Motivation and Social Neuroscience (Apps)
My present research focuses on the cognitive, neuroanatomical and neurobiological basis of fatigue and its impact on people's motivation and decisions on whether to engage in a task. To investigate the underlying mechanisms in both the healthy population and Parkinson's Disease patients, I use computational modelling approaches in combination with effort-based decision-making paradigms, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and self-report measures.
In another line of research, I am investigating how social context influences our visual attention by using behavioural measures and electroencephalography (EEG).
I received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, before working as a research intern at Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in a project evaluating the effects of a breathing training and sleep hygiene treatment on psychological and physiological hyperarousal in veterans with PTSD. Following this, I completed an international M.Sc. programme in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, focusing on research on visual attention and perception, and spent one term at St Catherine´s College, University of Oxford, studying Quantitative Methods and Social Psychology. Currently, I am a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) student in Experimental Psychology.
Motivational fatigue: A neurocognitive framework for the impact of effortful exertion on subsequent motivation.
Müller T. and Apps MAJ., (2018), Neuropsychologia
Professional Experience and Referencing Context Explain Variance in Use of Spatial Frames of Reference
Hüther L. et al, (2016), Applied cognitive psychology, 30, 580 - 590
Interaction between object-based attention and pertinence values shapes the attentional priority map of a multielement display.
Gillebert CR. et al, (2016), J exp psychol hum percept perform, 42, 866 - 877