Roland Pfister


Affiliation: University of Würzburg
Location: Würzburg, Germany
Pfister, R. (in press). Gender effects in gaming research: A case for regression residuals? Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking.

Pfister, R. (2011). Wardrobe malfunctions and the measurement of internet behaviour. Psychology.

Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Hoffmann, J. (2011). Learning at any rate: Action-effect learning for stimulus-based actions. Psychological Research, 75(1), 61-65. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-010-0288-1.

Pfister, R., Janczyk, M., & Kunde, W. (2010). Los, beweg dich! – Aber wie? Ideen zur Steuerung menschlicher Handlungen. In-Mind Magazine, 4. Available online.

Pfister, R., Kiesel, A., & Melcher, T. (2010). Adaptive control of ideomotor effect anticipations. Acta Psychologica, 135(3), 316-322. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.08.006.

Hoffmann, J., Lenhard, A., Sebald, A., & Pfister, R. (2009). Movements or targets: What makes an action in action effect learning? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(12), 2433-2449.


  1. Hoffmann J, Lenhard A, Sebald A, Pfister R. Movements or targets: what makes an action in action-effect learning?. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove). 2009;62:2433-49 pubmed publisher
    ..Altogether, the data indicate that both movement-effect and target-effect associations contribute to the formation of action-effect linkages-provided that movements and targets are likewise contingently related to the effects. ..
  2. Pfister R, Kiesel A, Melcher T. Adaptive control of ideomotor effect anticipations. Acta Psychol (Amst). 2010;135:316-22 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings extend and refine theoretical assumptions on different action control modes in goal-directed behavior and the specific contribution of ideomotor processes to intention-based action control. ..
  3. Pfister R, WIRTH R, Schwarz K, Steinhauser M, Kunde W. Burdens of non-conformity: Motor execution reveals cognitive conflict during deliberate rule violations. Cognition. 2016;147:93-9 pubmed publisher
    ..These observations open a new theoretical perspective on rule violation behavior, shifting the focus toward the cognitive processes operating during the very act of rule violation. ..
  4. Jusyte A, Pfister R, Mayer S, Schwarz K, WIRTH R, Kunde W, et al. Smooth criminal: convicted rule-breakers show reduced cognitive conflict during deliberate rule violations. Psychol Res. 2017;81:939-946 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings support an emerging view that aims at understanding rule violations from the perspective of the violating agent rather than from the perspective of outside observer. ..
  5. Schwarz K, Pfister R. Scientific Psychology in the 18th Century: A Historical Rediscovery. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2016;11:399-407 pubmed publisher
    ..We focus on this important founding moment of psychological science and on the circumstances that eventually brought this seminal development to a halt. ..
  6. Pfister R, Weller L, Dignath D, Kunde W. What or when? The impact of anticipated social action effects is driven by action-effect compatibility, not delay. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2017;79:2132-2142 pubmed publisher
    ..The data of two experiments support previous theoretical assumptions by showing that the effects of anticipated imitation are indeed driven by compatibility rather than delay. ..

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