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New lab member - Johanna Büchele, MSc.

10/2019 - We are pleased to welcome a new team member! Johanna Büchele is our new Senior Lecturer and will teach students all about personality and assessment. Welcome and all the best for your teaching projects!

> Visit Johanna Büchele's profile

 

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New IKT article published

08/2019 - A new article on ICT has been published recently. It refers to the validation of a short version of the ICTI with only nine items. The aim of the ICTI-screener is to enable a valid and effective screening of early childhood temperament characteristics in order to reduce the risks of possible behavioral problems later in life.

> Read the article


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New lab member - Julia Vigl, MA MSc.

07/2019 - We are pleased to welcome a new team member! Julia Vigl is our new doctoral student and focusses on research in the field of music psychology. Welcome and all the best for your future research projects!

> Visit Julia Vigl's profile


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'The ideal partner image in the age of equality'

06/2019 - At the invitation of Dr. Ursula Beermann, Prof. Marcel Zentner gave a lecture on "The Ideal Partner Image in the Age of Equality" at the colloquium of the Department of Psychology and Medical Sciences of UMIT, Hall in Tirol, on June 18.


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Farewell to Dr. Bruno Gingras

06/2019 - On 6 June, the department organized a farewell party for Dr. Bruno Gingras, who left the department in April this year. We give thanks to four years together, in which exciting research projects have been carried out, and wish Bruno all the best for his further professional career!


 

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Hackathon 'Connective Playthings'

06/2019 - In cooperation with the Holon Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv, as well as the institutes of mathematics and computer science of the University of Innsbruck, a hackathon took place for the second time this year. Within four days, the students developed prototype interactive objects for children with and without disabilities at the FabLab in Innsbruck.

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Workshop 'Music & Emotion'

05/2019 - As part of the series "Psychology and Beyond", organized by Innsbruck Goes International (IGI), the faculty held a workshop on the basics of music psychology again this year. The workshop covered various topics including the measurement of musical abilities as well as the physical and psychological effects of music.

> More about IGI

 

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'Early childhood poverty and cognitive functioning in late adolescence'

04/2019 - At the beginning of April, Hannah Strauss traveled to the 3rd World Conference on Personality in Hanoi to present the preliminary results of her research project on the impact of early childhood poverty experience on cognitive development.

 

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Poster presentation at the ICPS2019 in Paris

03/2019 - A group of interns and Hannah Strauss traveled to ICPS2019 in Paris to present preliminary results of a current research project. The analyzes dealt with the relationship between music preferences, genre and emotional perception (Vivienne Biedermann), the impact of musical expertise on the emotional perception of classical music (Maximilian Dick) and the relationship between tempo and emotional perception of pieces of music of different genres (Jana Serebriakova). Pedro Fernandes Duartes also presented a research project on the relationship between birth order, personality and humor.

 

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Prototype presentation at the AIANI birthday party

01/2019 - In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel as well as five years of the Austria Israel Academic Network Innsbruck (AIANI), the Israeli Ambassador H.E. Talya Lador-Fresher visited the University of Innsbruck on January 14. In the presence of many well-known guests, including Mayor Georg Willi, Honorary President of the Jewish Community of Tyrol and Vorarlberg Dr. Esther Fritsch, Rector Tilmann Märk and Vice Rector Ulrike Tanzer, students and lecturers of the "Enabling Music" project presented selected prototypes of the hackathon.

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Hands-on 'e-exams'

11/2018 - As part of the 2018 Teaching Day, the faculty dealt with the possibilities of digitization in teaching. Lecturers of both departments presented practical examples of the integration of new methods into teaching. Bruno Gingras and Hannah Strauss elaborated on possibilities of e-exams.

 

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Prototype presentation at the Förderkreis birthday party

10/2018 - On October 24, Förderkreis 1669Wissenschafft Gesellschaft celebrated its third birthday and invited all sponsors and representatives of the sponsored projects. Students and supervisors of the "Enabling Music" project presented selected prototypes of the hackathon. Supporters were obviously excited about the results of the innovative teaching project.

> More information [German only]

 

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Farewell to Dr. Ursula Beermann

07/2018 - On July 2, the laboratory organized a farewell party for Dr.Ursula Beermann, who resigns from her position as a Senior Lecturer by the end of the summer. Members of the department and students celebrated three years together, in which Ursula made a valuable contribution to teaching at the department. We are grateful for the wonderful time with Ursula and wish her much success for her further professional career!

 

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Workshop 'How to approach a developmental question?'

06/2018 - In his workshop “How to approach a developmental question? Lessons from longitudinal and genetically informative designs”, Prof. Dr. Ariel Knafo-Noam addressed concerns and some potential approaches to studying human development, drawing on his work on the development of personality for practical examples.

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'Empathy: Nature & Nurture'

06/2018 -  Why do we care for others? And why are some individuals more compassionate than others? In his lecture on June 11, Prof. Dr. Ariel Knafo-Noam (Laboratory of Social Development, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) reported on his research on values, altruism, empathy and other aspects of prosociality.

