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Knowledge processes and how they are influenced by digital media - that's what the research at the IWM is about: Which conditions and competences are needed for the successful utilization of digital media for knowledge processes and how can these be provided? Which role do innovative cognitive interfaces play for knowledge processes? How does digitalization change social and motivational factors of knowledge exchange and usage? How does a group of people construct new knowledge? At the IWM, we answer tomorrow's questions today.


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Annual Report 2017

Cover JB 2017 The annual report 2017 of the IWM is published and available as pdf (in German).

Annual Report (PDF, in German)
Overview over all annual reports (in German)

#opendata in ERC project ReDefTie

Logo ReDefTieThe longitudinal data of the project “Redefining tie strength – how social media (can) help us to get non-redundant useful information and emotional support” by Sonja Utz, which was concluded in December 2017, is now available for all interested researchers.

Information about open data in the project

Data Archive


July 25-27, 2018: VECTOR Workshop 2018


The 2nd “Virtual Environments: Current TOpics in Psychological Research” (VECTOR) workshop 2018 will be held at the IWM from July 25 to July 27, 2018.



preliminary schedule


October 11-12, 2018


Conference IWM #LearnMap „Lernprozess im Fokus: Forschung zu digitalen Medien in der Hochschullehre“ (“Learn process in focus: research about digital media in higher education”; conference will be held in German).
(update: new submission deadline July 31, 2018)


learnmap.iwm-tuebingen.de (in German)

Call for Papers (PDF, in German)

June 06–08, 2018: IWM Summer School

  • Day 1: John Bateman

  • Day 1:Mike Stieff

  • Day 2:Neil Cohn

  • Day 2:Neil Cohn

  • Day 2:Zacharias Zacharia

  • Day 3:Leilah Lyons

  • Day 3:Leilah Lyons

  • Participants

  • Knowledge-related internet usage

  • e-teaching.org

  • The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

  • Symposium am IWM


“Service and Support of Digital Higher Education“ – Anne Thillosen and Markus Schmidt in Hamburg
Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK): Meeting “Dimension Digitization – Strengthening Teachers”. Panel discussion and lecture with Katharina Scheiter
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Responsibility as a burden: Responsible power-holders experience the highest stress levels

People in high-power positions experience more stress if they are aware of their responsibility than if they recognize the freedom their position provides. Research of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen has shown this. If power-holders think about their responsibility (rather than their personal freedom) they do act more fairly towards others – but at the same time, their own stress level rises.

Facebook and Co. – How social networks can help us receive useful information and emotional support

Logging in Facebook or other social networks is nowadays part of our daily routine. While constant checking of status messages is often associated with stress, envy and reduced wellbeing, researchers of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) found out: Stress is influenced by external factors and not by Facebook usage. Concerns that Facebook has a negative impact on the wellbeing are therefore exaggerated. The platform even offers possibilities of social support. The professional use of social media pays off as well: Anyone who uses LinkedIn has professional information advantages.

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