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Research & Development

The main research interests of the Cognitive Science Section are in experimental and theoretical cognitive psychology including processes of seeing and hearing. In particular, knowledge structures and their applications, problem solving, and decision making are investigated. We are an interdisciplinary research team of psychologists, computer scientists, and mathematicians.

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Research Topics

  Theory of Knowledge Structures
  Mathematical-psychological models and theories of knowledge structures, especially the Competence-based Knowledge Space Theory (CbKST), are under development. One special focus is on modelling competences and skills in connection with ontologies and action taxonomies. Recent developments include dynamic models that enable sound competence diagnosis as well as adaptive, psycho-pedagogical interventions in continuously changing environments.
  Methods for Generating and Validating Knowledge and Competence Structures
  Based on the Competence-based Knowledge Space Theory (CbKST) domains of knowledge are structured and procedures for creating and evaluating structures empirically are developed. Additionally the evaluation of adaptive systems is investigated and performed.
  Leading research and development of personalised tutorial systems, including game and simulation based learning, self-directed learning, workplace integrated learning, macro and micro adaptivity as well as adaptive knowledge assessment, are aimed at. This is done primarily within interdisciplinary European projects under the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Lifelong Learning (LLP) programs. Remarkable evidence of successful other applications are coming from investigations on the comprehension of graphs, on mothers’ educational values, the cognitive development of children, or the organisational actions.
  Visualization and Human-Computer-Interaction
  Comprehension and production of visualized complex information (e.g. diagrams of ordered sets) are investigated. Human-Computer-Interaction issues are adressed by psychological methods (including an eyetracking system), and methods for evaluating software usage are investigated.
  Processes of seeing and hearing
  In our Eye Tracking Lab we perform experiments in the fields of graph comprehension, visual search, and problem solving. With regard to hearing, the perception of tonal stimuli and its learning-induced changes are investigated with psychoacoustic and brain imaging methods. We are particularly interested in how musical training affects the processing of non-musical acoustic information on a short- and long-term basis.
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