MSc Health and Social Psychology,
2013-2014 Maastricht University
MSc Cognitive and Media Science, Major: Social Psychology,
2011-2013, University of Duisburg-Essen
BSc Cognitive and Media Science,
2008-2011, University of Duisburg-Essen
In the area of health promotion social cognitive models are mostly used in order to explain and change health-related behaviors. Explicit cognitions such as attitudes, self-efficacy, and action planning are the focus of these models.
Another approach in this area is the implicit approach which assumes that behavior can also be explained and changed via implicit, mostly less conscious and more automatic cognitions. The interaction between implicit and explicit cognitions is hardly researched.
The aim of my PhD project is to shed light on this interaction as well as to develop or extend a model that integrates both explicit and implicit cognitions in order to be better able to understand, predict, and change behavior, especially health-related behavior.