Paul Seitlinger

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Paul Christian Seitlinger, Mag. Dr. rer. nat.
Senior Researcher
E-Mail: pseiti[at]


Paul Seitlinger received his Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz with a thesis on “Imitation in Social Software environments: The role of implicit and explicit memory processes” in 2012 and his diploma in psychology also from the Karl-Franzens-University in 2009. His research interests include formal models of searching memory and external environments (e.g., on the Web) and their application in discovery learning scenarios (e.g., design of recommendation mechanisms for digital learning environments) as well as in cognitive games (e.g., model-based game environments to train search and memory). He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Cognitive Science Section (University of Graz) and at the School of Educational Sciences (Tallinn University). Since 2009, he has been researching in EU-FP7 projects (MATURE, weSPOT, LearningLayers, CEITER) and in two Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Projects (MERITS, OMFix).
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Main Areas of Research:

  • Search of Long-Term Memory, Working Memory Capacity, Executive Functions
  • Social Tagging, Web-based Search, Discovery Learning


List of all scientific publications:
Book Chapters

Ley, T., Seitlinger, P., & Pata, K. (2016). Patterns of meaning in a cognitive ecosystem: Modeling stabilization and enculturation in social tagging systems. In U. Cress, J. Moskaliuk & H. Jeong (Eds.), Mass collaboration and education (pp. 143-163). Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series (vol. 16). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-13536-6_8 [doi]

Kowald, D., Kopeinik, S., Seitlinger, P., Ley, T., Albert, D., & Trattner, C. (2015). Refining frequency-based tag reuse predictions by means of time and semantic context. In M. Atzmueller, A. Chin, C. Scholz & C. Trattner (Eds.), Mining, modeling, and recommending ‘things’ in social media: 4th International Workshops, MUSE 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, September 23, 2013, and MSM 2013, Paris, France, May 1, 2013, Revised selected papers (pp. 55-74). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (vol. 8940). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-14723-9_4 [doi]

Ley, T., Seitlinger, P., Schöfegger, K., & Lindstaedt, S. N. (2012). Community-orientiertes Lernen. In J. Haake, G. Schwabe & M. Wessner (Eds.), CSCL-Kompendium 2.0 Lehr- und Handbuch zum computerunterstützten kooperativen Lernen (pp. 271-283). Berlin, Germany: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag. doi:10.1524/9783486716825.261 [doi]

Journal Publications

Seitlinger, P., Ley, T., Kowald, D., Theiler, D., Hasani-Mavriqi, I., Dennerlein, S., Lex, E., & Albert, D. (2018). Balancing the fluency-consistency tradeoff in collaborative information search with a recommender approach. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 34(6). doi:10.1080/10447318.2017.1379240 [doi]

Trattner, C., Kowald, D., Seitlinger, P., Kopeinik, S., & Ley, T. (2016). Modeling activation processes in human memory to predict the use of tags in social bookmarking systems. The Journal of Web Science, 2(1), 1-16. doi:10.1561/106.00000004 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., Ley, T., & Albert, D. (2015). Verbatim and semantic imitation in indexing resources on the web: A fuzzy-trace account of social tagging. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29(1), 32-48. doi:10.1002/acp.3067 [doi]

Ley, T., & Seitlinger, P. (2015). Dynamics of human categorization in a collaborative tagging system: How social processes of semantic stabilization shape individual sensemaking. Computers in Human Behavior, 51, Part A, 140-151. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.04.053 [doi]

Conference Papers

Zhiglova Y., Lamas, D., Smorgun, I., & Seitlinger, P. (in press). Vibro-tactile implicit interactions: so what? In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. xxx-xxx). Springer IFIP-LNCS Volumes.

Kopeinik, S., Lex, E., Seitlinger, P., Albert, D., & Ley, T. (2017). Supporting collaborative learning with tag recommendations: A real-world study in an inquiry-based classroom project. Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK ’17), 13-17 March 2017, Vancouver, Canada. (pp. 409-418). doi:10.1145/3027385.3027421 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., & Ley, T. (2016). Reconceptualizing imitation in social tagging: A reflective search model of human web interaction. Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, 22-25 May 2016, Hannover, Germany. (pp. 146-155). New York, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2908131.2908157 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., Kowald, D., Kopeinik, S., Hasani-Mavriqi, I., Lex, E., & Ley, T. (2015). Attention please! A hybrid resource recommender mimicking attention-interpretation dynamics. WWW ’15 Companion. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web, 18-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy. (pp. 339-345). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2740908.2743057 [doi]

