How can people be encouraged 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 is being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with approximately two million euros until 2019. Speakers 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). It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The goal of the interdisciplinary research project is to permanently improve health-related behaviour with the help of mobile technologies (e.g. smartphones). To do so, SMARTACT takes different living environments, such as family and work environments, into consideration. 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 of the University of Konstanz and the University of Colongne – is investigating the psychological processes behind economic decisions.
"The goal of our research group is to gain a psychologically-founded understanding of economic decisions," explains Prof. Dr. Carlos Alós-Ferrer, spokesman for the PsychoEconomics research group. While traditional economics assumes purely rational and profit-maximising decision-making processes, reality shows that economic decisions are guided by complex psychological processes. Beyond thoroughly reflected and concious decisions, human behaviour is often a result of automatic and impulsive processes, which allow very fast reactions but are not necessarily motivated by strict rationality.