Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser

Professorship for Research Methods and Psychological Assessment
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
L 13, 15 – Room 520
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Fri 11 a.m. – 12 noon

Research interests

  • Item Response theory und analysis of latent response process
  • Statistical modelling of cognitive processes
  • Episodic memory, prospective memory, and metacognition
  • Contingency learning, judgement and decision making
  • Selected Publications

    • Böckenholt, U. & Meiser, T. (2017). Response style analysis with threshold and multiprocess IRT models: A review and tutorial. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 70, 159–181. DOI: 10.1111/bmsp.12086
    • Bott, F. M., Heck, D. W., Meiser, T. (2020). Parameter validation in hierarchical MPT models by functional dissociation with continuous covariates: An application to contingency inference. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 98, ArtID: 102388. DOI: 10.1016/
    • Fiedler, K., Freytag, P., & Meiser, T. (2009). Pseudocontingencies: An integrative account of an intriguing cognitive illusion. Psychological Review, 116, 187–206. DOI: 10.1037/a0014480
    • Henninger, M. & Meiser, T. (2020). Different approaches to modeling response styles in Divide-by-Total Item Response Theory models (Part I): A model integration. Psychological Methods, 25(5), 560–576. DOI: 10.1037/met0000249
    • Meiser, T. (2011). Much pain, little gain? Paradigm-specific models and methods in experimental psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 183–191.  DOI: 10.1177/1745691611400241
    • Meiser, T., Plieninger, H., & Henninger, M. (2019). IRTree models with ordinal and multi-dimensional decision nodes for response styles and trait-based rating responses. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 72, 501–516. DOI: 10.1111/bmsp.12158
    • Meiser, T., & Reiber, F. (2023). Item-specific factors in IRTree models: When they matter and when they don’t [Commentary on Lyu, Bolt & Westby (2023)]. Psychometrika, 88, 739–744. DOI: 10.1007/s11336-023-09916-7
    • Meiser, T., Rummel, J., & Fleig, H. (2018). Pseudocontingencies and choice behavior in probabilistic environments with context-dependent outcomes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44, 50–67. DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000432
    • Meiser, T., Sattler, C., & Weißer (2008). Binding of multidimensional context information as a distinctive characteristic of remember judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34, 32–49. DOI: 10.1037/0278-7393.34.1.32
    • Merhof, V. & Meiser, T. (2023). Dynamic response strategies: Accounting for response process heterogeneity in IRTree decision nodes. Psychometrika, 88, 1354–1380. DOI: 10.1007/s11336-023-09901-0
    • Rummel, J., & Meiser, T. (2016). Spontaneous prospective-memory processing: Unexpected fluency experiences trigger erroneous intention executions. Memory & Cognition, 44, 89–103. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-015-0546-y
    • Schreiner, M., Meiser, T. (2023). Measuring binding effects in event-based episodic representations. Behavior Research Methods, 55, 981–996. DOI: 10.3758/s13428-021-01769-1