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Lehrstuhl für Psychologie III

Affective disturbances of information processing

Constantin Schmidts, Anna Foerster, Robert Wirth, Wilfried Kunde


The mere perception of intense aversive events, like burnt people, disrupts ongoing information processing and harms current goal pursuit. Nevertheless, people can overcome these disruptions and shield themselves from such disturbances.

This project examines which processes allow people to regulate such affective disturbances. Using affective interference and interruption paradigms, we investigate whether people engage in similar control mechanisms as the ones we know from non-affective conflict regulation. Specifically, our experiments address whether people adapt to recent and frequent affective stimulation.

This research is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG; Grant KU 1964/6-3).


For further details, see:

Kunde, W., Augst, S., & Kleinsorge, T. (2012). Adaptation to (non-) valent task disturbance. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 4, 644-660.


Augst, S., Kleinsorge, T. & Kunde, W. (2014). Can we shield ourselves from task disturbance by emotion-laden stimulation? Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1009-1025.


Janczyk, M., Augst, S., & Kunde, W. (2014). The locus of the emotional Stroop effect. A study with the PRP paradigm. Acta Psychologica, 151, 8-15.


Wirth, R., Pfister, R., & Kunde, W. (2016). Asymmetric transfer effects between cognitive and affective task disturbances. Cognition and Emotion, 30(3), 399-416.


Schmidts, C., Foerster, A., & Kunde, W. (2018). Conflict Modification: Predictable Production of Congruent Situations Facilitates Responding in a Stroop Task.  Psychological Research.


(last updated in May, 2018)