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Prof. Ralf Engbert. | Foto: Tobias Hopfgarten

I See What You See - Potsdam Cognitive scientists develop models for predicting eye movements

For some time, cognitive scientists have been focusing on the human gaze, especially when it comes to reading and viewing images and objects. We know... more
Working proactively makes you happier. Photo: AdobeStock/Kenishirotie

Always a step ahead — Why working proactively makes you happier

The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting. This slogan — not carved in stone, but embossed in metal — is on the consultation desk,... more
The team oft he start-up "Humangold". Photo: Patrick Bröker.

That Work Doesn‘t Make You Sick - A Start-up Team at the University of Potsdam Develops App Against Psychostress

Burnout, depression, anxiety: Psychostress pushes more and more working people into early retirement. But what actually is mental stress in the... more
Psychologin Diana Peitz. Photo: Thomas Roese.

Tracking down hunger with nose, ears and heart – Psychologists test a promising new therapeutic approach for eating and weight disorders

A crispy bread roll, a juicy mango, or a warming soup - our food appeals to many senses and usually serves more than just the need to fill the... more
Thanks to its variability, language helps to build bridges. Photo: Fotolia/hurca.com.

Testing the Limits – A Special Research Area Investigates How Flexible Language Really Is

It’s Friday morning at a weekly market in Berlin. Those who visit the Maybachufer market in the district of Neukölln are treated to a little journey... more
Electrodes measure the movements of facial muscles. Photo: Thomas Roese.

Look Into My Eyes?! – A socio-psychological study explores the famous first impression

A glance is enough: in a fraction of a second, we get a first impression of someone – whether we find them likable or unlikable, attractive or... more
Prof. Dr. Florian Weck. Photo: Thomas Roese.

Together Against Anxiety – Florian Weck researches excessive fear of disease and how to train good therapists

When does psychotherapy work and when does it not? What makes a good therapist? And how can their competencies be measured? These questions are on... more
Since 2005 researchers have been continuously examining the development of children and adolescents in the PIER study. Picture: Karla Fritze

The Risk Inside – Psychologists examine which traits promote critical development.

The first data was collected in 2005. By now about 3,000 children and adolescents have participated in the PIER (Potsdamer intrapersonale... more
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. Picture: Karla Fritze

Literature As Nourishment – Research on a New Spatial Understanding of the Holocaust

Trauma and space – literary scholar and philosopher Judith Kasper brings these two terms together in a research project funded by the DFG about the... more
Picture: Karla Fritze

Learning How to Lose Weight

Psychologists in Potsdam have developed a training program for obese young people
They’ve just grown out of children’s shoes and are already too fat. Unfortunately this no longer a rare situation. Pathological obesity at an early... more