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Those who know more about risks are often better able to deal with them. | Photo: AdobeStock / zhukovvvlad

Understanding and Deciding – The Harding Center for Risk Literacy now researches in Potsdam

What are the risks of a diagnosis using artificial intelligence, of health information websites or of health apps? The Harding Center for Risk... more
Dr. Alan Langus | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Rhythm in Mind – How the brain synchronizes with language and music

It penetrates our consciousness, makes us tap our feet, and determines the pulse of our words. Music and language cannot do without it: rhythm. But... more
Getting ready for EEG testing | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

When emotions help to remember – Biological psychologist Mathias Weymar researches the impact of emotions on memory

The day the Berlin Wall fell is remembered by many very vividly: Where they were when they heard about the opening of the border, what they did first,... more
Retreating into the privacy of one's home in times of the corona virus. | Foto: Pixabay/StockSnap

Loss of control and unpredictability – Prof. Dr. Barbara Krahé on the psychosocial consequences of the corona pandemic

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
The coronavirus does not only threaten people's physical health, but also presents them with the great challenge of avoiding personal contacts and... more
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
Proaktiv arbeiten macht besser und zufriedener. Foto: 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
Das Team des Start-up „Humangold“. Foto: 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. Foto: 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
Sprache hilft dank ihrer Variabilität, Brücken zu bauen. Bild: 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
Elektroden messen die Bewegungen der Gesichtsmuskulatur. Foto: 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