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Marburg Conference on Expectations and their Violations

Why and when do organisms (humans and animals) modify or maintain generalized expectations in light of adverse evidence? The International Conference on Expectation Violations fosters scientific exchange about the persistence of and the change in expectancies in a variety of research areas (including clinical psychology, educational psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology and biological psychology).

Invited Speakers

·        Helen Cassaday (University of Nottingham, UK, Behavioural Neuroscience)

·        James Cavanagh (University of New Mexico, USA, Cognitive Rhythms and Computation Lab)

·        Carolin Dudschig (Universität Tübingen, Language and Cognition)

·       Christopher Stolz (University of Magdeburg, Germany)

·        Judith Homberg (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, Behavioural Neurogenetics)

·        Agnes Moors (KU Leuven, Belgium, Social and Cultural Psychology)

·        Christian Panitz (University of Bremen, Emotion and Attention)

·        Terry Robinson (University of Michigan, USA, Behavioral Neuroscience)

·        Mathias Scharinger (University of Marburg, Phonetics)

·        Maria Willadsen (University of Marburg, Behavioral Neuroscience)


Talks were held in the Dekanatssaal (ground floor) of the Psychology Department in Gutenbergstraße 18 - 35032 Marburg.

  • TUESDAY (18.7.)

    18:00 Get Together for guests who have already arrived. Going out for dinner with RTG members in small groups

  • WEDNESDAY (19.7.)

    13:30 – 14:00 Welcome by Sarah Teige-Mocigemba & Erik Müller

    14:00 – 14:45 Carolin Dudschig (Universität Tübingen, Germany)
                          "Meaning in the N400: What can distributional language models tell us?”
                          Chair: Dominik Endres

    14:45 – 15:30 Mathias Scharinger (University of Marburg, Germany)
                          “What can be learnt from expectation violations during speech perception    
                           and language comprehension? A neurolinguistic perspective”
                           Chair: Dominik Endres

    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

    16:00 – 16:30 Anna Szép (University of Marburg, Germany)
                          "ADHD in the virtual classroom: Introducing a new research tool to explore the
                          effects of diagnostic label of ADHD in schools"
                          Chair: Hanna Christiansen

    16:30 – 17:30 Anna Szép (University of Marburg, Germany)
                          Guided Tour and Demo in the VR-Lab
                          Chair: Christine Ulrich

    17:30 – 18:00 Break

    18:00 – 20:00 Poster Session

    Chrys Gesualdo -
    “Predictors of Coping with Health-Related Expectation Violations Among University Students”
    Nino Sharvashidze -
    “Transsaccadic perception of changes in image regularity”
    Yannik Bendel -
    “Better than expected? - Predictors of coping with expectation violations in the communication about death and dying”
    Oliver Schmidt -
    “The Repetition-Based Truth Effect: Reduced Discrimination Ability or a Shift in Response Bias?”
    Aylin Hanne -
    “Selection errors: How do target and distractor features affect
    attentional capture and learning of spatial distractor regularities?”
    Kiara Roth -
    “Maintaining Political Stereotypes: Causal Attributions of Stereotype-Relevant Information”
    Katharina Borgolte -
    “The Relationship Between Sport-related Expectancies
    and Sport Behavior in Adolescents”
    Anna Seewald -
    “Positive Outcome Expectations, Alliance, and Motivation can be Enhanced by the Therapist's Warmth and Competence”
    Ena Alcan -
    “Observational Fear Learning of Interoceptive Threat”
    Martin Pietzsch - “
    Coping With Violated Expectations: Combining the ViolEx Model and the Covariation Principle”
    Nick Augustat -
    “Uncertainty of treatment efficacy enhances placebo effects on reinforcement learning”
    Sahar Aghajari - “
    Please don’t stop the music – the effect of changes in background music on the recovery of an extinguished response in human predictive learning”

  • THURSDAY (20.7.)

    09:00 – 09:45 Terry Robinson (University of Michigan, USA)
                          "Individual Variation in Behavioral and Neural Responses to Expected
                           Chair: Nick Augustat

    09:45 – 10:30 Helen Cassaday (University of Nottingham, UK)
                          “Pavlovian inhibitory learning in humans and rats: From personality and
                           neurodiversity to dopaminergic substrates?”
                           Chair: Nick Augustat

    10:30 – 11:15 Coffee Break

    11:15 – 11:45 Christopher Stolz (University of Magdeburg, Germany)         
                         “Electrocortical positive prediction error processing in threat avoidance
                          versus monetary reward learning”
                          Chair: Oliver Schmidt

    11:45 – 12:00 Break

    12:00- 12:30 Maria Willadsen (University of Marburg, Germany)
                        „Expectations of a PhD - Insights from Rats, Retreats and RTGs“
                         Chair: Mathangi Thiruvaiyaru Ganesan           

    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 – 15:30 PhD-Symposium/ Chair: Kiara Roth

    14:00 – 14:30 Dhanaraaj Raghuveer
                          „Active Inference as a general computational theory of Expectations“
    14:30 – 15:00 Larissa Henß
                          "Predictors of Coping with Expectation Violations"
    15:00 – 15:30  Li-Ching Chuang
                           “Antidepressant treatment expectation’s effect on mood and heart rate”

    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break                    

    16:00 – 16:30 Christian Panitz (University of Bremen, Germany)
                          “From prediction error to fear: conditioned responses to threat”
                          Chair: Li-Ching Chuang

    16:30 – 18:00 Judith Homberg (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
                          “Your perception is not mine: the role of serotonin in sensory processing”
                           Chair: Markus Wöhr

    18:00 Conference Dinner

  • FRIDAY (21.7.)

    09:00 – 09:45 Agnes Moors (KU Leuven, Belgium)
                          “Towards a goal-directed model of emotional and maladaptive behavior in
                          daily life and psychopathology”
                          Chair: Massimo Köster

    09:45 – 10:30 James Cavanagh (University of New Mexico, USA)
                          “Event-related EEG responses reflect prediction errors across the cortical
                           Chair: Erik Müller

    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:00 – 12:30 PhD-Symposium/ Chair: Katharina Borgolte

    11:00 – 11:45 Mathangi Thiruvaiyaru Ganesan
                          “Effect of reward insensitivity on expectation violation in rodents”       

    11:45 – 12:30 Larissa Knöchelmann
                          "Allowing Expectation Violations: Intellectual Humility in
                           Controversial Political Discussions"

    12:30 Closing remarks Sarah Teige-Mocigemba & Erik Müller

    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 City tour for invited speakers