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Department of Psychology Cognitive Psychology

Professorship for Cognitive Psychology

Prof. Dr. Klaus Oberauer


Our main goal is to understand why intellectual abilities are limited – in short: why are we not smarter than we are?

We focus on working memory, a system with limited capacity that makes the information that we need for our current thinking available. Previous research has shown that the capacity limit of working memory is the main limiting factor for our reasoning ability, and therefore we try to illuminate the structure and processing of that system. To this end we use experiments, correlational studies, and mathematical modelling of cognitive processes (e.g., simulations with neural networks).

Open Internship Positions

We have open internship positions. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Participants / Subjects

Currently we are performing several psychological experiments in our unit. If you are interested in participating in one (or more) of those experiments we kindly request you to sign on the experiment server

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URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

More about URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

New University Research Priority Program (URPP) at the University of Zurich: