Jana Straßheim

[Translate to Englisch:] Jana Straßheim ©Inka Reiter
[Translate to Englisch:] Jana Straßheim ©Inka Reiter

We rarely do anything alone, we are usually in the company of other people. I am fascinated by people and social interactions - how we experience such situations and communicate in them, especially non-verbally. In addition to the way we communicate, I am particularly interested in the interplay of our social and physical environment and its influence on our health or our sustainability behaviour.

Charles Spence puts it in a nutshell in Gastrophysics: "The table is the original social network". That is why I am investigating communal eating as model behaviour and inviting people to eat in the lab. Objective movement data is recorded with video tracking and the participants are asked about their subjective experience. This data can be used to analyse several levels of group interaction. I enjoy meeting this challenge every day, supported by inspiring colleagues and a wonderful team.

https://orcid.org/0009-0002-5393-7182


Professional activity

  • since 01/2020 Academic staff member, doctoral candidate
    CASCB Cluster of Excellence, University of Konstanz
  • since 05/2019 Academic staff member, doctoral candidate
    Working Group Psychological Assessment & Health Psychology, University of Konstanz
  • 04/2018 - 04/2019 Student assistant
    Working Group Psychological Assessment & Health Psychology, University of Konstanz
  • 03/ 2017- 08/2017 Working student HR Marketing, Social Media & Online Communication
    ZF Friedrichshafen
  • 03/ 2017- 08/2017 Intern HR Marketing, Talent Attraction & Social Media
    ZF Friedrichshafen
  • 05/2015 - 08/2016 Student assistant
    Working Group Psychological Assessment & Health Psychology, University of Konstanz
  • 09/2014 - 02/2015 Intern Market Research, Brand & Communication
    Kantar TNS, Hamburg
  • 12/2013 - 08/2014 Student assistant
    Working Group Psychological Assessment & Health Psychology, University of Konstanz

Qualification

  • 03/2019 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Konstanz
    The supermarkets next door - A cross-sectional analysis of retail density and BMI in children and adolescents in Germany
  • 09/2016 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Konstanz
    The colour of food – An Ecological Momentary Assessment study examining colour variety in daily eating behaviour

Research projects

[Translate to Englisch:] Logo des Exzellenzclusters Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour

Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour - Project Individual and Collective Appetite

(funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the EXC Collective Behaviour)


[Translate to Englisch:] Logo der Konstanzer Life-Studie, zeigt stilisierte Ansicht des Konstanzer Münster und Icons zur Gesundheit
[Translate to Englisch:] Logo Konstanzer Life-Studie

Konstanz Life-Study: Prospective cohort study in which citizens of Constance are repeatedly examined in order to observe changes in nutrition, fitness and health over a longer period of time.
Sub-project of the SMARTACT project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Memberships in professional organisations

European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

Courses

My motto in teaching: "The transfer of science into real life!"

Students should have space to develop, to be creative, to develop their own ideas together in a team and to carry out the sub-processes of scientific work themselves. Additional offerings - such as presentation and communication training or dealing with stressful moments - are also often part of my teaching.

Offered seminars on applied health psychology, behavioural observation and recording health-related behaviour (methods and diagnostics in occupational and health psychology):

  • Socially healthy - The social influence on health behaviour
  • Behavioural Observation of health related behaviour
  • Getting Healthy, Staying healthy - Health models & theories in use
  • Why good intentions are not enough?! Models of Health Behaviour
  • Mobile Interventions in Health

Current courses

Year Supervised theses Supervision togehter with
2023 Clio Scholzen (2023). Cake or No Cake: Exploring the Relation Between Perceived Synchrony and Rapport in Small Groups (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2022 Magdalena Huber (2022). Perceiver and Target Effects of Social Curiosity on Liking in Digital Small Groups (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2022 Elisabeth Wernet (2022). Meeting online: Observed affective and cognitive synchronization in small groups (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2022 Johanna Köchling (2022). Talking and Eating Online: Synchronization measured by Dyadic Shared Motion Energy (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2022 Nora Christlein (2022). Digital Lunch Break: Observed Social Mimicry in Small Groups (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2022 Eva Gotzhein (2022). Testing the Climate Halo Effect - An Environmental Sphere Experience (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2021 Johanna Köchling (2021). Perceiving Synchrony – An experimental study on group perception in triads (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2021 Lina Kleditzsch (2021). Sustainable dietary behaviour and life satisfaction: A cross sectional analysis (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2021 Sophie Rein (2021). Being on the same wavelenght? A lab based behavioral observation study on affective synchronization and wellbeing in small groups (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
2021 Leonie Schuhmacher (2021). One group, one opinion? A lab based behavioral observation study on dominant behavior and synchronization in small groups (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz. Prof. Dr. Britta Renner