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Dr. Katharina Bernecker

Dr. Katharina Bernecker

Leiterin Zentrum für Forschungsförderung

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Institut für Forschung, Entwicklung und Evaluation

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+41 31 309 22 13

+41 31 309 22 13
Fachinteressen
  • Persönliche und kontextuelle Determinanten hedonistischer Zielverfolgung
  • Affektive, kognitive und motivationale Prozesse erfolgreicher Selbstregulation
  • Motivationale Prozesse und Konfliktverhalten in romantischen Beziehungen
Aus- und Weiterbildung
  • 2011–2015 Dr. phil. in Psychologie, Universität Zürich, Titel: "Implicit Theories about Willpower and Their Consequences for Achievement, Health and Well-Being"
  • 2009–2011 M. Sc. Psychologie, Universität Erfurt
  • 2005–2008 B. A. Lehr-, Lern-, und Trainingspsychologie/Erziehungswissenschaften, Universität Erfurt
Beruflicher Werdegang
  • Seit 2024 Leiterin Zentrum für Forschungsförderung (ZFF), Instituts für Forschung, Entwicklung und Evaluation (IFE), PHBern
  • Seit 2019 Oberassistentin ad personam, Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation), Universität Zürich
  • 2017–2019 Postdoktorandin, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) Tübingen
  • 2015–2017 Postdoktorandin, Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation), Universität Zürich
  • 2011–2015 Doktorandin SNF Ambizione, Universität Zürich
Kommissionen, Mandate und Mitgliedschaften
  • Member at large, Society of the Study of Motivation (SSM)
  • Mitglied Schweizer Gesellschaft für Psychologie (SGP)
  • Mitglied Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie (DGPs)
  • 2020–2021 Organisatorin des 50. Motivationspsychologisches Kolloquium (MPK), Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich
  • 2018–2019 Sprecherin des SAW Postdoc-Network "Cognitive Conflicts in Digital Media Use" und Postdoktorand*innen am Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
Projekte ausserhalb der PHBern

09/2020 Forschungsprojekt, Schweizerischer Nationalfond (SNF), 10001C_197635, "How to eat your cake and enjoy it, too – Examining determinants of successful hedonic goal pursuit", PI: Dr. Katharina Bernecker

Seit 02/2023 Forschungskooperation mit Sucht- und Rehabilitationsklinik Salus-Klinik GmbH & Co. Hürth KG zur Rolle von Genussfähigkeit und deren Veränderung in der Therapie von Suchterkrankungen

Seit 01/2021 Forschungskooperation mit Sucht- und Rehabilitationsklinik im Wingert zur wissenschaftlichen Evaluation eines genussorientierten Therapieansatzes

Publikationen

Happy Hour: The association between trait hedonic capacity and motivation to drink alcohol

Becker, Daniela; Bernecker, Katharina (2024). Happy Hour: The association between trait hedonic capacity and motivation to drink alcohol. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 19, S. 100537. 10.1016/j.abrep.2024.100537

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Trait hedonic capacity correlates with sexual pleasure and motives for sexualized drug use in young adults

Bernecker, Katharina; Becker, Daniela; Weitkamp, Katharina; Wehrli, Fabienne (2024). Trait hedonic capacity correlates with sexual pleasure and motives for sexualized drug use in young adults. Current Psychology. 10.1007/s12144-024-06017-1

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Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater: Indulging in harmless pleasures can support self-regulation and foster cooperation

Becker, Daniela; Bernecker, Katharina (2023). Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater: Indulging in harmless pleasures can support self-regulation and foster cooperation (Im Druck). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46. 10.1017/S0140525X23000456

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Gamification of an n-back working memory task – Is it worth the effort? An EEG and eye-tracking study

Scharinger, Christian; Prislan, Laura; Bernecker, Katharina; Ninaus, Manuel (2023). Gamification of an n-back working memory task – Is it worth the effort? An EEG and eye-tracking study. Biological Psychology, 179, S. 108545. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2023.108545