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Workshop 'Music & Emotion'

05/2018 - What distinguishes music from sound? Where does music come from? How to assess musical abilities? What are the effect of music on the body and the brain? On May 9, Hannah Strauss dealt with the basics of music psychology as part of the workshop series “Psychology and Beyond”, organized by Innsbruck Goes International (IGI). As part of IGI's exchange week, more than 35 students from all over Europe come to Innsbruck every year to exchange ideas with local psychology students.

 

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Hackathon 'Enabling Music'

03/2018 - In cooperation with the Holon Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv, and the departments of mathematics and computer science of the University of Innsbruck, a multidisciplinary hackathon took place for the first time in Tel Aviv. Within four days, twenty students from Austria, Germany and Israel developed a prototype of a music-based interaction object for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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'Human vs. artificial emotion recognition'

01/2018 - Within the framework of a panel discussion, Prof. Dr. med. Justus Piater (Intelligent and Interactive Systems, University of Innsbruck) and Dr. Katja Schlegel (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences & University of Bern) addressed the strengths and weaknesses of machine emotion recognition. The podium discussion took place on January 18 as part of lectures by Ursula Beermann and Hannah Strauss.


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Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh

Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh

12/2017 - Do men just go for looks? Do women just go for status? Writing for the Aeon magazine, Marcel Zentner explains why our assumptions about heterosexual dating practices need to be reconsidered, and how our mating behavior might change in the next 100 years.

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Are we musical animals?

12/2017 - Quantifying the musical phenotype: A musico-cognitive perspective . On the 7th of December 2017, Dr. Bruno Gingras gives a keynote talk on how to define and assess musical ability at the SMART Animals conference at the University of Amsterdam.

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New article on PROMS-S and Mini-PROMS

07/2017 - A new article on the PROMS has been published recently. It describes the development and validation of the PROMS-S and the Mini-PROMS and thus is a valuable source of information for both researchers already using the PROMS and researchers looking for means to assess musical perception ability objectively and quickly.

> Read the article (Open Access)

 

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Looking for psychological tests?

07/2017 - Finding psychological tests at the University of Innsbruck is now easier than ever. A new listing allows to search all avalilable tests by categories. This allows users to get a quick overview on all available tests and their fields of application. Work is still in progress - yet, all available tests published from 2001 onwards have been catalogued.

> Find tests (German only)


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The world is upside down - The Innsbruck Goggle Experiments

05/2017 - In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Pierre Sachse, Dr. Markus Martini, Thomas Maran, MSc, Markus Domeier, MSc and Prof. Dr. Marco Furtner, MAS MBA, Dr. Ursula Beermann took a look at the historic Innsbruck Goggle Experiments. Learn more about the history of psychological research in Innsbruck, which constitutes a milestone in cognitive psychology.

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Hypo Tirol research funding for Dr. Bruno Gingras

04/2017 - Each year the Hypo Tirol Bank suppors selected projects of young junior researchers. This year, Dr. Bruno Gingras was awarded € 2.400 for his project "Do musically-induced emotions influence eye movements?". Congratulations!

> More information (German only)


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Measuring the emotional power of music

01/2017 - In exploring the psychological bases of human musicality, research expands simplistic categories of emotions, producing advanced tools which can sort feelings evoked by music and assess the emotional benefits of musical abilities. In his interview with Frontiers in Psychology, Prof. Dr. Marcel Zentner presents his research instruments in detail.

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What do facial expressions tell us?

12/2016 - TV-series such as “Lie to Me” suggest that facial expressions can always be accurately deciphered. Dr. Cathrin Schiestl and Dr. Ursula Beermann take a look at the actual state of research on facial expressions in their article published in the journal Psychologie in Österreich.

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Canada-Award 2016 for Dr. Bruno Gingras

11/2016 - On the 30th of November 2016, Dr. Bruno Gingras received the Canada Award by the Center for Canada Studies for his article "Linking Melodic Expectation to Expressive Performance Timing and Perceived Musical Tension". The awards will be granted to outstanding young scientists for an academic thesis that is clearly focused on Canada-related topics, or the result of a close collaboration with Canadian partners.


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Gender und Leadership

11/2016 - Even after the US presidential elections, gender and leadership remains a highly topical issue. Well-known social psychologist Prof. Dr. Alice Eagly from the Northwestern University has examined the influence of gender on various spheres of life for years. On the 21st of November 2016, she visited the University of Innsbruck to present her research on gender differences in the working place.

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Emotionsregulation bei Personen mit Autismus Spektrum Störungen

10/2016 - Andrea Samson, PhD from the Swiss Center for Affective Science visited the University of Innsbruck for a talk on emotional reactivity and emotion regulation of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In particular, presented her research on adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and emotion regulation training in individuals with ASD.

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The Appeal of Music

10/2016 - Light and relaxing, sad or thrilling – music has a major impact on us. Marcel Zentner, Professor at the University of Innsbruck, examines music’s influence on the human mind with a team of dedicated collaborators and students. For more detailed information, have a look at the video below (English subtitles available).

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More than a lovely face

02/2016 - Brains over beauty? But we all know that guys are hardwired for pretty faces and shapely bodies when it comes to choosing a mate, right? Review of research shows “unsuspected speed” toward gender equality in choosing mates.

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