Topics for Theses

On this page you will find suggested topics for theses (bachelor, master and diploma theses), which can also be researched during research internships.

For further information on the topics, please contact the respective contact person or e-mail us. If you are interested, please contact us at any time.

If you have a suggestion on your own, we are open to your ideas. We prefer to supervise theses concerning basic and applied cognitive psychology or differential psychology.

Dr. Martin Brandt

  • Effects of perceptual grouping on short-term visual memory.
  • How stable are object representations within object-based attention paradigms?
  • Is there a revelation effect for non-episodic memory tasks?
  • The influence of the processing of problem-solving tasks on memory performance in free reproduction tasks.
  • Empirical testing of model predictions of a global memory model.

Dr. Julia Groß

  •  (When) Is hindsight bias a by-product of knowledge updating?
  • How can hindsight bias be reduced or eliminated (debiasing)?
  • Is hindsight bias individually stable?
  • How does presenting single facts (seeding) change underlying domain knowledge?
  • What are the mechanisms of attention bias modification?   


Prof. Dr. Beatrice Kuhlmann

  • Source forgetting: Do we first forget source details (e.g. speaker) before forgetting the information per se or do we forget the entire event (information + source) at once – and do older adults forget much faster?
  • Sleep & Memory: How does age-related change in sleep affect our memory performance? 
  • Test-format-expectation: Can younger and older adults optimally prepare for a specific memory test format?


Dr. Lena Nadarevic

  • What cognitive mechanism underlies the memory advantage for emotional negative stimuli? 
  • How are truth and falsitiy represented in memory? 
  • What context factors affect truth judgments? 
  • What influence does processing of foreign languages have on memory and judgment processes?


Dr. Monika Undorf

  • To what extent can people correctly assess their cognitions and control them effectively?
  • Training programs for the correct assessment of own learning and memory processes
  • What influence does the personality have on the human ability to assess and control one's own cognitions?