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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Curiosity has its own reason for existence."

(Albert Einstein)

The  Department of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck is excited to share that we invite you to the 2nd Pscience Day!


The Pscience Day will be held,

Friday, June 2nd from 09:30 am

at the Center for Chemistry and Biomedicin (CCB) at the University of Innsbruck.


Young researchers are invited to present their work as posters to colleagues, discuss their research with other scientists,  listen to interesting talks, have fun at the Science Slam and enjoy each other's company. 

Interested? Check out our previous Pscience Day!

Psychology students from all levels (BA to PostDoc) are welcome!

The whole event is free. No poster printing costs, no registration fee.

Program at a glance // Detailed program // Proceedings.





09:30 - 10:30 Postersession 1

10:30 - 10:45 Welcome

10:45 - 12:00 Keynote Lecture by

Jun.-Prof. Dr. phil. Christoph Korn (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg)

"Neuro-computational models of multistep decision-making and social learning in humans"

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00 Blitz Talks

14:00 - 15:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session 2

15:00 - 16:00 Science Slam

16:15 - 17:00 Awards & Prizes



Humans face many complex decision-making and learning situations in which the computation of optimal solutions challenges – or even surpasses – their cognitive capacities. Therefore, humans often resort to heuristic solutions. Formal models that adequately capture the neuro-cognitive mechanisms of the trade-offs between optimal and heuristic solutions are lacking. Here, I focus on two pertinent scenarios:

First, I will present a series of studies that show how humans combine optimal and heuristic solutions to maximize rewards in multistep decision scenarios which entail approach-avoidance-conflicts. Results obtained from behavioral modelling and functional neuroimaging suggest a role of the medial prefrontal cortex in the computation of the employed policies and of the uncertainty associated with relying on these policies.

Second, I will describe experiments that outline how humans learn about other people by updating their estimations about character traits. The best-fitting models combine principles derived from reinforcement learning algorithms with participants’ world knowledge about the distributions and interrelations of different character traits. Functional neuroimaging data show that these interrelations between character traits are represented in the medial prefrontal cortex.

Taken together, the to-be-presented projects aim at providing neuro-computational accounts of the trade-offs in complex decision-making and learning processes. I will briefly outline ongoing and future research projects that build on these insights to elucidate how decision-making and learning can go awry in psychiatric populations.




Since December 2020, Christoph is an Assistant Professor of Social Neuroscience at the Department of General Psychiatry, Heidelberg University Hospital. In 2019, he has started an Emmy-Noether research group on Decision Neuroscience of Human Interactions at the Institute of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. In the two years prior, he has worked at the same institution in the group of Jan Gläscher. Before, he did a postdoc at the University of Zurich in the group of Dominik Bach and completed a PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in the group of Hauke Heekeren with funding from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. He completed a joint Master’s program on Brain and Mind Scinces at University College London and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biomedicine from the University of Würzburg.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!!! Please submit your abstract here till 14.5.2023.


Science Slam

  • 1st place: 2 Tickets für die Nordkettenbahn

  • 2nd place: Gutschein für Machete & 6020

  • 3rd - 5th place: Gutscheine von Greenroot, Nowhere Vintage Store, MyIndigo & 6020

Best Talks

  • 1st place: Gutschein für Liquid Diaries & Machete

  • 2nd place: Gutschein für Kater Noster

  • 3rd place: Gutschein für Nowehere Vintage Store, MyIndigo & 6020

Poster Prize

  • 1st place: Golden Ticket von Dachsbau (lebenslanger freier Eintritt) & Gutschein für Machete

  • 2nd place: Gutschein für Kater Noster

  • 3rd place: Gutschein für Nowhere Vintage Store, MyIndigo & 6020

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