Deutsch Intern
Department of Psychology II - Social psychology

Dr. Christina Heitmann

Scientific Associate

Since October 2016 
Postdoctoral researcher 
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Social Psychology (Prof. Dr. Roland Deutsch) 

December 2012–September 2016 
Research associate and PhD student 
Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Social Psychology (Prof. Dr. Roland Deutsch) 
project “Affective modulation of volitional control: The moderating role of action tendencies, ambivalence, and motivational conflict” of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Volition and Cognitive Control” 

November 2016 
doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) 
Thesis title: Differential Flexibility in Goal Pursuit: Better Ability to Switch Goals Than Means 
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Roland Deutsch, Prof. Dr. Thomas Goschke 

September-December 2015 
Research stay at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Ayelet Fishbach, Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing) 

October 2006–March 2012 
Undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Heitmann, C. & Deutsch, R. (2018). Post-Conflict Speeding: Evidence of Sequential Effects in Motivational Conflicts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 

Domachowska, I., Heitmann, C., Deutsch, R., Goschke, T., Scherbaum, S., & Bolte, A. (2016). Approach-motivated positive affect reduces breadth of attention: Registered replication report of Gable and Harmon-Jones (2008). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 67, 50-56. doi:   

Gast, A., Werner, B., Heitmann, C., Spruyt, A., & Rothermund, K. (2013). Evaluative Stimulus (In)Congruency Impacts Performance in an Unrelated Task: Evidence for a Resource-Based Account of Evaluative Priming. Experimental Psychology. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000238

  • motivational conflicts
  • approach and avoidance motivation
  • goal pursuit