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I am a full professor and researcher at the University of Potsdam with diverse interests in sport and exercise psychology. The majority of my research focuses on the link between motivation and health with an emphasis on the role of automatic evaluative processes and affect in exercise behavior change and maintenance. A second focus is on why people use performance enhancing substances (e.g. doping in sport, cognitive enhancement in everyday life). I am fascinated by the possibilities of using reaction time-based and psychophysiological methodology, as they enable us to analyze evaluative processes of the impulsive control system.
I co-lead the ‘Landesteam Sportpsychologie Brandenburg’ and the ‘Zentrum für Praktische Sportpsychologie (ZPS)’, which is responsible for providing sport psychological services to more than 1,200 adolescent and adult elite athletes in Germany’s federal state of Brandenburg (and among them many national team athletes).