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The visitors’ view on Obersalzberg: cognitive psychological analyses of the perception of an authentic location and its propagandistic staging during the time of National Socialism

WorkgroupRealistic Depictions Lab

Multimodal Interaction Lab

Social Processes Lab
Duration06/2016 - open
FundingLütjen-Drecoll Stiftung, IWM budget resources
Project description

The project „Visitors’ view on Obersalzberg“ focuses on two research questions: How can propaganda pictures get deconstructed? And how does the awareness of being in a historic place related to Nazi-history influence the perception, the processing and the judgements about associated pictures (PhD project)? Cooperation partner is the Institute for Contemporary History (Documentation Obersalzberg). Empiric findings are meant to flow into the realm of practice, the museum.

Places of remembrance linked to Nazi-history are gaining importance during the last two decades. Obersalzberg is a place with references to the Nazi-regime and was used as a setting for Nazi-propaganda. Today an educational center about history and politics is located there. Within the project field studies and lab studies are conducted. Also it is aimed to use subjective (surveys, rating-scales) and objective measurements (computer based speech analyses, eye-tracking). A first lab study provides evidence that being aware about the Nazi-history (and the reference to the place) has a negative impact on the personal mood. The negative personal mood in a next step influences the valence ratings of associated pictures. Furthermore methods to deconstruct propaganda pictures at a multi-touch-table are investigated. The empiric findings are meant to build a basement for further psychological research as well as to get transferred to the conception of the new permanent exhibition of the Documentation Obersalzberg.


The Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ), Documentation Obersalzberg