Erich Weichselgartner

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Erich Weichselgartner, PhD, Dr. habil.
Senior Researcher

E-Mail: erich.weichselgartner[at]

Erich Weichselgartner received his PhD in Experimental Psychology in the Human Information Processing Laboratory at New York University, USA and subsequently did his postdoctoral qualification work (Habilitation) at Regensburg University in Germany. Among Weichselgartner’s interests in psychology are early human information processing and the theoretical aspects of psychological measurement. In his positions at the Leibniz-Institute for Psychology and at the Fraunhofer Society Weichselgartner utilized his professional experience in computer science and in information science and his knowledge in psychology to help develop high quality information systems for the scientific community. Weichselgartner received several grants by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Competition).

Main Areas of Research:

  • Elementary Human Information Processing
    • Attention, Memory, and Perception
    • Results: The influence of attentional and perceptual factors on human (memory) performance; temporal characteristics of very early information processing; mathematical attention models
  • Human-Centered Digital Research Support Systems
    • Digital Scholarship; Open Science; Knowledge Publishing, Cross-Lingual Systems
    • Results: Methods and procedures for scientific content aggregation, processing and delivery; key factors of openness facilitating knowledge accumulation (primary focus on research data sharing); facilitating multi-lingual information access.

Selected Publications:

Bierhoff, H.-W., Funke, J., Reips, U. & Weichselgartner, E. (2005). Information und Kommunikation 2005: Ein Lagebericht und einige Zukunftsperspektiven. Psychologische Rundschau, 56, 212-219.

Castro, A., Hastings, J., Lange, Ch., Stevens, R. & Weichselgartner, E. (2015). Dagstuhl Manifesto: Digital Scholarship and Open Science in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences. Informatik Spektrum, 38 (6), 572-573. doi: 10.1007/s00287-015-0936-3 [doi]

Castro, A., Barth, I, & Weichselgartner, E. (2015). KOBPSY, a knowledge base in psychology and behavioral sciences. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business, I-KNOW ’15, Graz, Austria, October 21-23, 2015. ACM 2015, ISBN 978-1-4503-3721-2. doi: 10.1145/2809563.2809604 [doi]

Dehnhard, I., Weichselgartner, E., & Krampen, G. (2013). Researcher’s Willingness to Submit Data for Data Sharing: A Case Study on a Data Archive for Psychology. Data Science Journal, 12, 172-180.

Forcher, B., Giloj, A. & Weichselgartner, E. (2014). Keyword-Based Semantic Search Engine Koios++. International Semantic Web Conference, 241-244 (CEUR Workshop Proceedings 1272, 2014) [pdf (CEUR)]

Leplow, B., Funke, J., Strack, G. & Weichselgartner, E. (2007). Vorschläge und Empfehlungen für die Verbreitung wissenschaftlicher Publikationen sowie für den Zugang zur wissenschaftlichen Literatur. Psychologische Rundschau, 58, 74-76. (Bericht der IuK-Kommission der DGPs)

Quality Standards Working Group of the German Data Forum. (2015). Quality Standards for the Development, Application, and Evaluation of Measurement Instruments in Social Science Survey Research. RatSWD Working Paper Series No. 245. urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-547025

Sperling, G., Reeves, A., Blaser, E., Lu, Z.-L., & Weichselgartner, E. (2001). Two computational models of attention. In Braun, J., Koch, Ch., & Davis, J. L. (Hrsg.), Visual attention and cortical circuits. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Sperling, G., & Weichselgartner, E. (1995). Episodic theory of the dynamics of spatial attention. Psychological Review, 102, 503-532.

Weber, B., Bosnjak, M., Weichselgartner, E. & Rosman, T. (2020). Perspektiven wissenschaftlicher Informationsinfrastruktur-Einrichtungen am Beispiel Psychologie: Trends, Herausforderungen, Lösungen. Password Online. doi:10.23668/psycharchives.4752 [doi]

Weichselgartner, E., Baier, C., & Ramthun, R. (2017). PubPsych: A powerful research tool providing access to a broad supranational body of psychological knowledge. Datenbank-Spektrum, 17(1), 35-39. doi:10.1007/s13222-016-0244-3 [doi]

Weichselgartner, E. & Winkler-Nees, S. (2010). Data for Everyone! German Research, 3/2010, p. 19. doi: 10.1002/germ.201190003 [doi]

Weichselgartner, E., & Sperling, G. (1987). Dynamics of automatic and controlled visual attention. Science, 238, 778-780.

Weichselgartner, E., & Sperling, G. (1985). Continuous measurement of visible persistence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 11, 711-725.

Weichselgartner, E. (1981). Adaptive individualisierte Psychodiagnostik auf Taschenrechner-Basis. Zeitschrift für Experimentelle und Angewandte Psychologie, 28, 335-352.