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Dr. Christian Scharinger

Member of the Multimodal Interaction.

Starting in October 2018, Christian Scharinger is Principal Investigator (PI) of the DFG-project 'Potentials of neurophysiological measures for research on instructional design: The case of decorative pictures'. Since July 2010 he is working as research scientist at the IWM in the Multimodal Interaction Lab, first as PhD student (defense October 2015 in Cognitive Science, University of Tuebingen), then as postdoc. At the IWM Christian Scharinger is specifically in charge of setting up and running a combined EEG-eye-tracking laboratory. His research interests comprise the use of innovative digital technologies (e.g., virtual reality, VR) and (neuro-) physiological process measures (e.g., pupil dilation, EEG frequency band power) in instructional psychology. Therein, focusing on both, basic and applied research questions, he is interested in studying relevant cognitive processes during information processing and learning in digital environments (e.g., hypertext, web search result pages, multimedia, VR) and factors influencing these processes (e.g., pictorial seductive details, working memory load, or cognitive conflicts). In addition, he is interested in aspects of designing user-friendly digital environments. As specific methods, Christian Scharinger uses combined EEG and eye-tracking data analyses to examine cognitive processes in free text reading or picture viewing situations.


Before he joined the IWM, Christian Scharinger worked as a Usability Engineer at the internet portal WEB.DE, Karlsruhe, and as a researcher in the DFG-research group 'Person Perception', Psychological Department, University of Jena. He studied linguistics, informatics and media sciences at the University of Trier and the University of Konstanz (M.A. 2007) and defended his doctoral thesis in Cognitive Science at the University of Tübingen in 2015. During February to September 2017 he has been appointed as a postdoc at the chair of Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Tübingen.


Christian Scharinger is a member of the IWM postdoc network 'Cognitive Conflicts During Media Use'.

 

Curriculum Vitae   

Projects

EEG-based neural signatures of different types of working-memory load

Multimodale Interaktion in Virtueller Realität

Potentials of neurophysiological measures for research on instructional design: The case of decorative pictures

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

Articles in refereed Journals

Grissmann, S., Spüler, M., Faller, J., Krumpe, T., Zander, T. O., Kelava, A., Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (in press). Context sensitivity of EEG-based workload classification under different affective valence. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TAFFC.2017.2775616
 

Krumpe, T., Scharinger, C., Rosenstiel, W., Gerjets, P., & Spüler, M. (2018). Unity and diversity in working memory load: Evidence for the separability of the executive functions updating and inhibition using machine learning. Biological Psychology, 139, 163-172. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2018.09.008
 

Scharinger, C. (2018). Fixation-related EEG frequency band power analysis: A promising methodology for studying instructional design effects of multimedia learning material. Frontline Learning Research, 6(3), 57-71.
 

Grissmann, S., Faller, J., Scharinger, C., Spüler, M., & Gerjets, P. (2017). Electroencephalography based Analysis of Working Memory Load and Affective Valence in an N-back Task with Emotional Stimuli. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11:616. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00616 Open Access
 

Scharinger, C., Soutschek, A., Schubert, T., & Gerjets, P. (2017). Comparison of the working memory load in n-back and working memory span tasks by means of EEG frequency band power and P300 amplitude. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11:6. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00006 Open Access
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2015). Pupil dilation and EEG alpha frequency band power reveal load on executive functions for link-selection processes during text reading. PLoS ONE, 10, e0130608. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0130608 Open Access
 

Scharinger, C., Soutschek, A., Schubert, T., & Gerjets, P. (2015). When flanker meets the n-back: What EEG and pupil dilation data reveal about the interplay between the two central-executive working memory functions inhibition and updating. Psychophysiology, 52(10), 1293-1304. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12500 Open Access
 

Proceedings

Appel, T., Scharinger, C., Gerjets, P., & Kasneci, E. (2018). Cross-subject workload classification using pupil-related measures. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications - ETRA '18 (article 4). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3204493.3204531
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2016). Fixation-related EEG frequency band power analysis: a promising neuro-cognitive methodology to evaluate the matching-quality of web search results? In C. Stephanidis (Ed.), Communications in Computer and Information Science series, Vol. 617 (pp. 245-250). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40548-3_41
 

Chapters in Edited Books

Spüler, M., Krumpe, T., Walter, C., Scharinger, C., Rosenstiel, W., & Gerjets, P. (2017). Brain-computer interfaces for educational applications. In J. Buder & F. Hesse (Eds.), Informational Environments: Effects of Use, Effective Designs (pp. 177-201). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
 

Conference Contributions

Bahnmüller, J., Ditrich, L., & Scharinger, C. (2019, April). Cognitive Conflicts in the Wild. Workshop of the Post-Doc Network Cognitive Conflicts during Media Use. Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien. Tübingen, Germany. [Workshop Organisation]
 

Scharinger, C. (2019, August). Using EEG and eye-tracking as process measures to study the effects of pictorial seductive details. 18th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Aachen, Germany. [Poster]
 

Appel, T., Scharinger, C., Gerjets, P., & Kasneci, E. (2018, June). Cross-subject workload classification using pupil-related measures. Tenth ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA). Warsaw, Poland. [Talk]
 

