Patricia Hirsch Copyright: © Patricia Hirsch



Patricia Hirsch

Institute of Psychology

Scientific employee


Room 308

Building 6011

Jaegerstrasse 17-19

52056 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 93543
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92318

Office hours

by appointment

Research interests

  • Cognitive Control
  • Attention
  • Language
  • Cognitive aging
  • Interface between appliead research and basic research in cognitive psychology in different contexts


Psychology B.Sc.

  • Experimental designs and empirical methods
  • Methods in cognitive psychology
  • Intoduction into scientific working
  • Empirical course
  • Experimental course
  • Motivation and emotion
  • Memory
  • Intoduction into scientific working

Psychology M.Sc.

  • Methods for the analysis of behavioral data
  • Methods in cognitive neuroscience
  • Project seminar: Cognitive Psychology

Third-party funded projects

  • BMDV-subproject in the project "BIM4People: Participatory design of sustainable mobility using (partially) automated visualizations of BIM model data" (2023-2026)
  • BMBF-subproject in the project "TraumAInterfaces: Development and testing of an AI-based speech recognition system for verbal communication in polytrauma care" (2020-2023)
  • RWTH Start-Up Project "Dynamics of task activation in task-interruption contexts" (2023)
  • RWTH Seed Fund Project "Investigating cognitive psychological principles of task management in context of training workers in manual assembly tasks" (2019)
  • RWTH Seed Fund Project "Basic Life Support: An empirical-experimental study on the quality of resuscitation measures" (2018)


  • Hirsch, P., Pears, K., Kiefer, C., Koch, I., & Sopka, S. (submitted). The effects of cognitive-motor requirements on the quality of chest compressions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Hensen, S., Koch, I., & Hirsch, P. (submitted). Relationship between process interference in response selection and memory encoding and retrieval processes.
  • Hirsch, P., Moretti, L., Leichtmann, B., Koch, I., & Nitsch, V. (submitted). Effects of interruption timing on task performance.
  • Hirsch, P., Moretti, L., Askin, S., & Koch, I. (2023). Examining the cognitive processes underlying resumption costs in task-interruption contexts: Decay or inhibition of suspended task goals? Memory & Cognition. Advance online publication. 10.3758/s13421-023-01458-8
  • Hirsch, P., Koch, I., & Grundgeiger, T. (2022). Task interruptions. In A. Kiesel et al. (Eds.), Handbook of Human Multitasking (pp. 145-188). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Hirsch, P., Roesch, C., & Koch, I. (2021). Evidence for a multicomponent hierarchical representation of dual tasks. Memory & Cognition, 49, 350-363.
  • Hirsch, P., Koch, I., & Karbach, J. (2019). Putting a stereotype to the test: The case of gender differences in multitasking costs in task-switching and dual-task situations. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0220150.
  • Hirsch, P., Nolden, S., Declerck, M., & Koch, I. (2018). Common cognitive control processes underlying performance in task-switching and dual-task contexts. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 14, 62-74. doi: 10.5709/acp0239-y
  • Hirsch, P., Nolden, S., Philipp, A. M., & Koch, I. (2018). Hierarchical task organization in dual tasks: evidence for higher-level task representations. Psychological Research, 82, 759-770. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0851-0
  • Hirsch, P., Nolden, S., & Koch, I. (2017). Higher-order cognitive control in dual tasks: Evidence from task-pair switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 569-580. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000309
  • Schuch, S., Zweerings, J., Hirsch, P., & Koch, I. (2017). Conflict adaptation in positive and negative mood: Applying a success-failure manipulation. Acta Psychologica, 176, 11-22. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.03.005
  • Hirsch, P., Schwarzkopp, T., Declerk, M., Reese, S., & Koch, I. (2016). Age-related differences in task switching and task preparation: Exploring the role of task-set competition. Acta Psychologica, 170, 66-73. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.06.008
  • Hirsch, P., Declerck, M., & Koch, I. (2015). Exploring the functional locus of language switching: Evidence from a PRP paradigm. Acta Psychologica, 161, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2015.07.010