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Modeling cognition and social cognition

In line with the research foci of most members of the SMiP group, the majority of proposals for possible thesis topics focus on cognition and social cognition. We outline seven proposals for developing new models of cognitive processes involved in recognition memory, recall from episodic memory, decision strategy choice, advice seeking for decisions, attention, and implicit association tasks. Each of these proposals provides a framework for several theses in principle. In addition, we propose seven applications of existing MPT models, diffusion models, and (generalized) hierarchical models to research questions in the fields of cognitive aging, sleep effects on episodic memory, decision making, subliminal priming, task switching, evaluative conditioning, and moral judgment.


Possible model development projects

Integration of response times in threshold models of recognition memory (Advisors: Erdfelder, Klauer).

Multinomial processing-tree models of implicit measures of social cognition with response-latency modeling (Advisors: Klauer, Erdfelder).

Separation of storage and retrieval in episodic memory (Advisors: Bröder, Erdfelder, Klauer).

Identification and separation of decision making processes (Advisors: Hilbig, Bröder, Erdfelder).

Extending diffusion model analyses to more complex decision making (Advisors: Voss, Klauer).

Parameter estimation and model testing of time-varying diffusion processes in cognitive conflict tasks (Advisors: Ulrich, Voss).

Modeling information uptake in an advice seeking paradigm (Advisors: Hütter, Voss).


Possible model application projects

Item versus source forgetting rates (Advisors: Kuhlmann, Bröder, Klauer, Voss).

The sleep benefit in episodic memory: Does sleep improve maintenance in memory, retrieval from memory, or both? (Advisors: Erdfelder, Ulrich, Kuhlmann).

Analysis of dynamic attentional processes in decision making and memory with generalized hierarchical models (Advisors: Meiser, Hilbig, Voss).

Analysis of interpersonal, item-specific, and dynamic predictors of subliminal priming effects (Advisors: Kiesel, Klauer).

Modeling of task choice behavior (Advisors: Kiesel, Bröder).

Conditions for controllable and uncontrollable learning in evaluative conditioning (Advisors: Hütter, Klauer).

Investigating the role of sufficiency and necessity in moral judgment (Advisors: Klauer, Hütter).

Integrating sampling theories of risky choice with evidence accumulation (diffusion) models (Advisors: Hilbig, Voss, Bröder).