Lachmair, M., Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (2018, March). Near-hand effect revisited. Potential of Virtual Reality (VR) to study psychological processes. 60. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Marburg. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C. (2018, June). EEG and eye-tracking as measures of cognitive load in instructional psychology. IWM Summer School: Multimodality and Knowledge Processes. Tübingen. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Halfmann, M., Lachmair, M., & Gerjets, P. (2018, June). Using the EEG and Virtual Reality to study the effect of immersion on cognitive processing and learning. 2nd Earli SIG 27 Conference & 6th Polish Eye Tracking Conference. Warsaw, Poland. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Lachmair, M., & Gerjets, P. (2018, July). Selective information processing nearby the hands: The near-hand effect revisited using Virtual Reality (VR) and EEG. 2. Vector-Workshop 'Virtual Environments: Current Topics in Psychological Research'. Tübingen. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Soutschek, A., Schubert, T., & Gerjets, P. (2018, March). Sensitivity of pupil dilation and EEG alpha frequency band power for working memory load in n-back and span working memory tasks. 60. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Marburg. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C. (2017, August). Combining eye-tracking with EEG data analysis: Potentials and methodological challenges. 17th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Tampere, Finnland. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (2017, August). Raven revisited: Fixation-related EEG alpha frequency band power and pupil dilation unravel fluctuations in cognitive load during task performance. 19th European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM). Wuppertal. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Schüler, A., & Gerjets, P. (2017, March). Text-picture integration during learning reduces working memory load as revealed by EEG frequency band power. 59. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Dresden. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Schüler, A., & Gerjets, P. (2017, March). Text-picture integration during learning reduces working memory load as revealed by EEG frequency band power. 59. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Dresden. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C. (2016, June). When flanker meets the n-back. Eingeladener Vortrag beim Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik. Tübingen. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2016, July). Fixation-related EEG frequency band power analysis: A promising neuro-cognitive methodology to evaluate the matching-quality of web search results? 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International). Toronto, Canada. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2016, December). Fixation-related EEG frequency band power analysis: A promising neuro-cognitive methodology to study integration processes during reading of web search results? European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Special Interest Group (SIG) 27. Oulu, Finland. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2016, March). Pupil dilation and EEG alpha frequency band power reveal increased cognitive load for link-selection processes during hypertext-like reading. 58. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Heidelberg. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Schüler, A., & Gerjets, P. (2016, June). Text-picture integration during learning – EEG frequency band power correlates of congruency effects. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Special Interest Group (SIG) 22. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Soutschek, A., Schubert, T., & Gerjets, P. (2016, September). When flanker meets the n-back: What EEG and pupil dilation data reveal about the interplay between the two central-executive working memory functions inhibition and updating. Invited talk at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR). Minneapolis, MN, USA. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (2015, August). Working memory matters, near-hand postures do not. Why are the effects of working-memory load and interference-control demands on pupil dilation not influenced by the near-hand effect? 18th European Conference on Eye Movement Research. Wien, Austria. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C. (2014, April). Measuring cognitive load by means of electroencephalography (EEG) and pupil dilation. Le Laboratoire des Usages en Technologies d'Information Numériques (LUTIN Userlab). Cité des sciences et de l'industrie. Paris, France. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C. (2014, September). Measuring cognitive load by means of Electroencephalography (EEG) and pupil dilation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (2014, April). When Flanker meets the n-back task: Pupil dilation and EEG correlates for load on executive working memory functions. 56. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Gießen. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Soutschek, A., Schubert, T., Walter, C., & Gerjets, P. (2014, October). When flanker meets the n-back: The interplay between the executive working memory functions inhibition and updating as revealed by EEG oscillatory, P300, and pupil dilation data. International Conference of Executive Functions (ICEF). Stuttgart. [Poster]
 

Kammerer, Y., Oloff, C., Scharinger, C., & Gerjets, P. (2013, August). The impact of hyperlinks on text comprehension in encyclopedic texts. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). München. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C. (2013, September). Measuring cognitive load by means of Electroencephalography (EEG) and pupil dilation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Cierniak, G., Gerjets, P. (2013, March). When stroop and task shifting meet the n-back: Behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), and eyetracking correlates of working memory load in a modified n-back task. 55. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). Wien, Austria. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2013, June). EEG frequency band power and pupil dilation as measures of cognitive load in hyperlink-like selection processes during text reading. 6th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference. Toulouse, France. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Kammerer, Y., & Gerjets, P. (2013, August). Comparison of changes in EEG frequency band power and in pupil diameter as measures of cognitive load during working memory and text reading tasks. 17th European Conference on Eye Movement Research. Lund, Sweden. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C. (2012, June). EEG correlates of working memory load. Biologische Psychologie, Universität Tübingen. [Talk]
 

Scharinger, C., Cierniak, G., Walter, C., Zander, T., & Gerjets, P. (2012, September). Same, same, but different: EEG correlates of n-back and span working memory tasks. 48. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs). Bielefeld. [Poster]
 

Scharinger, C., Cierniak, G., Walter, C., Zander, T., & Gerjets, P. (2012, May). Measuring cognitivelLoad by means of EEG-data - how detailed is the picture we can get? Meeting of the EARLI SIG 22 Neuroscience and Education. London, Great Britain. [Poster]
 

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Dr. Christian Scharinger

Dr. Christian Scharinger

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