Short Bio

Fields I’m involved in

  • Media Psychology
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Game Studies
  • Human-Computer-Interaction
  • Transmedia Storytelling

Current Research Interests

  • psychological and physical aspects of user experience
  • presence in virtual environments
  • social behavior in MMOs
  • avatar attractiveness and evolutionary psychology

Memberships

  • ICA – International Communication Association (Divisions: Communication and Technology, Game Studies)
  • ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association (Sections: Audience and Reception Studies, Television Studies, Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction, Digital Games Research)
  • DGPS – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (German Society for Psychology) (Section: Media Psychology)
  • ISPR – International Society for Presence Research

Awards and Honors

  • Reviewer of the Year 2014 (Journal of Media Psychology)
  • Best Paper Award, 7th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality 2015
  • Faculty of Humanities Dissertation award 2014 [Fakultätspreis der Philosophischen Fakultät TU Chemnitz]

Reviewer Assignments

  • Journal of Media Psychology (JMP)
  • International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS)
  • Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft (M&K)
  • International Communication Association Annual Conference (Divisions CAT, IS, GS)
  • Conference of the Media Psychology Division (DGPs)

Vita

04/2015-12/2015
initial funding grant, DFG Graduate Program “Crossworlds“, Chemnitz University of Technology (Anschubfinanzierung)
07/2014-04/2015
Postdoctoral Researcher, DFG Graduate Program “Crossworlds“, Chemnitz University of Technology
04/2012-07/2014
PhD student, DFG Graduate Program “Crossworlds“, Chemnitz University of Technology
since 11/2008
Research Assistant and Junior Lecturer (25-100%), Chair for Media Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology (Prof. Dr. Ohler)
10/2006-10/2008
Master programme “Media and Communication Studies (Medienkommunikation)”, Chemnitz University of Technology. Title of Masters’ Thesis: “Involvierung, Immersion und Engagement in Computerspielen. Eine Analyse des Immersionbegriffs als Konzept für die Beschreibung des Nutzer-Erlebens in virtuellen Umgebungen in Zusammenhang mit authentischen Eingabegeräten”
10/2003-10/2006
Bachelor programme “Media and Communication Studies (Medienkommunikation)”, Chemnitz University of Technology. Title of Bachelors’ Thesis: “MMOGs: Von der Spielwirklichkeit zur Alltagsrealität”