Prof. Dr. Markus Huff

University of Tübingen
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Schleichstr. 4
72076 Tübingen

Tel.: +49 7071 979-215
Fax: +49 7071 979-124

E-Mail: markus.huffspam

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Department of Psychology
Schleichstr. 4, 72076 Tübingen
Room 4.615

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Please contact the secretary's office for an appointment.

Together with my research group, consisting of members of the Applied Cognitive Psychology research group at the Department of Psychology at the University of Tübingen and the Perception and Action Lab at Leibniz-Insitut für Wissensmedien (IWM), I am working on the social and cognitive foundations of knowledge exchange. How knowledge sharing processes can be supported by machine learning and artificial intelligence methods is a central question of my scientific work. The dynamics of the teaching/learning materials (e.g., in video tutorials) as well as their machine learning supported contents receive special attention in my goal to design adaptive learning opportunities. Another focus of my research is the communication of knowledge via comics, which are used in social networks, in knowledge and science communication, as well as in communicating knowledge with specific individuals (e.g. people with low literacy).

As full professor of psychology Markus Huff is head of both the Applied Cognitive Psychology research group at the University of Tübingen and the Perception and Action Lab at Leibniz Institut für Wissenmedien (IWM). His research focuses on the social and cognitive foundations of knowledge exchange.

Markus Huff studied psychology, mathematics and computer science at the University of Tübingen. After graduating as a psychologist, he received his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) from IWM and the University of Tübingen with a thesis on the verbal influence on visual memory. Markus Huff's doctoral thesis was awarded the Leibniz Young Investigators Prize of the Leibniz Association in 2007. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at IWM, the University of Tübingen, and Washington University in St. Louis, USA, he became junior professor of general psychology at the University of Tübingen. Before returning to Tübingen as full professor in 2020, Markus headed the Department of Research Infrastructures at the German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Center for Lifelong Learning e.V. (DIE) in Bonn.




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Peer-Reviewed Journals

In Press

  • Buder, J., Zimmermann, A., Buttliere, B., Rabl, L., & Huff, M. (in press). Online interaction turns the congeniality bias into an uncongeniality bias. Psychological Science.
  • Fischer, H., Huff., M., Anders, G., & Said, N. (in press). Metacognition, public health compliance and vaccination willingness. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS).
  • Kaup, B., Ulrich, R., Bausenhart, K. M., Bryce, D., Butz, M. V., Dignath, D., Dudschig, C., Franz, V. H., Friedrich, C., Gawrilow, C., Heller, J., Huff, M., Hütter, M., Janczyk, M., Leuthold, H., Mallot, H., Nürk, H.-C., Ramscar, M., Said, N., Svaldi, J., Wong, H. Y. (in press). Modal and amodal cognition: An overarching principle in various domains of psychology. Psychological Research.
  • Said, N., Potinteu, A. E., Brich, I., Buder, J., Schumm, H., & Huff, M. (in press). An artificial intelligence perspective: How knowledge and confidence shape risk and benefit perception. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Schwesig, R.*, Brich, I. B., Buder, J., Huff, M., Said, N.* (in press). Using artificial intelligence (AI)? Risk and opportunity perception of AI predict people’s willingness to use AI. Journal of Risk Research.


  • Huff, M., & Bongartz, E. C. (2023). Low research data availability in educational psychology journals: No indication of effective research data policies. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 6(1).
  • Said, N.*, Frauhammer, L. T.*, & Huff, M. (2023). Consensus Messaging in Climate Change Communication: Metacognition as Moderator Variable in the Gateway Belief Model. Journal of Environmental Psychology.
  • Huff, M., Jacobsen, C., & Papenmeier, F. (2023). Edit blindness is not related to immersion and presence in Hollywood movies. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication.


  • Fischer, H., Huff, M., & Said, N. (2022). Polarized climate change beliefs: No evidence for science literacy driving motivated reasoning in a U.S. national study. American Psychologist. Advance online publication.
  • Merkt, M., Hoppe, A., Bruns, G., Ewerth, R., & Huff, M. (2022). Pushing the button: Why do learners pause online videos? Computers & Education, 104355.
  • Meyerhoff, H. S., Jaggy, O., Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2022). Long-term memory representations for audio-visual scenes. Memory & Cognition.
  • Papenmeier, F., Meyerhoff, H. S., Hecht, H., & Huff, M. (2022). Stereo viewing upsets cinematic continuity: Filmic cuts are more salient in 3D than in 2D movies. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication.
  • Said, N.*, Frauhammer, L.* & Huff, M. (2022). Pre-registered replication of the gateway belief model – results from a representative German sample. Journal of Environmental Psychology.
    *equal contribution


  • Merkt, M., & Huff, M. (2020). Does the position of source information for multiple documents matter? Insights from two experiments. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 101900.
  • Blömacher, K., Nöcker, G., & Huff, M. (2020). The evolution of mental models in relation to initial information while driving automated. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 68, 198-217.
  • Elson, M., Huff, M., & Utz, S. (2020). Meta science on peer review: Testing the effects of study originality and statistical significance in a field experiment. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 3(1), 53-65.
  • Huff, M., Rosenfelder, D., Oberbeck, M., Merkt, M., Papenmeier, F., & Meitz, T. G. K. (2020). Cross-codal integration of bridging event information in narrative understanding. Memory & Cognition, 48, 942–956.
  • Widany, S., Reichart, E., Ambos, I. & Huff, M. (2020). Datennutzung der VHS- und Verbundstatistik. Potentiale für Bildungsforschung, Politik und Praxis. Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung, 43, 75-95.


