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Our current PhD Students

Second Cohort (2020-2023)

First Cohort (2017-2020)

Former PhD Students

  • Philipp Berg

    Project: "Expectation and selective attention"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anna Schubö

  • Dr. Nils Bergmann

    Thesis Title: "How the visual environment shapes attention: The role of context in attention guidance" 

    Project: "Expectation and selective attention"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anna Schubö

  • Dr. Annuska Berz

    Project: "Investigation of expectation violation in laboratory rats: incentive salience, signal detection and the role of ultrasound vocalizations"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarting

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  • Dr. Marcel Binz

    Marcel Binz

    Marcel Binz was a PhD student in Research Training Group (RTG) 2271 "Maintenance vs. change of expectations in the context of expectation violations". Before starting his doctoral studies in Marburg he has earned a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and a Master's degree in Machine Learning from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is interested in building computational models of human behavior, for which he relies on tools from Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Bayesian inference and information theory. His work focused on combining the idea of resource rationality with models that learn useful inductive biases from experience. Using this approach he demonstrated that many heuristics and biases observed in human behavior can be understood as a form of rational decision-making when taking limited computational resources into account. In the future he hopes to find out more about why we do the things we do.

    Project: "Do Bayesian and associative models of learning explain individual differences in retrospective revaluation?"

    Thesis Title: "Principles of Human Learning"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dominik Endres

  • Florence Bockting

    Project: "Cognitive and Statistical Modeling of Subjective Expectations"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Heck

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  • Dr. Kristina Braun- Koch

    Project: "Maintaining (versus modifying) critical attitudes towards psychotherapy"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Winfried Rief

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  • Dr. Merle Buchholz

    Merle Buchholz

    Merle Buchholz was a PhD student in the Research Training Group 2271 (“Breaking Expectations”) at Philipps-University Marburg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (2012-2016) and a Master’s degree (2016-2017) in Psychology from Philipps-University Marburg. In her Master’s thesis, she conducted an experimental study on moral self-regulation to investigate how prospective moral and immoral deeds influence current behavior. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she worked as a student research assistant in the Psychological Methods working group, where she gained a broad experience in the field of data analyses and held courses for first semester students on “mathematics for psychologists”.

    In her PhD project, titled "Cause and Effect in Victim Sensitivity: Analyses of Associated Social-Cognitive Processes", Merle examined social-cognitive processes underlying the persistence (vs. change) of untrustworthiness expectancies in the context of expectancy violations. Here, she was mainly interested in how the stabilization of negative expectations about other people’s trustworthiness is influenced by a dispositional sensitivity to injustice from a victim’s perspective (victim sensitivity). In addition, she teaches courses on multivariate analysis and methodology (i.e., critical reading of scientific articles).

    Research Interests:
    - (Victim) Justice Sensitivity
    - Social Cognition
    - Expectation Maintenance vs. Expectation Change
    - Moral Licensing vs. Moral Cleansing

    Project: "Social-cognitive processes underlying the persistence of (un)trustworthiness expectations"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer

  • Midhula Chandran

    Project: "Do Bayesian and associative models of learning explain individual differences in retrospective revaluation?"

    Supervisor: Dr. Anna Thorwart

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  • Dr. Martina Dort

    Martina Dort

    Martina was a PhD student in the project “ADHD in the classroom” that belongs to the departments of clinical child and adolescent psychology and educational psychology. The project is part of the RTG "Maintenance vs. change of expectations in the context of expectation violations" funded by the DFG. 
    Martina holds a bachelor’s and  master’s degree in psychology from the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen. During her studies she worked as an assistant in a practice for child and adolescent psychiatry. Additionally she did internships in school psychology and a clinic for psychiatry.

    Her research project investigated the relationship between teachers’ expectations respectively attitude towards pupils with ADHD and their use of evidence based classroom interventions in this context.
    Next to her PhD at the University of Marburg she was doing her traineeship as a child and youth psychotherapist at the related outpatient department.

    Thesis Title: "ADHS im Klassenzimmer: Die Einstellung von Lehrkräften zu Schülerinnen und Schülern mit einer Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit-/Hyperaktivitätsstörung sowie zu entsprechenden Classroom-Management-Strategien"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanna Christiansen

  • Dr. Markus Ebeling

    Thesis Title: "Parental Expectations : Intercultural Perspectives and Parents of Children with a Mental Disorder" (2020)

    Project: "Age differences and age-related changes in the persistence of expectations"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Pinquart

  • Tobias Redecker

    Project: "Expectation maintenance vs. change in animal models: Serotonin-orchestrating, associative learning and neuronal plasticity processes"

    Supervisor: Dr. Markus Wöhr

  • Dr. Karoline Körfer

    Karoline Körfer

    In 2017, Karoline reached her Master´s degree in Psychology at Marburg University. In May 2017 she started her work as a PhD student at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Marburg, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Julia Glombiewski and Prof. Dr. Harald Lachnit. Karoline is currently engaged in a research training group (RTG 2271) on “Maintenance vs. change of expectations in the context of expectation violations” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her PhD project aims to investigate the reasons for failure of exposure treatments for persons suffering from chronic back pain, as well as the role of expectations in this context. Since 2017, she participates in a Postgraduate Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and cycling.

    Research Interests: 
    - Exposure-based treatments in chronic back pain
    - Expectations // expectation violation
    - Reasons for treatment failures in chronic back pain
    - Learning deficits in classical conditioning in chronic back pain
    - Mechanisms of action of exposure therapy in chronic back pain
    - Self-concept in individuals suffering from chronic back pain

    Thesis Title: "Die Entstehung, Aufrechterhaltung und Therapie chronischer Schmerzen im Kontext von Erwartungsverletzungen" (2020)

    Project: "When and why does exposure therapy fail in patients with chronic back pain?"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julia Glombiewski

  • Dr. David Torrents Rodas

    In his PhD project, David studied the role of prediction error, or expectation violation, in the dynamic allocation of attention. He used eye-tracking to measure attention while participants learned to predict important outcomes by means of visual cues. His project was grounded on the research tradition of associative learning; an area that interests David, because it provides a basis for studying behavior in a parsimonious and empirically rigorous way. David did a previous PhD in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, on the topic of human fear conditioning and risk factors for anxiety disorders, and he continued to collaborate with researchers from that area. He also worked as a researcher in mental health in people with intellectual disability.

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    Project: "Prediction error and overt attention to relevant and irrelevant cues"

    Thesis title: Prediction error and overt attention to relevant and irrelevant cues: Evidence for an interaction of two associability mechanisms"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harald Lachnit

  • Dr. Adrian Rothers

    Project: "Intervention strategies against the immunization of intergroup expectations"

    Working title of thesis: "What makes people feel respected? Relationship-specific respect expectations in political discussions and beyond"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs

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  • Dr. Lena Sarter

    Lena Sarter

    Project: "Maintaining (versus modifying) critical attitudes towards psychotherapy"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Winfried Rief

  • Dr. Nivethini Sangarapillai

    Project: "Investigation of expectation violation in laboratory rats: incentive salience, signal detection and the role of ultrasound vocalizations"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarting

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  • Dr. Matthias Sperl

    Project: "Individual differences in stability and change of expectations - What is the role played by personality traits and serotonin?"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Erik Müller

  • Dr. Anna Enrica Strelow

    Project: "ADHD in the classroom"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanna Christiansen

  • Dr. Maria Willadsen

    Project: "Expectation maintenance vs. change in animal models: Serotonin-orchestrating, associative learning and neuronal plasticity processes"

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Wöhr

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