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Univ.-Prof. Ulrich Weger, Ph.D.
Univ.-Prof. Ph.D.

Ulrich Weger

Fakultät für Gesundheit (Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie)
Lehrstuhl für Grundlagen der Psychologie

+49 2302 / 926 - 776
Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50
58448 Witten
+49 (0)2302 / 926 - 407

Seit 2012:
Lehrstuhlinhaber Lehrstuhl für Grundlagen der Psychologie

2012 2016:
Departmentleiter Psychologie und Psychotherapie

2007 – 2012:
Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury

2006 – 2007:
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada

2001 – 2005:
Doktorand, State University of New York at Binghamton

Ausbildung2009 – 2012: Ausbildung Biographical Counselling (Biography and Social Development Trust, UK)1997 – 2001: Diplomstudiengang Psychologie, Universität Münster und RWTH Aachen


Articles in peer reviewed journals (selection):
* indicates equal authorship

  • Hackert, B., Lumma, AL, Berger, B., Raettig, T., & Weger, U. (2023). Towards a re-conceptualization of flow in social contexts. Journal for the theory of social behavior, 53, 100-125.
  • Weger, U., & Wagemann, J. (2021). Towards a conceptual clarification of awe and wonder. Current Psychology, 40(3), 1386-1401.
  • Weger, U., & Herbig, K. (2021). The self in the periphery. Review of General Psychology, 25(1), 73-84.
  • Weger, U., & Herbig, K. (2021). Active Contemporary Citizenship as a Research Mode. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 0(0).
  • Lumma, A. L., Hackert, B., & Weger, U. (2020). Insights from the inside of empathy: Investigating the experiential dimension of empathy through introspection. Philosophical Psychology, 33(1), 64-85.
  • Lumma, A. L., & Weger, U. (2021). Looking from within: Comparing first-person approaches to studying experience. Current Psychology, 1-17.
  • Weger, U., & Herbig, K. (2019). The self as activity. Review of General Psychology, 23(2), 251-262.
  • Ziegler, R., & Weger, U. (2018). First-person experiments in thinking. European Psychologist, 23(3), 189.
  • Ziegler, R., & Weger, U. (2019). Exploring conceptual thinking and pure concepts from a first person perspective. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 18(5), 947-972.
  • Weger, U.W., & Herbig, K. (in press). The self as activity. Review of General Psychology.
  • Weger, U.W., Wagemann, J. & Meyer, A. (2018). Introspection in psychology. Its contribution to theory and method in memory research. European Psychologist, 23, 206-216.
  • Weger, U.W. & Wagemann, J. (2018). Researching mindwandering from a first-person perspective. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32, 298-306.
  • Weger, U.W., Meyer, A., & Wagemann, J. (2016). Enquiring into the behavioral, experiential and conceptual dimensions of the self: Introducing a new phenomenological approach. European Psychologist, 21, 180-194.
  • Ziegler, R. & Weger, U.W. (2018). First-person experiments in thinking. European Psychologist, 23, 189-205.
  • Hackert, B., & Weger, U.W. (2018). Introspection and the Würzburg School. European Psychologist, 23, 217-232.
  • Meyer, A., Hackert, B., & Weger, U.W. (2018). Franz Brentano and the Beginning of    Experimental Psychology. Implications for the study of psychological phenomena today, 82, 245-245. Psychological Research
  • Hopthrow, T., Hooper, N., Mahmood, L., Meier, B.P., & , Weger, U. (2017). Mindfulness reduces the correspondence bias. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70, 351-360.
  • Weger, U.W., Meyer, A., & Wagemann, J. (2016)*. Enquiring into the behavioral, experiential and conceptual dimensions of the self: Introducing a new phenomenological approach. European Psychologist, 21, 180-194.
  • Weger, U.W., & Wagemann, J. (2015a)*. The challenges and opportunities of first-person inquiry in experimental psychology. New Ideas in Psychology, 36, 38–49.
  • Weger, U.W., & Wagemann, J. (2015b)*. The behavioral, experiential and conceptual dimensions of psychological phenomena. New Ideas in Psychology, 39, 23-33.
  • Weger, U.W., Berger, B., Boehm, K., & Heusser, P. (2016). The psychological dimensions of placebo-studies. Recommendations for study designs. European Psychologist, 21, 122-130.
  • Weger, U.W., Loughnan, S., Sharma, D., & Gonidis, L. (2015). Virtually compliant: Immersive video gaming increases conformity to false computer judgments. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1111-1116.
  • Weger, U.W. & Wagemann, J. (2015). The challenges and opportunities of first-person inquiry in experimental psychology. New Ideas in Psychology, 36, 38-49.
  • Weger, U.W. & Edelhaeuser, F. (2014)*. The role of the brain during conscious experience: In search of a new metaphor. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 21, 111-129.
  • Vasquez, E.A., Loughnan, S., Gootjes-Dreesbach, E., & Weger, U.W. (2014). The animal in you: Animalistic descriptions of a violent crime increase punishment of perpetrator. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 337-344.
  • Weger, U.W. & Loughnan, S. (2014). Virtually numbed: Immersive video gaming alters real-life experience. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 562-565.
  • Weger, U.W. & Loughnan, S. (2013). Mobilizing unused resources: Using the placebo concept to enhance cognitive performance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 23-28.
  • Booth, R.W., & Weger, U.W. (2013). The function of regressions during reading. Backward regressions allow re-reading. Memory & Cognition, 41, 82-97.
  • Kramer, R.S.S., Weger, U.W. & Sharma, D. (2013). The effect of mindfulness meditation on time perception. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 846-852.
  • Weger, U.W., Hooper, N., Meier, B.P., & Hopthrow, T. (2012). Mindful Maths: Reducing the impact of stereotype threat through a mindfulness exercise. Consciousness & Cognition, 21, 471-475.
  • Cauchard, F., Cane, J. & Weger, U.W. (2012): Influence of background speech and music in interrupted reading: An eye-tracking study. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 381 390.
  • Cane, J., Cauchard, F., & Weger, U.W. (2012): The time-course of recovery from Interruptions during reading: The role of interruption lag and spatial memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1397-1413.
  • Pun, C., Adamo, M., Weger, U.W., Black, S., Ferber, S. (2010). The Right Time and the Left Time: Spatial associations of endogenous temporal cues affect target detection in right brain-damaged patients. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 289-295.
  • Weger, U.W., & Pratt, J. (2008). Time flies like an arrow: Space-time compatibility effects suggest the use of a mental time-line. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 426-430.
  • Weger, U.W., Al-Aidroos, N., & Pratt, J. (2008). Objects do not aid inhibition of return in crossing the vertical meridian. Psychological Research, 72, 176-182.
  • Weger, U.W., Abrams, R.A., Law, M.B., & Pratt, J. (2008). Attending to Objects: Endogenous cues can produce IOR. Visual Cognition, 16, 659-674.
  • Stevens, S.A., West, G., Al-Aidroos, N., Weger, U.W., & Pratt, J. (2008). Testing whether gaze cues and arrow cues produce reflexive or volitional shifts of attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1148-1153.
  • Weger, U.W., & Inhoff, A.W. (2007): Long-range regressions to previously read words are guided by spatial and verbal memory. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1293-1306.
  • Weger, U.W., Meier, B., Robinson, M., & Inhoff, A.W. (2007): Things are sounding up: Affective influences on auditory tone perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 517-521.
  • Weger, U.W. & Inhoff, A.W. (2006). Semantic inhibition of return is the exception rather than the rule. Perception and Psychophysics, 68, 244-253.
  • Weger, U.W. & Inhoff, A.W. (2006). Attention and eye movements in reading. Inhibition of return predicts the size of regressive saccades. Psychological Science, 17, 187-191.
  • Greenberg, S., Inhoff, A.W., & Weger, U.W. (2006). The impact of letter detection on eye movement patterns during reading. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 987-995.
  • Inhoff, A.W. & Weger, U.W. (2005): Memory for word location during reading: Eye movements to previously read words are spatially selective but not precise. Memory & Cognition, 33, 447-461.
  • Nuerk, H.-C., Weger, U.W. & Willmes, K. (2005). Language effects in magnitude comparison: small, but not irrelevant. Brain and Language, 92, 262-277.
  • Nuerk, H.-C., Weger, U.W. & Willmes, K. (2004). On the perceptual generality of the unit decade compatibility effect. Experimental Psychology, 51, 72-79.
  • Nuerk, H.-C., Weger, U.W. & Willmes, K. (2002). A unit-decade compatibility effect in German number words. Current Psychology Letters: Behaviour, Brain, & Cognition, 2, 19-38
  • Nuerk, H.-C., Weger, U.W. & Willmes, K. (2001). Decade breaks in the mental number line? Putting tens and units back into different bins. Cognition, 82, B25-B33       
  • Fischer, M. H., Ziegler, W., Kerkhoff, G., & Weger, U.W. (2000). Does word bisection reveal spared phonological processing in aphasic patients? J. of Neurolinguistics, 13, 241-244.                                

