- Can haptic feedback influence how we think about an entity and change our creativity?
- Can the pressure of your handwriting influence the effectiveness of your plans?
- Can the spatial representation of a number alter reaction times?
- Can the body posture influence our moral behavior?
- Can a facial muscle trigger our intentions?
The present line of research experimentally addresses these curious questions in order to establish a link between the theory of grounded cognition, a cognitive paradigm which points to the role of the body and body’s reference to the environment in creating cognition and implementation intentions, a self-regulating strategy that makes use of simple if-then plans. Five psychological experiments support the assumption that the implications of grounded cognition theory can be used to modify, support, and possibly enhance planning with implementation intentions. In addition, the book presents possible avenues for future research and identifies practical applications of grounded planning.
Ph.D. Klaus Harnack received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Afterwards he earned a master’s degree in Research Psychology from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and completed his Ph.D. at the department of Social Psychology and Motivation at the University of Konstanz. During his time at the University of Konstanz, he worked in the DFG-Research Group “Limits of Intentionality” and received a scholarship at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences. Currently, he works as a research associate at the department for work psychology at the University of Münster, Germany. He teaches courses on negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation as well as courses in social, economic and organizational psychology. His main Research interests include applied settings of grounded cognition, collective decision-making, mediation, motivation and creativity. In August 2015, Klaus joined the Steinbeis foundation as a project Manager. // As of: 11/2015