How can people be motivated to pursue a healthier lifestyle? The goal of the research group „The Dynamics of Risk – Perception and Behavior in the Context of Mental and Physical Health (Risk Dynamics)“ is to contribute to answering this question from a psychological point of view. The research project began its work in the winter semester 2016/2017 and receives funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) of approx. two million euros until 2019. Spokespersons of the research group are Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, and Prof. Dr. Harald Schupp, General and Biological Psychology.
SMARTACT is a joint project of the University of Konstanz, the University of Mannheim and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Project funding is provided by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The goal of this interdisciplinary research project is to permanently improve health-related behaviour with the help of mobile technologies (e.g. smartphones). To do so, SMARTACT looks at different environments, such as family and work environments. Nutrition and physical activity are seen as key areas with significant potential for improvement in terms of health-oriented behavior.
The interdisciplinary research group PsychoEconomics – a total of six collaborative research projects at the Universities of Konstanz and Colongne – is investigating the psychological processes underlying economic decisions.
"The goal of our research group is to gain a psychology-based understanding of economic decisions," explains Prof. Dr. Carlos Alós-Ferrer, spokesperson of the group. While traditional economics assumes purely rational and profit-oriented decision-making processes, reality shows that economic decisions are guided by a complexity of psychological processes. Human behaviour is not always based on thoroughly reflected and consciously made decisions, but often the result of automatic and impulsive processes. While these may allow very fast reactions, they are not necessarily motivated by strict rationality.