Possible BA's/MA's Thesis Topics

We offer a supervision for theses dealing with the following topics (additional topics may be possible upon request):

 

Betreuer: Martin Fischer (martinf@uni-potsdam.de)

  • Action simulation: we use grip force, eye tracking, and various behavioural measures to understand what goes on in the mind when people comprehend spoken or written language, including arithmetic. Example paper: https://doi.org/10.1177/174702181880925
  • Role of the body for cognition: we manipulate body parts (posturing, blocking, …) to see if this affects various cognitive tasks. Examples include how finger movements affect calculation, or how we attend differently to things near our hands (e.g., on tablets), or how breathing affects cognition. Example paper: doi.org/10.1007/s00221-021-06147-z
  • Control of physical distance, for example when touching humanoid robots. Example paper: doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00749-x
  • I also supervise well-developed research topics proposed by students if they fall within my area of competence (but not on clinical psychology).

 

Supervisor: Elena Kulkova (kulkova@uni-potsdam.de)

  • Non-literal language (e.g., idioms, metaphors, etc.) processing and its neural
    underpinnings;
  • Cross-domain semantic priming: The interplay between language and arithmetic;
  • Hemispheric involvement during processing figurative meaning;
  • Cross-domain semantic priming: The interplay between emotions and arithmetic;
  • Embodied aspects of abstract concepts / abstract language comprehension;
  • Action simulation during language comprehension.

 

Supervisor: Jochen Laubrock (laubrockuni-potsdamde)

  • The attentional blink as a measure of cognitive processing;
  • Measuring expertise using eye tracking;
  • Pupillometry as a measure of cognitive effort;
  • The interface of vision and language: How do we understand visual scenes?
  • The role of prediction in linguistic and visual processing.

 

In case you are interested and/or have questions please refer directly to the supervisor.