ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Iring Koch


Foto Cognitive and Experimental Psychology, Institute of Psychology,
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
E-Mail: koch@psych.rwth-aachen.de


Dr. Koch received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1998 from the University of Würzburg. He spent seven years (1998-2005) at the Max Planck Institute in Munich (Cognition and Action Unit, headed by Prof. Wolfgang Prinz). In 2005, he joined RWTH Aachen University as a professor of cognitive psychology. His research area is cognitive control and action selection. Dr. Koch has been associate editor of JEP: Learning, Memory & Cognition (2007-2012) and is currently member of the DFG Review Board. He receives continuous DFG funding, and currently he is coordinating a large scale national DFG Priority Program on Human Multitasking (PP 1772). He has published > 170 peer-review articles (including two comprehensive review papers in Psychological Bulletin) and > 20 chapters. His h-index is 34 (Web of Science; [h-index = 46 according to google scholar]).

Current Main Research Interests

My current research interests refer to the cognitive control mechanisms underlying human action. To this end, we use a diversity of multitasking paradigms (including dual-task and task-switching designs) to study task representations (mental "task sets") and how these map to action control. We understand the term action broadly to include language, so that our research agenda extends to bilingual control processes in speaking. In this research program, we aim at decomposing the notion of task set by isolating the effects of particular task-set components, and we explore issues related to modality-specific influences on attention and action.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Koch, I., Poljac, E., Müller, H., & Kiesel, A. (2018). Cognitive structure, flexibility, and plasticity in human multitasking — An integrative review of dual-task and task-switching research. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 557-583. doi:10.1037/bul0000144
  • Badets, A., Koch, I., & Philipp, A. M. (2016). A review of ideomotor approaches to perception, cognition, action, and language: Advancing a cultural recycling hypothesis. Psychological Research, 80, 1-16. doi:10.1007/s00426-014-0643-8
  • Huestegge, L., & Koch, I. (2013). Constraints in task-set control: Modality dominance patterns among effector systems. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 633-637. doi:10.1037/a0030156
  • Kiesel, A., Steinhauser, M., Wendt, M., Falkenstein, M., Jost, K., Philipp, A. M., & Koch, I. (2010). Control and interference in task switching — A review. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 849-874.
  • Koch, I., Gade, M., Schuch, S., & Philipp, A. M. (2010). The role of inhibition in task switching: A review. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 1-14.