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The Lunchtime Seminar provides both external and internal researchers the opportunity to present their work to the Psychology Department of the University of Fribourg.

Except that of presenting cutting edge research, the Lunchtime Seminar has no specific focus, hence the topics presented may vary, for example, from applied clinical psychology to computational models of decision making. Although it is primarily targeted at the department's active researchers, Master's students are also encouraged to attend.

The Lunchtime Seminar is co-organised by Pascal Gygax and Andreas Sonderegger.

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Program Fall 2018

Sebastian Pannasch
Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognitive Researchg, TU Dresden, Germany
Human Eye Movements: Basic Mechanisms and practical implications
Human eye movements are essential for visual perception. During fixations, information is extracted from the environment and internally processed. Since highest visual acuity is limited to the small foveal region, fast saccadic movements are required to redirect the foveal region from one fixation point to another. Analyzing fixation durations and saccade amplitudes during everyday activities allows understanding what details of the environment receive attention. With a combined analysis of fixations and saccades it can be determined how such details were processed. Furthermore, I will discuss how the gathered knowledge about the mechanisms of eye movement control can be related to various areas of application.
Irene Reppa
Swansea University, Wales, UK
The Role of Aesthetic Appeal on Performance: Evidence and Theoretical Implications
Is aesthetic appeal all window-dressing, or can it influence our performance with objects around us? Previous evidence has shown a strong relationship between aesthetic appeal (or just appeal) and performance. Experimental evidence into the causality of this relationship has yielded mixed findings, with some studies showing positive effects of appeal on performance, while others showing negative or no effects. After a brief survey of current knowledge on the relationship between visual appeal and performance, the talk will describe recent studies in our laboratory that apply the classic visual search task to systematically examine the effect of appeal on attention and perception, and the possible mechanism underlying this relationship. The findings will be discussed in relation to current evidence and theories of the mechanism by which appeal might influence performance.
Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch