Dr. Ann-Katrin Wesslein

Dr. rer. nat., M. Sc., B. Sc.

University of Tübingen
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Schleichstr. 4
72076 Tübingen

Tel.: +49 7071 29-75614
Fax: +49 7071 29-5902

E-Mail: ann-katrin.wesslein@uni-tuebingen.de

Adress for visitors:

Schleichstr. 4, 72076 Tübingen
6th floor, room 4.612

Consultation hours:

by appointment

In my research, I mainly deal with information processing in a multisensory context. In our everyday life, information flows in at the same time via our various sensory channels. A central task of our cognitive system is to select the information that is relevant for us and to ignore all other information. Various cognitive processes play a role in this. These processes are the subject of my studies. One focus of my research is the investigation of such selection processes in the tactile sensory modality. Here I am interested in differences and parallels to information processing in other sensory modalities. Another focus of my research is on crossmodal interference or interaction effects. Key questions are among others: To what extent does our information processing change when visual vs. tactile distractors are presented in a tactile task? And vice versa: To what extent is performance impaired in a visual task when tactile distractors appear? When are distractors particularly distracting in another sense modality, when is it easier to ignore them? And what happens if stimuli have to be considered in several sensory modalities in order to process a task?

In addition to multisensory information processing, I am interested in prospective memory. Here my studies focus on the role of action control in the execution of planned intentions. Furthermore, I deal with the cognitive processes underlying self-prioritization. Within the framework of a third-party funded project, we examine the cognitive, affective and behavioral effects of the association of previously neutral stimuli with the self (collaboration with my doctoral student Gabriella Orellana-Corrales).


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Bause, I. M., Brich, I. R., Hesse, F. W., & Wesslein, A. K. (2020) Does touching information on a surface tablet affect how it is evaluated? Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 16(2), 127-146.

  • Wesslein, A. K., & Frings, C. (2020). Identity-based crossmodal negative priming: Aftereffects of ignoring in one sensory modality on responding in another sensory modality. Multisensory Research. doi: 10.1163/22134808-20201471

  • Wesslein, A. K., Moeller, B., Frings, C., & Giesen, C. (2019). Separating after-effects of target and distractor processing in the tactile sensory modality. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81, 809-822. doi: 10.3758/s13414-018-01655-7

  • Wesslein, A. K., Naumann, E., Spence, C. & Frings, C. (2019). Modulations of event-related potentials by tactile negative priming. NeuroReport, 30, 227-231. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000001189

  • Brich, I. R., Bause, I. M., Hesse, F. W., & Wesslein, A. K. (2019). Working memory affine technological support functions improve decision performance. Computers in Human Behavior, 92, 238-249. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.11.014

  • Bause, I. M., Brich, I. R., Wesslein, A. K., & Hesse, F. W. (2018). Using technological functions on a multi-touch table and their affordances to counteract biases and foster collaborative problem solving. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. doi: 10.1007/s11412-018-9271-4

  • Rummel, J., Wesslein, A. K., & Meiser, T. (2017). The role of action coordination for prospective memory: Task-interruption demands affect intention realization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45(5), 717-735. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000334

  • Teubner, D. Wesslein, A. K., Rønne, P. B., Veith, M., Frings, C., & Paulus, M. (2016). Is a visuo-haptic differentiation of zebra mussel and quagga mussel based on a single external morphometric shell character possible? Aquatic Invasions, 11, 145-154. doi: 10.3391/ai.2016.11.2.04

  • Schäfer, S./ Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., Wentura, D., & Frings, C. (2016). Self-prioritization in vision, audition, and touch. Experimental Brain Research. doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4616-6 (shared first-authorship)

  • Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., Mast, F., & Frings, C. (2016). Spatial negative priming: In touch, it’s all about location. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 464-473. doi: 10.3758/s13414-015-1028-9

  • Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., & Frings, C. (2015). Vision of embodied rubber hands enhances tactile distractor processing. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 477-486. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-4129-0

  • Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., & Frings, C. (2015). You can’t ignore what you can’t separate: The effect of visually induced target-distractor separation on tactile selection. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 728-736. doi: 10.3758/s13423-014-0738-7

  • Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., & Frings, C. (2014). When vision influences the invisible distractor: Tactile response compatibility effects require vision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 763-774. doi: 10.1037/a0035047

  • Wesslein, A. K., Spence, C., & Frings, C. (2014). Vision affects tactile target and distractor processing even when space is task-irrelevant. Frontiers in Cognition, 5:84. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00084

  • Wesslein, A. K., Rummel, J., & Boywitt, C. D. (2014). Differential effects of cue specificity and list length on the prospective and retrospective prospective-memory components. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26, 135-146. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2013.865628