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Postdoc Network: Cognitive Conflicts During Media Use

With this program the IWM supports excellent postdocs on their way to a succesfull academic carreer.

The IWM is committed to the promotion of young researchers. While several institutions offer structured funding programs for PhD students (e.g., IWM program), structured funding for young researchers at the postdoc level is lacking. Here, with the postdoc network 'Cognitive Conflicts During Media Use' funded by the senate committee for competition the IWM takes over a role model for the promotion of young postdoc researchers.

Figure 1

The postdoc network that is organized by the participating postdocs themselves selectively promotes young scientists who aim for an academic career after the successful completion of a PhD. The central objective of the network is to support the participating postdoc in developing an independent research profile as well as the acquisition of third-party funding. In order to achieve this objective, the members of the postdoc network among other things have access to the following resources.


  • Seed money for preparing proposals for third party funding
  • Funding for lab visits abroad
  • Funding for organizing workshops, mentoring, and training
  • Travel grants for visiting conferences
  • Funding to enhance the reconcilability of work and family

The network is supervised from the professors of the IWM: 

The following projects are funded within the network:

  • Merkt & Schüler (AG Schwan, AG Scheiter) – Detecting and handling conflicts in dynamic respresentations

  • Domahidi, Merkt, & Schüler (NG Utz, AG Schwan, AG Scheiter) – The influence of conflicts in social media profiles on expertise judgments

  • Bientzle, Huber, & Ninaus (AG Cress, NG Möller) – Sensor-based assessment of cognitive conflicts in digital learning environments

  • Meyerhoff & Scholl (AG Schwan, AG Sassenberg) - Causality heuristics and the role of social power in resolving ambiguous, conflicting situations