Dr. Elke B. Lange

Research Focus

My research in Cognition Psychology focuses on working memory and the interaction between attention and memory. For instance, in my dissertation project I investigated how irrelevant auditory or visual stimuli impair memory encoding by attentional distraction. As methods I particularly use classical behavioral experiments and eye tracking. I am especially interested to utilize the models and methods of research on working memory to get to know more on music perception, cognition and aesthetic experience. One focus is on musical absorption. An additional interest – though located in social psychology – is on musical taste and preferences.

Vita

Academic Education

02/2005Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. equivalent) in Psychology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany
2000-2005Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Berlin
1996-2000Master of Arts (Magistra Artium, M.A. equivalent) in Systematic Musicology (major), Philosophy and Psychology (minor), at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany
1991-1996 Piano Teacher (Diploma, M.A. equivalent) at the University of Music, Karlsruhe, Germany

Career

Since 01/2014Research Associate in Experimental Aesthetics at the Max-Plank-Institute of Empirical Aesthetics, in the music unit of Prof. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann, Frankfurt, Germany
2008-2013Research Associate and Lecturer in Experimental and Biological Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany, in the unit of Prof. Ralf Engbert
2007-2008Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Aging Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, in the Cognitive Aging unit of Prof. Paul Verhaeghen
2007March to July: Research visit in Neuroscience at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland, in cooperation with Dr. Tom Campbell
2005-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Aging Research at Syracuse University, NY, USA, in the Cognitive, Brain, & Behavior unit of Prof. Paul Verhaeghen
2000-2005Research Scientist in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in the Experimental Psychology unit of Prof. Klaus Oberauer und Prof. Reinhold Kliegl

Publications

Sysoeva, O.V., Lange, E.B., Sorokin, A.B., & Campbell, T. (2015). From pre-attentive processes to durable representation: An ERP index of visual distraction. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95, 310-321. DOI 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.12.007

Lange, E.B., & Engbert, R. (2013). Differentiating between verbal and spatial encoding using eye-movement recordings. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 1840-1857. DOI 10.1080/17470218.2013.772214

Lange, E.B., Starzynski, C. , & Engbert, R. (2012).Capture the gaze does not capture the mind. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 1168-1182. DOI 10.3758/s13414-012-0318-8

Lange, E.B., Cerella, J., & Verhaeghen, P. (2011).Ease of access to list items in short-term memory depends on the order of the recognition probes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37, 608-620. DOI 10.1037/a0022220

Lange, E.B., Verhaeghen, P., & Cerella, J. (2010). Dual representation of item positions in verbal short-term memory: Evidence for two access modes. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22, 463-479. DOI 10.1080/09541440903155658

Lange, E.B., & Verhaeghen, P. (2009). No Age differences in complex memory search: Older adults search as efficiently as younger adults. Psychology and Aging, 24, 105-115. DOI 10.1037/a0013751

Oberauer, K., & Lange, E.B. (2009).Activation and binding in verbal working memory: A dual-process model for the recognition of nonwords. Cognitive Psychology, 58, 102-136. DOI 10.1016/j.cogpsych.2008.05.003

Oberauer, K., & Lange, E.B. (2008). Interference in verbal working memory: Distinguishing similarity-based confusion, feature overwriting, and feature migration. Journal of Memory and Language, 58, 730-745. DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2007.09.006

Oberauer, K., & Lange, E.B. (2006). Psychologie des Gedächtnisses. In: Pawlik, K. (Ed.). Psychologie (pp.145-160). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Lange, E.B. (2005). Disruption of attention by irrelevant stimuli in serial recall. Journal of Memory and Language, 53, 513-531. DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2005.07.002

Lange, E.B. (2005). Gedächtnis. In: Helms, S., Schneider, R., Weber, R. (Ed.). Lexikon der Musikpädagogik (p.74). Kassel: Gustav Bosse Verlag.

Lange, E.B. (2005).Musikpsychologische Forschung im Kontext allgemeinpsychologischer Gedächtnismodelle. In: LaMotte-Haber, H. de, Rötter, G. (Ed.). Handbuch der Musikpsychologie (Systematische Musikwissenschaft, Bd.3, pp.74-100).Laaber: Laaber-Verlag.

Lange, E.B., & Oberauer, K. (2005). Overwriting of phonemic features in serial recall. Memory, 13, 333-339. DOI 10.1080/09658210344000378

Oberauer,K., Lange, E.B., & Engle, R.W. (2004). Working memory capacity and resistance to interference. Journal of Memory and Language, 51, 80-96. DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2004.03.003

Lange, E.B. (2002). Die Verarbeitung musikalischer Stimuli im Arbeitsgedächtnis. Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, 16, 45-65.

Awards & Grants

Projects

  • Focused Information

    Information can be better perceived, processed, and maintained when it is selected from a broader field. This selection process, which we can also denote as focus, can unfold in various ways. In visual perception, the focus of the subject’s gaze ...

  • Absorption and Attention while Experiencing Music

    What Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel describes in his Lectures on Aesthetics (1835-38), is often referred to as absorption in the context of musical reception. In the framework of differential psychology, absorptive capacity is considered a ...