LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Lydia Kastner, M.Sc.

Research Interest

My research interests lie in the field of cultural education: What could self-portraits in art museums teach us? Do self-portraits convey more than just knowledge about drawing styles and epochal characteristics? In my PhD project, I focus on the effects of visual art (especially self-portraits and drawing) on social skills such as empathy, emotion recognition and self-perception and study the use of digital media to design cultural learning opportunities in museums. Therefore, a special course program for upper secondary schools will be developed in an interdisciplinary cooperation between the IWM and the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig.

For my PhD project I address in general the following questions:

  • Drawing is an effective learning method: In which way could drawing mediate effects on social skills? Are there any models of instructional, cognitive or social psychology which help to explain the causal mechanisms of drawing?
  • Some clinical disorders are associated with problems of emotion recognition or self-concept. Attention to the eye region could improve the emotion recognition ability. Therefore, we are interested in whether drawing could be a possible method to prevent clinical disorders or improve clinical symptoms.
  • What role do individual differences play? Do individual differences mediate the ability to recognize emotions or to understanding oneself?

My psychological research is strongly influenced by education sciences. Museums are one of the most important educational institutions for cultural education. LEAD’s interdisciplinary structure gives me the opportunity to collaborate with researchers who have similar interests and benefit from the expertise of the other members. Furthermore, the supervision, the structured training program and the available resources make LEAD the perfect environment for my work. Appropriate to LEAD’s research, relevance and response, I really hope to find the best answers to open questions in the educational context.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2017

PhD candidate at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen; Associated PhD candidate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

2017 Student assistant at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
2016 - 2017

Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Tübingen

2016 - 2017

Student assistant at the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Tübingen

2014 - 2017 Student assistant at the University of Tübingen, Department of Psychology
2015 - 2016

Internship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Department of Human Computer Interaction, Stuttgart

2012 - 2016 Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Tübingen

Student assistant at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology, Tübingen


Student assistant at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen