task to doing it myself, so consequently I embraced programming during my studies. Through this I specialized in providing technical assistance at all stages of the research process: from generating stimulus material & programming experiments to processing, aggregating, & analyzing large amounts of data and up to the visualization of data for dynamic inspection or print.

In the past, this gave me the opportunity to work on a wide range of topics – including mathematical thinking, psycholinguistics, environmental psychology, and sociology of health – and with a variety of different methods such as pupillometry, eye tracking, or fMRI. I continue to work with EEG & NIRS in Prof. Dr. Wartenburger's Neurocognition of Language group.

In my position as lab manager of LOLA, I am able to expand my methods to the recording and processing of acoustic signals, video recordings, and ultrasound data. I am especially interested in developing methods to enable synchronization and integration of the various data streams and to automate feature detection.


Diploma in Psychology, specializing in Cognitive Neuropsychology
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Research experience

Student research assistant in a research project on the nature of mathematical thinking.
Cognitive Psychology Lab, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Research assistant doing pupillometric work researching the connection between time perspective and pro-environmental behavior
Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

Since 2013
Lab manager for Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger and the NOLA lab.
Psycholinguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany


2011-2012: Cognitive Psychology
Seminars on Executive Functions and Embodied Cognition


Bos, L.S., Wartenburger, I., Ries, J., Bastiaanse, R. (2014). The neural correlates of reference to the past. Front. Psychol. Conference Abstract: Academy of Aphasia – 52nd Annual Meeting. doi: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2014.64.00078

Milfont, T.L., Evans, L., Sibley, C.G., Ries, J., Cunningham, A. (2014) Proximity to Coast Is Linked to Climate Change Belief.PLoS ONE, 9(7): e103180. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103180

Bornemann, B., Foth, M., Horn, J., Ries, J., Warmuth, E., Wartenburger, I., van der Meer, E. (2010) Mathematical cognition: individual differences in resource allocation ZDM, 42(6): 555-567. doi: 10.1007/s11858-010-0253-x

Van Der Meer, E., Beyer, R., Horn, J., Foth, M., Bornemann, B., Ries, J., Kramer, J., Warmuth, E., Heekeren, H. R. and Wartenburger, I. (2010) Resource allocation and fluid intelligence: Insights from pupillometry.Psychophysiology, 47(1): 158–169. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00884.x


Diploma thesis: Resources & Strategies – A combined pupillometry and eye movement study on individual differences in fluid intelligence, resource allocation and use of strategies in a geometric reasoning task.