  • Elson, M., Huff, M., & Utz, S. (2019). Meta science on peer review: Testing the effects of study originality and statistical significance in a field experiment. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. doi: 10.31234/
  • Meitz, T. G. K., Meyerhoff, H. S., & Huff, M. (2019). Event related message processing: Perceiving and remembering changes in films with and without soundtrack. Media Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15213269.2019.1636660
  • Papenmeier, F., Brockhoff, A., & Huff, M. (2019). Filling the gap despite full attention: The role of fast backward inferences for event completion. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 4:3. doi: 10.1186/s41235-018-0151-2
  • Papenmeier, F., Maurer, A. E., & Huff, M. (2019). Linguistic information in auditory dynamic events contributes to the detection of fine, not coarse event boundaries. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 15, 30-40. doi: 10.5709/acp-0254-9


  • Huff, M., Maurer, A. E., & Merkt, M. (2018). Producing gestures establishes a motor context for procedural learning tasks . Learning and Instruction, 58, 245-254. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.07.008
  • Sebastian, K., Ghose, T., & Huff, M. (2018). Repeating virtual assembly training facilitates memory for coarse but not fine assembly steps. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 34, 787-798. doi: 10.1111/jcal.12285
  • Huff, M., Maurer, A. E., Brich, I., Pagenkopf, A., Wickelmaier, F., & Papenmeier, F. (2018). Construction and updating of event models in auditory event processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44, 307-320. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000482
  • Blömacher, K., Nöcker, G., & Huff, M. (2018). The role of system description for conditionally automated vehicles. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 54, 159–170. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.01.010
  • Meyerhoff, H. S., Schwan, S., & Huff, M. (2018). Oculomotion mediates attentional guidance toward temporarily close objects. Visual Cognition, 26, 166–178. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2017.1399950


  • Meyerhoff, H. S., Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2017). Studying visual attention using the multiple object tracking paradigm: a tutorial review. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79, 1255-1274. doi: 10.3758/s13414-017-1338-1
  • Huff, M., Papenmeier, F., Maurer, A. E., Meitz, T. G. K, Garsoffky, B., & Schwan, S. (2017). Fandom biases retrospective judgments not perception. Scientific Reports, 7:43083. doi: 10.1038/srep43083
  • Huff, M., & Papenmeier, F. (2017). Event perception: From event boundaries to ongoing events. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6, 129–132. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2017.01.003
  • Papenmeier, F., Meyerhoff, H. S., Brockhoff, A., Jahn, G., & Huff, M. (2017). Upside-down: Perceived space affects object-based attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 1269-1274. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000421
  • Garsoffky, B., Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2017). Mind the gap: Temporal discontinuities in observed activity streams influence perceived duration of actions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. doi: 10.3758/s13423-017-1239-2
  • Sebastian, K., Ghose, T., Zacks, J. M., & Huff, M. (2017). Understanding the cognitive potential of persons with intellectual disability in workshops for adapted work. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 175–186. doi: 10.1002/acp.3315



  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Vanes, L.D., & Huff, M. (2015). Spatiotemporal predictability alters perceived duration of visual events: Memento effect revisited. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 613-622. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000048
  • Meyerhoff, H. S., Papenmeier, F., Jahn, G., & Huff, M. (2015). Distractor locations influence multiple object tracking beyond interobject spacing: Evidence from equidistant distractor displacements. Experimental Psychology, 62, 170-180. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000283


  • Huff, M., Meitz, T.G.K., & Papenmeier, F. (2014). Changes in situation models modulate processes of event perception in audio-visual narratives. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 1003–1015. doi: 10.1037/a0036780
  • Huff, M., & Maurer, A. E. (2014). Post-learning verbal information changes visual and motor memory for hand-manipulative tasks. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 772-779. doi: 10.1002/acp.3047
  • Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2014). Viewpoint-dependent representation of contextual information in visual working memory. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76, 663-668. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0632-4
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Schwan, S., & Huff, M. (2014). Perceptual animacy: Visual search for chasing objects among distractors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 702-717. doi: 10.1037/a0034846
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Schwan, S., & Huff, M. (2014). Inter-object spacing explains the attentional bias towards interacting objects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 412-417. doi: 10.3758/s13423-13-0496-y
  • Papenmeier, F., Meyerhoff, H.S., Jahn, G., & Huff, M. (2014). Tracking by location and features: Object correspondence across spatiotemporal discontinuities during multiple object tracking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 159-171. doi: 10.1037/a0033117


