von Hecker Ulrich

von Hecker Ulrich, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Postal Address:
School of Psychology - Cardiff University
Tower Building, Park Place
United Kingdom

Unit: School of Psychology - Cardiff University

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 6639
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4858

My current interests concern attentional processes, and the link between cognition and emotion. I study how social perception is affected by states of dysphoria and depression. For example, my collaborators and I have found that sad mood influences cognition in highly specific ways, impairing people in situations when they have to process and integrate novel stimuli into mental models and global representations. New fMRI research is underway exploring the idea that different brain areas contribute to inferential reasoning in depressed vs. non-depressed individuals. Other recent research focuses on attentional control in different mood states, and on the flexibility of emotional episodes and experiences. I am also interested in "embodied cognition" and the application of this concept in social cognition.

  • Meiser, T., Sattler, C., & von Hecker, U. (in press). Metacognitive inferences in source memory decisions: The role of perceived differences in item recognition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Rudolph, U., & von Hecker, U. (2006). Three principles of explanation: Verb schemas, balance, and imbalance repair. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 25, 377-405.
  • von Hecker, U., & Meiser, T. (2005). Defocused attention in depressed mood: Evidence from source monitoring. Emotion, 5, 456-463.
  • Sedek, G. & von Hecker, U. (2004). Effects of Subclinical Depression and Aging on Generative Reasoning about Linear Orders: Same or Different Processing Limitations? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 133, 237-260.
  • von Hecker, U. & Dutke, S. (2004). Integrative Social Perception: Individuals Low in Working Memory Benefit More From External Representations. Social Cognition, 22, 336-365.
  • von Hecker, U., Sedek, G., & McIntosh, D. N. (2000). Impaired systematic, higher order strate gies in depression and helplessness: Testing implications of the cognitive exhaustion model. In: U. von Hecker, S. Dutke, & G. Sedek, (Eds), Generative mental processes and cognitive resources: Integrative research on adaptation and control (pp. 245-275). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • von Hecker, U. & Sedek, G. (1999). Uncontrollability, depression, and the construction of mental models. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 4, 833 - 850.