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Department of Psychology Psychology of Motivation, Volition, and Emotion


Generally speaking, our research looks at the conditions for and the consequences of successful goal striving. On the one hand, we examine the characteristics that a goal should have in order to have a favorable effect on well-being and performance. On the other hand, we are interested in the volitional processes of goal implementation and goal disengagement, which occur when actions encounter obstacles. Our research has a wide range of implications for everyday life as well as practical applications (in health, sports, partnerships, business and administrative leadership, moral courage), as is reflected by our cooperation with business enterprises, sports and educational institutions.


Research project Involved researchers
Approach and Avoidance Goal States in Daily Life: Antecedents and Consequences of Intraindividual Variability

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter

Prof. Dr. Marie Hennecke, Universität Siegen

Miriam Pfister, MSc

Melanie Koch, MSc, Universität Siegen

The action crisis – Antecedents and consequences

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter

Motivational aspects of relationship development of couples

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter
Dr. Katharina Bernecker

Hedonic goal pursuit - Determinants and consequences of the successful pursuit of pleasure Dr. Katharina Bernecker

Moral courage - Antecedent conditions and interventions

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter

Research collaborations

The ability to pursue hedonic goals and its consequences for well-being

Dr. Katharina Bernecker, UZH
Dr. Daniela Becker, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen

«No Pain, No Gain? Investigating Motivational Effects of Game Elements in Cognitive Tasks»

Dr. phil. Katharina Bernecker, UZH
Dr. Manuel Ninaus, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen

«Promoting health competence with a digital application: Adaptation and evaluation of the evidence based exercise program THüKo for patients with osteoarthritis»

Prof. Dr. Inga Krauß, Universität Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Gorden Sudeck, Universität Tübingen
Dr. phil. Katharina Bernecker, UZH
M.Sc. Jennifer Durst, Universität Tübingen