  • Huff, M., & Papenmeier, F. (2013). It is time to integrate: The temporal dynamics of object motion and texture motion integration in multiple object tracking. Vision Research, 76, 25-30. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2012.10.001
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2013). Linking perceptual animacy to perception: Evidence from the chasing detection paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 1003–1015. doi: 10.1037/a0030839
  • Mura, K., Petersen, N., Huff, M., & Ghose, T. (2013). IBES: A tool for creating instructions based on event segmentation. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 994. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00994
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2013). Object-based integration of motion information during attentive tracking. Perception, 42, 119-121. doi: 10.1068/p7273
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Papenmeier, F., Jahn, G. & Huff, M. (2013). A single unexpected change in target- but not distractor motion impairs multiple object tracking. i-Perception, 4, 81–83. doi: 10.1068/i0567sas


  • Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2012). Do not cross the line: Heuristic spatial updating in dynamic scenes. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9, 1065-1072. doi: 10.3758/s13423-012-0293-z
  • Bauhoff, V., Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2012). Distance matters: Spatial contiguity effects as trade-off between gaze-switches and memory load. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 863–871. doi:10.1002/acp.2887
  • Huff, M., Papenmeier, F., & Zacks, J.M. (2012). Visual target detection is impaired at event boundaries. Visual Cognition, 20, 848-864. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2012.705359
  • Jahn, G., Papenmeier, F., Meyerhoff, H.S., & Huff, M. (2012). Spatial reference in multiple object tracking. Experimental Psychology, 59, 163-173. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000139
  • Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2012). The verbal facilitation effect in learning to tie nautical knots. Learning and Instruction, 22, 376-385. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2012.03.001
  • Huff, M., Bauhoff, V., & Schwan, S. (2012). Effects of split attention revisited: A new display technology for troubleshooting tasks. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 1254-1261. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2012.02.008
  • Papenmeier, F., Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2012). Representation of dynamic spatial configurations in visual short-term memory. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 397-415. doi: 10.3758/s13414-011-0242-3
  • Jahn, G., Wendt, J., Lotze, M., Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2012). Brain activation during spatial updating and attentive tracking of moving targets. Brain and Cognition, 78, 105-113. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2011.12.001


  • Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2011). Integrating information from two pictorial animations: Complexity and cognitive prerequisites influence performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 878–886. doi:10.1002/acp.1762
  • Meyerhoff, H.S., Huff, M., Papenmeier, F., Jahn, G, & Schwan, S. (2011). Continuous visual cues trigger automatic spatial target updating in dynamic scenes. Cognition, 121, 73-82. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2011.06.001
  • Huff, M., Schwan, S., & Garsoffky, B. (2011). When movement patterns turn into events: Implications for the recognition of spatial configurations from different viewpoints. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(4), 476-484, doi:10.1080/20445911.2011.541152
  • Huff, M., Schwan, S., & Garsoffky, B. (2011). Recognizing dynamic scenes: Influence of processing orientation. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 112, 429-439. doi: 10.2466/22.PMS.112.2.429-439


  • Huff, M., Papenmeier, F., Jahn, G., & Hesse, F. W. (2010). Eye movements across viewpoint changes in multiple object tracking. Visual Cognition, 18, 1368-1391. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2010.495878
  • St. Clair, R., Huff, M., & Seiffert, A. E. (2010). Conflicting motion information impairs multiple object tracking. Journal of Vision, 10(4):18, 1-13,, doi: 10.1167/10.4.18.
  • Huff, M., Meyerhoff, H. S., Papenmeier, F., & Jahn, G. (2010). Spatial updating of dynamic scenes: Tracking multiple invisible objects across viewpoint changes. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72, 628-636. doi: 10.3758/APP.72.3.628
  • Papenmeier, F., & Huff, M. (2010). DynAOI: A tool for matching eye movement data with dynamic areas of interest in animations and movies. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 179-187. doi: 10.3758/BRM.42.1.179


  • Huff, M., Jahn, G., & Schwan, S. (2009). Tracking multiple objects across abrupt viewpoint changes. Visual Cognition, 17, 297-306. doi: 10.1080/13506280802061838
  • Garsoffky, B., Schwan, S., & Huff, M. (2009). Canonical views of dynamic scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 17-27. doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.35.1.17


  • Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2008). Verbalizing events: Overshadowing or facilitation? Memory & Cognition, 36, 392-402. doi: 10.3758/MC.36.2.392
  • Schwan, S., Zahn, C., Wessel, D., Huff, M., Herrmann, N., & Reussner, E. M. (2008). Lernen in Museen und Ausstellungen – Die Rolle digitaler Medien. Unterrichtswissenschaft, 36, 117-135.


  • Garsoffky, B., Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2007). Changing viewpoints during dynamic events. Perception, 36, 366-374. doi: 10.1068/p5645


  • Huff, M. (2015). Die Wahrnehmung bewegter Bilder. Von den Grundlagen der Filmwahrnehmung bis zur Wissensvermittlung mit Filmen ist es ein weiter Weg. Zeitschrift Außerschulische Bildung.
  • Huff, M. (2014). Die wahrnehmungspsychologischen Grundlagen des Filmemachens oder warum Menschen Filme verstehen. Das In-Mind Magazin, 2.