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If the party is good, you can stay longer—effects of trait hedonic capacity on hedonic quantity and performance

Bernecker, Katharina; Becker, Daniela; Guobyte, Aiste (2023). If the party is good, you can stay longer—effects of trait hedonic capacity on hedonic quantity and performance. Motivation and Emotion, 47 (5), S. 711-725. 10.1007/s11031-023-10021-6

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Regulate me! Self-control dissatisfaction in meat reduction success relates to stronger support for behavior-regulating policy

Kukowski, Charlotte A.; Bernecker, Katharina; Nielsen, Kristian S.; Hofmann, Wilhelm; Brandstätter, Veronika (2023). Regulate me! Self-control dissatisfaction in meat reduction success relates to stronger support for behavior-regulating policy. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 85, S. 101922. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101922

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The Role of Hedonic Goal Pursuit in Self-Control and Self-Regulation: Is Pleasure the Problem or Part of the Solution?

Becker, Daniela; Bernecker, Katharina (2023). The Role of Hedonic Goal Pursuit in Self-Control and Self-Regulation: Is Pleasure the Problem or Part of the Solution? Affective Science, 4 (3), S. 470-474. 10.1007/s42761-023-00193-2

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Which factors shape public climate policy support? A social-motivational perspective

Kukowski, Charlotte A.; Bernecker, Katharina (2023). Which factors shape public climate policy support? A social-motivational perspective. In: Reese, Gerhard; Römpke, Anne-Kristin; Bernd, Asja; Dolderer, Christoph; Mues, Andreas W. (Hg.) The Puzzle of Transformation. Impulses from Environmental Psychological Research. BfN-Schriften: Vol. 658 (S. 51-60). Bonn: Bundesamt für Naturschutz

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Climate policy support as a tool to control others’ (but not own) environmental behavior?

Kukowski, Charlotte A.; Bernecker, Katharina; von der Heyde, Leoni; Boos, Margarete; Brandstätter, Veronika; Zogmaister, Cristina (2022). Climate policy support as a tool to control others’ (but not own) environmental behavior? PLOS ONE, 17 (6), e0269030. 10.1371/journal.pone.0269030

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The Relation of Attitude Toward Technology and Mastery Experience After an App-Guided Physical Exercise Intervention: Randomized Crossover Trial

Sassenberg, Kai; Roesel, Inka; Sudeck, Gorden; Bernecker, Katharina; Durst, Jennifer; Krauss, Inga (2022). The Relation of Attitude Toward Technology and Mastery Experience After an App-Guided Physical Exercise Intervention: Randomized Crossover Trial. JMIR Formative Research, 6 (2), e28913. 10.2196/28913

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Beyond self-control: Mechanisms of hedonic goal pursuit and its relevance for well-being

Bernecker, Katharina; Becker, Daniela (2021). Beyond self-control: Mechanisms of hedonic goal pursuit and its relevance for well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47 (4), S. 627-642. 10.1177/0146167220941998

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Facial and Bodily Expressions of Emotional Engagement: How Dynamic Measures Reflect the Use of Game Elements and Subjective Experience of Emotions and Effort

Greipl, Simon; Bernecker, Katharina; Ninaus, Manuel (2021). Facial and Bodily Expressions of Emotional Engagement: How Dynamic Measures Reflect the Use of Game Elements and Subjective Experience of Emotions and Effort. Proceedings of the ACM Human-Computer Interaction, 5. 10.1145/3474667

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No Pain, no Gain? Investigating motivational mechanisms of game elements in cognitive tasks

Bernecker, Katharina; Ninaus, Manuel (2021). No Pain, no Gain? Investigating motivational mechanisms of game elements in cognitive tasks. Computers in Human Behaviour, 114.