Kowald, D., Seitlinger, P., Trattner, C., & Ley, T. (2014). Long time no see: The probability of reusing tags as a function of frequency and recency. WWW ’14 Companion. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web, 7-11 April 2014, Seoul, Korea. (pp. 463-468). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2567948.2576934 [doi]

Lacic, E., Kowald, D., Seitlinger, P. C., Trattner, C., & Parra, D. (2014). Recommending items in social tagging systems using tag and time information. Proceedings of the 1st Social Personalization Workshop Co-Located with the 25th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, 1-4 September 2014, Santiago, Chile. (pp. 4-9).

Seitlinger, P., Kowald, D., Trattner, C., & Ley, T. (2013). Recommending tags with a model of human categorization. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM International Conference on Information & Knowledge Management (CIKM ’13), 27 October – 1 November 2013, San Francisco, California, USA. (pp. 2381-2386). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2505515.2505625 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., Ley, T., & Albert, D. (2013). An implicit-semantic tag recommendation mechanism for socio-semantic learning systems. In T. Ley, M. Ruohonen, M. Laanpere & A. Tatnall (Eds.), Open and social technologies for networked learning: IFIP WG 3.4 International Conference, OST 2012, Tallinn, Estonia, July 30 — August 3, 2012, Revised selected papers (pp. 41-46). IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (vol. 395). Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37285-8_5 [doi]

Kaschig, A., Maier, R., Sandow, A., Brown, A., Ley, T., Magenheim, J., Mazarakis, A., & Seitlinger, P. (2012). Technological and organizational arrangements sparking effects on individual, community and organizational learning. In A. Ravenscroft, S. Lindstaedt, C. D. Kloos & D. Hernández-Leo (Eds.), 21st century learning for 21st century skills: 7th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2012, Saarbrücken, Germany, September 18-21, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 180-193). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (vol. 7563). Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-33263-0_15 [doi]

Seitlinger, P. C., Bedek, M. A., Kopeinik, S., & Albert, D. (2012). Evaluating the validity of a non-invasive assessment procedure. In M. Ma, M. F. Oliveira, J. B. Hauge, H. Duin & K. Thoben (Eds.), Serious games development and applications: Third International Conference, SGDA 2012, Bremen, Germany, September 26-29, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 208-218). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (vol. 7528). Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-33687-4_18 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., & Ley, T. (2012). Implicit imitation in social tagging: Familiarity and semantic reconstruction. CHI’12 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 5-10 May 2012, Austin, Texas, USA. (pp. 1631-1640). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/2207676.2208287 [doi]

Seitlinger, P., & Ley, T. (2011). Implicit and explicit memory in social tagging: Evidence from a process dissociation procedure. Proceedings of the 29th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, 24-26 August 2011, Rostock, Germany. (pp. 97-104). ACM. doi:10.1145/2074712.2074733 [doi]

Ley, T., & Seitlinger, P. (2010). A cognitive perspective on emergent semantics in collaborative tagging: The basic level effect. In F. Cena, A. Dattolo, S. Kleanthous, C. Tasso, D. Bueno Vallejo & J. Vassileva (Eds.), Proceedings of International Workshop on Adaptation in Social and Semantic Web (SAS-WEB 2010), 21 June 2010, Hawaii, USA. (pp. 13-18). CEUR Workshop Proceedings (vol. 590). [link]

Schoefegger, K., Seitlinger, P., & Ley, T. (2010). Towards a user model for personalized recommendations in work-integrated learning: A report on an experimental study with a collaborative tagging system. Procedia Computer Science, 1(2), 2829-2838. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2010.08.008 [doi]


Seitlinger, P. (2019, July). A Model-based Approach towards Cognitive Games for Discovery Learning: A Web-based Paradigm and Neural Network Analysis. ALTTAI Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee. (Abstract)

Uus, Õ., Seitlinger, P., & Ley, T. (2018, October). The role of working memory capacity in a multi-dimensional category-learning task. Talk presented at the EARLI 2019, Jerusalem, Israel. (Abstract)

Seitlinger, P., Ley, T., Flemming, H., & Albert, D. (2018, June). A neural network account of creativity-related differences in memory search: empirical evidence from an association chain task. Talk presented at the NetSci 2018 Satellite Networks in Cognitive Science, Paris, France. (Abstract)