Bio

My name is Alexandra Hering. I am working as an assistant professor at the department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University. Before coming to Tilburg, I worked at the University of Geneva as lecturer and research group leader. I studied Psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. Before doing my PhD in Geneva, I spent six months at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. I am interested in lifespan development, goal-directed behaviour and why I always forgot to feed my fish at home  (aka prospective memory).  

Expertise

My research is driven by the aims to understand (1) how goal-directed behaviour changes from childhood to older age, (2) how these changes are influenced by other cognitive functions like working memory and context factors such as emotions and mood, and (3) how goal-directed behaviour can be promoted by cognitive trainings to counteract age-related challenges across the lifespan. To do so, I combine behavioural and electrophysiological measures (i.e., EEG) to better understand the brain mechanisms underlying our behaviour. 

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Recent publications

  1. Higher levels of neuroticism in older adults predict lower executive …

    Da Silva Coelho, C., Joly-Burra, E., Ihle, A., Ballhausen, N., Haas, M., Hering, A., Kunzi, M., Laera, G., Mikneviciute, G., Tinello, D., Kliegel, M., & Zuber, S. (2022). Higher levels of neuroticism in older adults predict lower executive functioning across time: the mediating role of perceived stress. European Journal of Ageing.
  2. Do executive functions explain older adults’ health-related quality o…

    Laera, G., Joly-Burra, E., Zuber, S., Ballhausen, N., Künzi, M., Ihle, A., Da Silva Coelho, C., Haas, M., Mikneviciute, G., Tinello, D., Kliegel, M., & Hering, A. (2022). Do executive functions explain older adults’ health-related quality of life beyond event-based prospective memory? Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.
  3. Quantifying ADHD symptoms in open-ended everyday life contexts with a…

    Seesjärvi, E., Puhakka, J., Aronen, E. T., Lipsanen, J., Mannerkoski, M., Hering, A., Zuber, S., Kliegel, M., Laine, M., & Salmi, J. (2022). Quantifying ADHD symptoms in open-ended everyday life contexts with a new virtual reality task. Journal of Attention Disorders.
  4. Acting with the future in mind - Testing competing prospective memory…

    Henry, J. D., Hering, A., Haines, S., Grainger, S. A., Koleits, N., Mclennan, S., Pelly, R., Doyle, C., Rose, N. S., Kliegel, M., & Rendell, P. G. (2021). Acting with the future in mind: Testing competing prospective memory interventions. Psychology and Aging, 36(4), 491-503.
  5. Social robot interventions for people with dementia - A systematic re…

    Hirt, J., Ballhausen, N., Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Beer, T., & Meyer, G. (2021). Social robot interventions for people with dementia: A systematic review on effects and quality of reporting. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 79(2), 773-792.

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