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Self-Control and Beliefs Surrounding Others’ Cooperation Predict Own Health-Protective Behaviors and Support for COVID-19 Government Regulations: Evidence From Two European Countries

Kukowski, Charlotte; Bernecker, Katharina; Brandstätter, Veronika (2021). Self-Control and Beliefs Surrounding Others’ Cooperation Predict Own Health-Protective Behaviors and Support for COVID-19 Government Regulations: Evidence From Two European Countries. Social Psychological Bulletin, 16 (1), e4391.

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Implicit theories about willpower are associated with exercise levels during the academic examination period

Bernecker, Katharina; Kramer, Jule (2020). Implicit theories about willpower are associated with exercise levels during the academic examination period. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 9 (2), S. 216-231. 10.1037/spy0000182

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Too exhausted to go to bed: Implicit theories about willpower and stress predict bedtime procrastination

Bernecker, Katharina; Job, Veronika (2020). Too exhausted to go to bed: Implicit theories about willpower and stress predict bedtime procrastination. British Journal of Psychology, 111 (1), S. 126-147. 10.1111/bjop.12382

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“Take care, honey!”: People are more anxious about their significant others' risk behavior than about their own

Ghassemi, Mirjam; Bernecker, Katharina; Brandstätter, Veronika (2020). “Take care, honey!”: People are more anxious about their significant others' risk behavior than about their own. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 86, S. 103879. 10.1016/j.jesp.2019.103879

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Approach and avoidance relationship goals and couples’ nonverbal communication during conflict

Bernecker, Katharina; Ghassemi, Mirjam; Brandstätter, Veronika (2019). Approach and avoidance relationship goals and couples’ nonverbal communication during conflict. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (3), S. 622-636. 10.1002/ejsp.2379

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Autonomous goal striving promotes a nonlimited theory about willpower

Sieber, Vanda; Flückiger, Lavinia; Mata, Jutta; Bernecker, Katharina; Job, Veronika (2019). Autonomous goal striving promotes a nonlimited theory about willpower. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45 (8), S. 1295-1307. 10.1177/014616721882092

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Temporal dynamics of couples’ communication behaviors in conflict discussions: A longitudinal analysis

Leuchtmann, Lorena; Milek, Anne; Bernecker, Katharina; Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.; Backes, Sabine; Martin, Mike; Zemp, Martina; Brandstätter, Veronika; Bodenmann, Guy (2019). Temporal dynamics of couples’ communication behaviors in conflict discussions: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36 (9), S. 2937-2960. 10.1177/0265407518806582

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Tweeted anger predicts county-level results of the 2016 United States presidential election

Bernecker, Katharina; Wenzler, Michael; Sassenberg, Kai (2019). Tweeted anger predicts county-level results of the 2016 United States presidential election. International Review of Social Psychology, 32 (1), S. 6. 10.5334/irsp.256

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Experience, resistance, and enactment of desires: Differential relationships with trait measures predicting self-control

Bernecker, Katharina; Job, Veronika; Hofmann, Wilhelm (2018). Experience, resistance, and enactment of desires: Differential relationships with trait measures predicting self-control. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, S. 92-101. 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.07.007

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Implicit theories about willpower predict subjective well‐being

Bernecker, Katharina; Herrmann, Marcel; Brandstätter, Veronika; Job, Veronika (2017). Implicit theories about willpower predict subjective well‐being. Journal of personality, 85 (2), S. 136-150. 10.1111/jopy.12225

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The process of disengagement from personal goals: Reciprocal influences between the experience of action crisis and appraisals of goal desirability and attainability

Ghassemi, Mirjam; Bernecker, Katharina; Herrmann, Marcel; Brandstätter, Veronika (2017). The process of disengagement from personal goals: Reciprocal influences between the experience of action crisis and appraisals of goal desirability and attainability. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43 (4), S. 524-537. 10.1177/0146167216689052

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Implicit theories about willpower and their consequences for achievement, health, and well-being

