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Learning to Learn

The project is of interest for those who are interested in understanding and researching the process of learning - the core of education. Research happens in different sub-projects.

These focus on obstacles of learning, modifiable variables of learning with models for pauses, sleeping rhythm, meditation and the resulting effect in building of competence through the "Lernwerkstatt".
Depending on the sub-project, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods are applied.

At the core lies researching the "Lernwerkstatt". There, students have the opportunity to practice their abilities in self-regulated learning. Reflexion and knowledge concerning psychological and physiological aspects of learning, as well as concrete practicing, are supposed to help finding one´s own "study-style” and conquer study obstacles.

The "Lernwerkstatt" is regularly offered as part of the electives in the curriculum Studium fundamentale.

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Overview of the Subprojects

The research takes place within the different sub-projects.

These focus on:

  • Study-obstacles
  • Modifiable variables of studying, such as break-models, sleeping rhythms and meditation
  • Experiencing the effect of building competencies through the Lernwerkstatt.
  • Study offers at German universities, esp. for students of medicine and psychology


Depending on the sub-project, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods are implemented. Bachelor`s- and Master`s Thesis as well as dissertations can be accompanied in the project. Detailed informations can be sent on request.

Kernthema 1: Regulation physiologischer Grundlagen des Lernen - Schlaf, Pausen, Balance
  • Ansprechpartner: Diethard Tauschel  Email
Meditation and Procrastination:

Procrastination describes a complex disorder of action control, which presents itself especially through a low level of self-regulation. A prevalance of 75% can be seen in students. Meditational practice has shown to be highly effective for positively influencing levels of concentration and regulation.We follow the hypotheses, that meditation improves the self-regulatory abilities of students, thus likely to have a positive effect on the problem of procrastination.Research projects on this topic are available. Please contact us for more information.

Miriam Thye Email

Student participation

It is possible to write a bachelor-, master-, or Dr.’s thesis as part of the project.

Our integrative research-curriculum offers the possibility to gain experience in scientific research and “learning how to learn”.

Based on individual previous experience and knowledge, a topic can be chosen together with the project supervisors. The collaboration is then made up of independent work as well as collaborative exchange with different co-workers. Reliable, long-term and continuous participation, preferably throughout the full length of the project are expected.

The goal is, to gain deeper insight in to the psychological and physiological aspects of “learning to learn”, as well as presenting and publishing the results. A co-authorship is possible, given relevance and quality of results.

Veröffentlichungen

Die Übersicht zu den Veröffentlichungen finden sich auf der homepage zum Lernen