Sinika Timme
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Sinika Timme, M. Sc. Psych.

PhD Student

I am a research associate at the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology with a degree in psychology. Due to own experiences in competitive sports I have always been interested in exercise related behavior.
In my research I am interested in the link between motivation and behavior. I want to answer questions like “Why is it for some people harder than for others to establish an exercise routine?” and thereby helping people to adopt a more active lifestyle. I am fascinated by psychophysiological (e.g. facial expressions) and indirect measures (e.g. the Implicit Association Test) to get a more objective, unbiased indicator of the affective responses to exercise.
I have been part of the SAFE YOU+ project, an EU project aimed at combating doping in recreational and competitive sport.
Currently, I am involved in an International Research Group on COVID and Exercise, examining the impact of the current situation on our exercise behavior and well-being.

Sinika Timme
Photo: Sinika Timme


Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • Brand, R., Timme, S., & Nosrat, S. (2020). When pandemic hits: Exercise frequency and subjective well-being during COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology11, 2391.
  • Chang, Y. K., Hung, C. L., Timme, S., Nosrat, S., & Chu, C. H. (2020). Exercise Behavior and Mood during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan: Lessons for the Future. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17(19), 7092
  • Engel, C., Timme, S., & Glöckner, A. (2020). Coherence-based reasoning and order effects in legal judgments. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law26(3), 333.
  • Timme, S. & Brand, R. (2020). Affect and exertion during incremental physical exercise: Examining changes using automated facial action analysis and experiential self-report. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228739. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0228739

Contributions to Conferences

  • Timme, S. & Brand, B. (2020). „I can see it in your eyes.“ Die Pupillengröße als biometrisches Maß schwindender Selbstkontrollressourcen. Presentation at the 52nd Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (asp), Salzburg, Germany.
  • Timme, S., Regorius, A. & Brand, B. (2020). Der Einfluss von subliminalem Priming auf das affektive Erleben unter moderater körperlicher Belastung auf dem Laufband. Presentation at the 52nd Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (asp), Salzburg, Germany.
  • Timme, S. (2019). The objectivation of exercise-induced affect by facial expressions analysis: a methodological approach. Poster at the 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC), Münster, Germany.
  • Timme, S. & Antoniewicz, F. (2018). It matters whether and how you look into the crystal ball. What influences affective responses when making exercise-related affective forecasts?. Poster at the 50th Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (asp), Cologne, Germany.



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