PD Dr.

Stefanie Schuch

Scientific employee

Copyright: Stefanie Schuch
Institute of Psychology


Room 307

Building 6011

Jaegerstrasse 17-19

52066 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 96488
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92318

Office hours

by appointment

Teaching in the Summer Term of 2020:

  • Perception and Attention
  • Memory
  • Human and Technology (together with Christian Böffel)
  • Psychology of Work and Engineering (together with Christian Böffel)
  • Current findings in Cognitive and Work Psychology


Research interests

  • Cognitive control
  • Inhibition in task switching
  • Interaction of cognitive control and affect
  • Action observation


Third-party funded research projects

  • Project "The role of inhibition in human multitasking performance" [SCHU 3046/1-1]
    Funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
    Research grant within the Priority Program SPP 1772 "Human performance under multiple cognitive task requirements: From basic mechanisms to optimized task scheduling"
    2015 to 2018 (Phase 1) and 2019 to 2022 (Phase 2)


  • Schuch, S., & Dignath, D. (2020). Task-conflict biases decision making. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Accepted for publication. (Shared first authorship.)

  • Schuch, S., Bock, O., Freitag, K., & Moretti, L. (2020). Cognitive multitasking: Inhibition in task switching depends on stimulus complexity. Journal of Cognition, Special Issue "Current approaches to human cognitive and motor multitasking". Manuscript accepted for publication.

  • Contreras Saavreda, C. E., Willmes, K., Koch, I., Schuch, S., & Philipp, A. M. (2020). Multilingual two-digit number naming: The influence of composition rules on language switching. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Accepted for publication.
  • Schuch, S., & Pütz, S. (2019). Mood state and conflict adaptation: An update and a diffusion model analysis. Psychological Research, Online First. doi: 10.1007/s00426-019-01258-3
  • Kandalowski, S. R. M., Seibold, J. C., Schuch, S., & Koch, I. (2019). Examining binding effects on task switch costs and response-repetition effects: Variations of the cue modality and stimulus modality in task switching. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, Online First. doi: 10.3758/s13414-019-01931-0
  • Seibold, J. C., Koch, I., Nolden, S., Proctor, R. W., Vu, K.-P. L., & Schuch, S. (2019). Exploring response repetition effects in auditory task switching: Response discriminability and task-set decay. Acta Psychologica, 199, 102875, Online First.
  • Schuch, S., Dignath, D., Steinhauser, M., & Janczyk, M. (2019). Monitoring and Control in Multitasking. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26(1), 222-240. doi: 10.3758/s13423-018-1512-z.
  • Schuch, S. & Grange, J.A. (2018). Increased cognitive control after task conflict? Investigating the N-3 effect in task switching. Psychological Research, 83, 1703–1721. doi:10.1007/s00426-018-1025-4
  • Schuch, S., & Pütz, S. (2018). Mood state dissociates conflict adaptation within tasks and across tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(9), 1487-1499. doi 10.1037/xlm0000530
  • Koch, I., Frings, C., & Schuch, S. (2018). Explaining response-repetition effects in task switching: Evidence from switching cue modality suggests episodic binding and response inhibition. Psychological Research, 82, 570-579. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0847-9
  • Schuch, S., Sommer, A., & Lukas, S. (2018). Action control in task switching: Do action effects modulate N-2 repetition costs in task switching? Psychological Research, 82, 146–156. doi 10.1007/s00426-017-0946-7
  • 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.
  • Schuch, S., & Konrad, K. (2017). Investigating Task Inhibition in Children versus Adults: A diffusion model analysis. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 156, 143–167.
  • Schuch, S. (2016). Task inhibition and response inhibition in older versus younger adults: A diffusion model analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1722. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01722
  • Schuch, S.* & Grange, J.A.* (2015). The Effect of N-3 on N-2 Repetition Costs in Task Switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41, 760–767. *Both authors contributed equally to this work
  • Schuch, S. & Koch, I. (2015). Mood states influence cognitive control: The case of conflict adaptation. Psychological Research, 79, 759-772. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-014-0602-4
  • Gade, M., Schuch, S., Druey, M., & Koch, I. (2014). Inhibitory control in task switching. In J. Grange & G. Houghton (Eds.), Task switching and cognitive control, pp.137-159. Oxford University Press.
  • Lawo, V., Philipp, A.M., Schuch, S., & Koch, I. (2012). The role of task preparation and task inhibition in age-related task-switching deficits. Psychology and Aging, 27, 1130-1137. doi: 10.1037/a0027455
  • Schuch, S., Werheid, K. & Koch, I. (2012). Flexible and inflexible tasks: Asymmetric interference when switching between emotional expression, sex, and age classification of perceived faces. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 994-1005. DOI:10.1080/17470218.2011.638721
  • Koch, I., Schuch, S., Vu, K.-P., & Proctor, R. W. (2011). Response-repetition effects in task switching—Dissociating effects of anatomical and spatial response discriminability. Acta Psychologica, 136, 399-404. DOI:10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.01.006
  • Bayliss, A.P., Schuch, S., & Tipper, S.P. (2010). Gaze cuing elicited by emotional faces is influenced by affective context. Visual Cognition, 18, 1214-1232.
  • Koch, I., Gade, M., Schuch, S., & Philipp, A. M. (2010). The role of inhibition in task switching – A review. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 1-14.
  • Schuch, S., Bayliss, A.P., Klein, C., & Tipper, S.P. (2010). Attention modulates motor system activation during action observation: Evidence for inhibitory rebound. Experimental Brain Research, 205, 235-249.
  • Schuch, S., & Koch, I. (2010). Response-repetition effects in task switching with and without response execution. Acta Psychologica, 135. 302-309. DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.07.016
  • Schuch, S. & Tipper, S.P. (2007). On observing another person’s actions: Influences of observed inhibition and errors. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 828-837.
  • Kiefer, M., Schuch, S., Schenck, W. & Fiedler, K. (2007). Emotional mood states modulate brain activity during episodic memory encoding. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 1516-1530.
  • Kiefer, M., Schuch, S., Schenck, W. & Fiedler, K. (2007). Emotion and memory: Event-related potential indices predictive for subsequent sucessful memory depend on the emotional mood state. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 3(3), 363-373.
  • Schuch, S. & Koch, I. (2006). Task switching and action sequencing. Psychological Research, 70(6), 526-540.
  • Schuch, S. & Koch, I. (2004). The costs of changing the representation of action: Response repetition and response-response compatibility in dual tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30(3), 566-582.
  • Schuch, S. & Koch, I. (2003). The role of response selection for inhibition of task sets in task shifting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29(1), 92-105.
  • Koch, I., Metin, B., & Schuch, S. (2003). The role of temporal unpredictability for process interference and code overlap in perception-action dual tasks. Psychological Research, 67(4), 244-252.