Book chapters and other publications (selection):

  • Weger, U.W. (2014). Die Frage nach Seele und Geist im Psychologiestudium. DieDrei, 2, 33-45.
  • Weger, U.W. (2011). Psychology, Affect and Art. In: Poetry Beyond Text – Vision, Text and Cognition. Exhibition Catalogue. Editor: Mary Modeen. University of Dundee, ISBN 978-0-9568371-0-3.
  • Inhoff, A.W., Weger, U.W. & Radach, R. (2005). Sources of information for the programming of short- and long-range regressions during reading. In: Geoffrey Underwood (Edt.). Cognitive processes in eye guidance. Oxford University Press.
  • Inhoff, A.W. & Weger, U.W. (2003). Advancing the methodological middle ground. In J. Hyönä, R. Radach & H. Deubel (Eds.), The mind's eye: Cognitive and applied aspects of eye movements. Oxford: Elsevier Science.
  • Weger, U.W. (2006). Blind for the Unexpected (German original: Blind fürs Unerwartete). Die Zeit, 03, 46.
  • Weger, U.W. (2008). The question about the nature of consciousness (German Original: Die Frage nach der Natur des Bewusstseins, Die Drei, pp. 35-50.
  • Weger, U.W. (2011). The initiation of action and the weakness of the will. New View, 2, 58-60.
  • Weger, U.W. (2008). Dealing with feelings: The dissociation of experience and behavior (German original: Umgang mit Gefühlen. Über die Entkoppelung von Erleben und Verhalten.) Das Goetheanum, 40, pp. 4-5.

Zentrales Forschungsthema ist die theoretische und methodologische Ausarbeitung der Erste-Personen Forschung, die auf unterschiedliche psychologische Phänomene angewendet wird. Publizierte Studien existieren bereits zu den Themen Aufmerksamkeit, Selbst, Denken, Erinnerung, Staunen & Ehrfurcht, Empathie, Ärger, Mindwandering und andere. Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten werden im Bereich der Erste-Personen Forschung zu einem Thema nach Wahl betreut.

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