Donnerstag, 26. April 2018, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

On how to be flexible (or not)

The modulation of the flexibility-stability dilemma

Talk of Prof. Dr. Gesine Dreisbach (University of Regensburg)

Fakultät für Psychologie, Hörsaal G, 2. Stock (linke Stiege)
Liebigasse 5, 1010 Wien


Goal directed behavior depends on the dynamic balance between two antagonistic control demands, cognitive stability on the one side and cognitive flexibility on the other. While cognitive stability helps shielding the organism against distraction, this stability might – on the downside –result in maladaptive perseverative and rigid behavior. Likewise, cognitive flexibility helps adjusting action and thoughts to changing goal or task demands, but this flexibility can come at the cost of increased distractibility and erratic behavior. Therefore, it seems of major importance to identify factors that shift this balance towards more stability or flexibility in a context sensitive adaptive way. In my talk, I will present research showing how reward prospect and the specific task context differentially modulate this control dilemma.




Institut für Psychologische Grundlagenforschung und Forschungsmethoden (AB Kognitionspsychologie)


Abla Marie-Jose Bedi
Institut für Psycholgogische Grundlagenforschung und Forschungsmethoden