How can we promote a healthier lifestyle? Goal of the research group „The Dynamics of Risk – Perception and Behavior in the Context of Mental and Physical Health (Riskdynamics)“ at the University of Konstanz is to contribute to this question from a psychological perspective. The project started in the winter semester 2016/2017 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until 2019 with approximately two million Euros. Speakers of the research group are Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology and Prof. Dr. Harald Schupp, General Psychology and Biological Psychology.
SMARTACT is a collaborative project of the University of Konstanz, zhe University of Mannheim and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Goal of the interdisciplinary research project SMARTACT is to permanently improve health-related behaviour with the help of mobile technologies (e.g. smartphones) . We consider different living environments, such as family networks and work environment. Significant changes in health-related behavior appear to be possible in the area of nutrition and physical activity.
In the interdisciplinary research group PsychoEconomics, a total of six joint research projects of the University of Konstanz and the University of Colongne examine psychological processess in economic decisions.
Whereas traditional economics assume strict rational and profit-maximizing decision processes, more complex psychological processes underly these decisions in reality. Apart from thoroughly reflected and conciously made decisions, human behaviour is often a result of automatic and impulsive processes, which allow very fast reactions but are not motivated by strict rationality.