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One of our main interests is the assessment of emotional and motivational processes using neuroscientific methods.


A longitudinal study to assess how healthy the citizens of Konstanz are.
The Konstanz Life-Study [Konstanzer Life-Studie] is a prospective cohort-study with citizens from the Konstanz region. In the study, trajectory darta on psychological and physical health including clinical biomarkers, anthropometric and fitness measures is assessed. Data collection started in spring 2012 and further measurements took place in fall 2012, spring 2013, spring 2016 and spring 2017. The next run will take place in spring 2019.

Individual and context-based real-time interventions promoting normal eating and physical activity through mobile technology
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
The project aims to improve health behaviors using mobile technologies (e.g. smartphones). In the project, eating behavior and physical activity are investigated in different contexts like in the family and at the workplace. The project focuses on developing a SMARTACT toolbox to allow real-time behavior assessment and feedback. Furthermore, the toolbox will be economically evaluated.
(funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG)
People all over the world are exposed to many health risks in the form of communicable or non-communicable diseases, injury, violence, or natural catastrophes. To date, the major global risks for mortality are often directly or indirectly related to individual decisions and behaviors. Advancing the understanding of risk perception and its consequences for preventive behavior is therefore highly important, particularly in societies which increasingly expect individuals to take responsibility for their health-related behaviors. The present Research Unit examines the dynamic nature of risk perception and its relation to precautionary behavior across time in the context of mental and physical health, with the long-term goal of advancing and specifying theories on risk perception and health behavior changes to better inform and design effective public health promotion.