Bernecker, Katharina (2016). Implicit theories about willpower and their consequences for achievement, health, and well-being. (Dissertationsschrift, Universität Zürich, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

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Monitoring Pronouns in Conflicts: Temporal dynamics of verbal communication in couples across the lifespan

Neysari, Mona; Bodenmann, Guy; Mehl, Matthias R.; Bernecker, Katharina; Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.; Backes, Sabine; Zemp, Martina; Martin, Mike; Horn, Andrea B. (2016). Monitoring Pronouns in Conflicts: Temporal dynamics of verbal communication in couples across the lifespan. GeroPsych, 29 (4), S. 201-213. 10.1024/1662-9647/a000158

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Avoidance orientation and the escalation of negative communication in intimate relationships

Kuster, Monika; Bernecker, Katharina; Backes, Sabine; Brandstätter, Veronika; Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.; Bradbury, Thomas N.; Martin, Mike; Sutter-Stickel, Dorothee; Bodenmann, Guy (2015). Avoidance orientation and the escalation of negative communication in intimate relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109 (2), S. 262-275. 10.1037/pspi0000025

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Beliefs about willpower are related to therapy adherence and psychological adjustment in patients with type 2 diabetes

Bernecker, Katharina; Job, Veronika (2015). Beliefs about willpower are related to therapy adherence and psychological adjustment in patients with type 2 diabetes. Basic an Applied Social Psychology, 37 (3), S. 188-195. 10.1080/01973533.2015.1049348

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Beliefs about willpower moderate the effect of previous day demands on next day’s expectations and effective goal striving

Bernecker, Katharina; Job, Veronika (2015). Beliefs about willpower moderate the effect of previous day demands on next day’s expectations and effective goal striving. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, S. 1496. 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01496

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Effects of practicing self-control on academic performance

Job, Veronika; Friese, Malte; Bernecker, Katharina (2015). Effects of practicing self-control on academic performance. Motivation Science, 1 (4), S. 219-232.

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Implicit theories about willpower predict self-regulation and grades in everyday life.

Job, Veronika; Walton, Gregory M.; Bernecker, Katharina; Dweck, Carol S. (2015). Implicit theories about willpower predict self-regulation and grades in everyday life. Journal of personality and social psychology, 108 (4), S. 637-647. 10.1037/pspp0000014

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Implicit theories about willpower predict the activation of a rest goal following self-control exertion

Job, Veronika; Bernecker, Katharina; Miketta, Stefanie; Friese, Malte (2015). Implicit theories about willpower predict the activation of a rest goal following self-control exertion. Journal of personality and social psychology, 109 (4), S. 694-706. 10.1037/pspp0000042

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Beliefs about willpower determine the impact of glucose on self-control

Job, Veronika; Walton, Gregory M.; Bernecker, Katharina; Dweck, Carol S. (2013). Beliefs about willpower determine the impact of glucose on self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (37), S. 14837-14842. 10.1073/pnas.1313475110

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Are implicit motives the need to feel certain affect? Motive–affect congruence predicts relationship satisfaction

Job, Veronika; Bernecker, Katharina; Dweck, Carol S. (2012). Are implicit motives the need to feel certain affect? Motive–affect congruence predicts relationship satisfaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38 (12), S. 1552-1565. 10.1177/0146167212454920

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Referate
  • "Hedonic Goal Pursuit and Its Relevance in Everyday Life", Keynote auf der Abschlussveranstaltung CAS Positive Psychologie 2023, Universität Zürich
  • "Die menschliche Natur: Einblicke in die Motivationspsychologie", Swisscom Security Conference 2021
  • "How Can We Get People To Do Things They Don’t Enjoy Doing?", Swiss Security Awareness Day 2020
  • "Trait Hedonic Capacity – Examining Mechanisms and Consequences", University of Geneva, September 2020; University of Reading, September 2020
  • "Auszubildende Motivieren", Gastvortrag für Young Talents Zurich, Credit Suisse AG, Mai 2019