Gerhard Rinkenauer: Associate Professor

Gerhard Rinkenauer has recently been appointed „Associate Professor“ at the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology at the TU Dortmund University. At IfADo, he has been researching the interface between man and technology since 2005. Besides, he has been a lecturer at the TU Dortmund University in the Department of Psychology since 2008.

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How mind wandering is reflected in the brain

It doesn’t matter whether you are already thinking about the end of the day at work or are compiling a shopping list in your head while driving: Everybody wanders with the thoughts. But this can not only reduce your own performance. It can also be dangerous in high-risk work. IfADo psychologist Dr. Stefan Arnau investigated the phenomenon in a recent study in collaboration with researchers of the Heidelberg University. The measurement of alpha power in the brain is therefore a good indicator of thought aberrations. 

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Virtual Working Memory Symposium

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring forth alternative formats for researchers across the globe to connect. Based on the observation that early career researchers, who are even more dependent on conferences and in-person meetings for networking opportunities, Edward Ester (Florida Atlantic University) and Jarrod Lewis-Peacock (University of Texas at Austin) set out to organize a virtual working memory symposium as a venue for trainees to present their work.

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New PhD project: EEG correlates of cognitive resource allocation

Have you ever 

  • been blind to the environment around you as you were so much focused on a difficult or engaging task?
  • written a text in 2 hours for which you normally need 5 days?
  • not been able to receive the full attention of your best friend anymore the moment she/he became a parent? 
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Encoding probability in the brain?

The so-called P300 (or P3b) is the most prominent component in the event-related potential of the EEG. Since decades it is the main psychophysiological measure of processing of task relevant information. Numerous studies in this time have proposed that the amplitude of the P300 is, among others, modulated by the probability of a stimulus. In this recent publication we demonstrate this assumption has to be questioned.

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Communication in times of COVID-19

COVID-19 has substantially changed the way scientists can communicate. Probably for another couple of months, conferences as well as larger meetings with colleagues will be impossible due to travel and assembly restrictions. Therefore we decided to share a new channel of communication with our partners,  friends and everyone who is interested in ergonomics research. Hopefully on a regular basis, news from our department will be presented in this blog. We will inform you about our projects, plans and publications. This cannot replace conferences or meetings but it will be a possibility to stay in touch.