DSP-Research Group

Brain, Behavior & Health


Individual health has many sources and thus various disciplines make essential contributions to its understanding. Cognitive-affective neural functioning provides the basis for human contact with the environment and uncovers the neural sources and guiding computational principles of our representations of the outer world. Fundamental psychological domains such as cognition, language, sensory perception, consciousness have generated complementary (but also competing) views on how representations of our inner and outer environment influence important end states such as mental and physical health and individual and collective wellbeing. Central end states studied within this DSP include emotions, mental disorders, eating, physical activity, social cognition, and occupational communication, all of which are influenced by – and in turn impact on – such basic cognitive-affective processes.

The present DSP unites research methodologies that range from more fundamental cognitive and physiological domains to overt behaviours such as health related, social and occupational behaviours. Consequentially, PhD projects range from fundamental to more applied themes. Centring on all major disciplines of psychology, but extending beyond it with regard to neuropsychiatric health, exercise science, neurolinguistics, and occupational health this DSP holds the potential of widening the fellows’ views beyond their areas of expertise and therefore provides a solid basis for interdisciplinary cooperation and post-graduate teaching.

The DSP Brain, Behavior & Health (DSP-BBH) follows on from the DSP Cognitive Neuroscience (DSP-CNS 2017-2021) and DSP Bestehen in modernen Arbeitswelten (BimA): Leben und Arbeiten 4.0 an.

  • Fellows

    Natalie Badstuber
    Topic: Investigating indicators and strategies of task processing by personality and group (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Tuulia Ortner

    Christoph Bamberg
    Topic: Intervallfasten und Kognition: kurz- und mittelfristige Zusammenhänge (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Jens Blechert

    Kaja Benz
    Topic: Speech tracking in Eye movements (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Elena Fischer
    Topic: Neural correlates of prospective coaching (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Eva Jonas

    Christina Fuchs
    Topic: Human-technology interaction and its effects on organizational structures (Economic Sciences)
    Main supervisor: Astrid Reichel

    David Haag
    Topic: Motivational interventions for physical activity
    Main supervisor: Jens Blechert

    Chandra Haider
    Topic: The impact of face masks on speech comprehension in the hearing impaired (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Sabrina Hettegger
    Topic: Post traumatic stress disorder and intrusive memories (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Frank Wilhelm

    Anton Kurapov
    Topic: Anxiety, stress responses and health behavior (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Jens Blechert

    Sarah Nasrouei
    Topic: Fear extinction deficits as an early marker of Alzheimer’s disease (Cognitive Neuroscience)
    Main supervisor: Frank Wilhelm

    Lisa Maria Reisinger
    Topic: “Salzburg Hört”: objectification of tinnitus measurements and hidden hearing loss (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Fabian Schmidt
    Topic: Monitoring hearing-nerve activity as information source for fitting hearing-aids (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Anne Schock
    Topic: Assessment of intra-individual variations in personality and gender role (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Anton Lairaiter

    Tania Valero-Schönhöft
    Main supervisor: Eva Jonas

    Thomas Vikoler
    Topic: The Di-Eu-Stress State Scale (DESS Scale) – Development and Validation of a Scale measuring State Distress and Eustress (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Eva Traut-Mattausch

  • Faculty

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Blechert (DSP Coordinator)
    Assoz. Prof. DDr. Susanne Ring-Dimitriou (DSP Co-coordinator)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Traut-Mattausch (DSP Co-coordinator)

    Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Mario Braun (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Jonas (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tuulia Ortner (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. DDr. Belinda Pletzer (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Astrid Reichel (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dietmar Roehm (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eugen Trinka (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nathan Weisz (Faculty Member)

  • DSP Board of Experts

    Univ.-Prof. Alix Timko, Childrens Hospital Philadelphia, Psychology (US)
    Dr. Arthur Jacobs, Freie Universität Berlin Psychologie, Cognitive Neuroscience (EU)
    Prof. Dr. Markus Quirin, PFH Private Hochschule Göttingen, Social Neuroscience (EU)
    Prof. Dr. Immo Fritsche, University of Leipzig, Social Psychology (EU)
    Univ-Prof. Dr. John Rauthmann, Universität Bielefeld Persönlichkeitspsychologie, Differenzielle Psychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (EU)
    Prof.Dr. Birgit Derndl, Universität Tübingen, Psychiatrie (EU)
    Dr. Verena Bader, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Betriebswirtschaftslehre (EU)
    Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. rer.nat. MPH Sylvia Titze, Universität Graz/Sportwissenschaft, Körperliche Aktivität und Public Health (EU)
    Assoz. Prof. DI Dr. Barbara Wessner, Universität Wien/Sportwissenschaft, Active Ageing (EU)
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. David Thivel, University Clermont, Auvergne Metabolic Adaptation to Exercise under Physio-Pathological Conditions (EU)
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Schleswesky, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia Language comprehension; Language processing models (Australia)
    Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Carsten Schermuly, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences Wirtschaftspsychologie, new work (EU)
    Univ.-Prof. Florian Mormann, Universität Bonn, Neurophysiologie (EU)
    Univ.-Prof. Jonas Obleser, Universität Lübeck, Psychologie (EU)
    Prof. Maria Chait, UCL Ear Institut (UK)
    Prof. Anne Keitel, University Dundee, Psychologie (UK)
    Prof. Joachim Gross, Universität Münster, Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis (EU)
    Prof. Dr. Anke Ehlers, University of Oxford, Psychology (UK)

  • Successfully completed theses

    Ann-Kathrin Arend
    Topic: Emotional Eating Across the Eating Disorder Spectrum – Nomothetic and Idiographic Approaches (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Jens Blechert

    Ya-Ping Chen
    Topic: Degraded Speech Processing in Normal Hearing Population and Single-Sided Deaf Cochlear Implant Users (Cognitive Neuroscience)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Sonja Jungreitmayr
    Topic: ICT-mediated functional fitness programs for people of age (Sports and Exercice Sciences)
    Main supervisor: Susanne Ring-Dimitriou

    Moritz Köhler
    Topic: Beyond the Brain: The Rhythmic Inner Ear and Its Involvement in Selective Listening (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz

    Björn Pannicke
    Topic: The Multifaceted Nature of Affective States in Health Behaviours (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Jens Blechert

    Martin Pühringer
    Topic: Sequencing of Ventilatory Indices and Fatoxidaton (Sports and Exercice Scienes)
    Main supervisor: Susanne Ring-Dimitriou

    Lucas Rainer
    Topic: Ob nicht ein Wort sich selbst schon sprach–Epilepsy and Emotion: Insights into Affective Processing in Patients with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Mario Braun

    Nina Süß
    Topic: Speech perception in the framework of multisensory integration – Insights from healthy and clinical subpopulations (Psychology)
    Main supervisor: Nathan Weisz