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Theses

Overview

Theses in the psychology of perception are fundamentally empirical in nature - i.e. you will collect data for a study and evaluate it independently. Depending on the topic, you have a permanent contact person who will accompany you through this process.

No programming knowledge is required if you want to complete your thesis in our department. The experiments are programmed by us and the data will be prepared in such a way that they can be analyzed in SPSS by students. If you are explicitly interested in getting involved in programming or in analyzing the data with your own scripts in R, Matlab, or Python, we are also happy to support you. 

Our employees have different expertise and we use various methods. If one of our research topics has aroused your interest, please contact the respective contact person on the studies page - there are often small follow-up studies that are suitable for both bachelor's and master's theses. You will also find a list of current and concrete projects here.

Current projects

We have multiple topics and projects for thesises. Below you can see the current list of projects for the upcoming winter semester 2021/22 (last updated 12.21).

Topic B.Sc. / M.Sc. Contact

Explicit and implicit learning in temporal adaptation

If the computer mouse is moving oddly slow, we can overcome this artificial delay by adapting our behavior – to a certain degree to our knowledge (explicit adaptation), and to a certain extend unconsciously (implicit adaptation). In this study we want to test which of these two processes acts when, and in how far they alter subsequent behavior or even perception.

B.Sc. / M.Sc. Nadine Schlichting
Saccades are rapid, conjugated eye movements in order to align the central area of the fovea with visual targets. The effect of compression for saccadic eye movements has been shown in multiple experiments: visual stimuli that are presented at the beginning of a saccadic eye movement are seen compressed towards the destination of the saccade. The aim of the study is to find out whether such compression can be influenced by the adaptation of moving stimuli. The experiments are performed with the help of an eye tracker.  B.Sc. / M.Sc. Clara Fritz
Humans are accurate at using rapid eye movements (saccades) to focus on a target. It turns out that saccadic adaptation (unconscious change in saccade execution) affects visual perceptual performance. However, what happens when the target is not precise and the saccade is consequently less accurately? How does an inaccurate saccade in the previous trial affect the perceptual performance in the current trial? Eye movements will be measured by using eyetracking. The thesis can start immediately.  B.Sc. / M.Sc. Sandra Tyralla
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