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Department of Management Sciences

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Prof. Dr Cristina Massen

Department of Management Sciences (Rheinbach Campus)/Professorship of Business Psychology, esp. General Psychology and Methodology/Head of the degree programme Business Psychology (M.Sc.)


Department of Management Sciences





53359, Rheinbach


+49 2241 865 9622


Field of expertise

  • Business Psychology, esp. General Psychology and Research Methods

Subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Quantitative und qualitative research methods

Research areas

  • General Psychology
  • Imitation and learning in the economic context
  • Work Psychology, esp. Work and Technology
  • Imitation of consumer choices

Curriculum vitae

Academic and professional career

  • Research assistant at the Institute for General Psychology of the University of Bonn, Ph.D. in 2001
  • Research associate at the department of Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (formerly MPI for Psychological Research) in Munich, then Leipzig, habilitation und venia legendi 2009
  • Deputy professorship of General Psychology at the University of Bonn
  • Research associate, then Head of the research group Observation and Operation at the Leipzig Institute for Labour Research in Dortmund (IFADO)
  • Professorship of Business Psychology with focus on General Psychology and Methodology at Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne
  • As of 1st March 2014 Professor of Psychology with focus on General Psychology and Methodology at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Research Projects

Roiporq - Alternative husbandry systems for more sustainability in pork production

In the project "Roiporq - Suitability of a special pig cross-breeding for alternative forms of husbandry with full physical integrity of the animals for differentiation in the market" a special pig cross-breeding, which is suitable for conventional and organic fattening, will be tested for market suitability. The meat of this cross-breeding should be sensorially distinguishable for consumers and thus be recognizably differentiated from conventionally produced pork.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Martin Hamer
CSR communication put to the test

Food is increasingly available at lower prices in Germany. As a result, large sections of the population in Germany can now financially afford to eat meat every day, for example. However, the production, trade and consumption of meat are not free from criticism. Companies are responding to this with various means of improved communication; such as information offers or quality seals and labels for the consideration of animal welfare.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Wiltrud Terlau


Articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Boutin, A., Blandin, Y., Massen, C., Heuer, H. & Badets, A. (2014). Conscious awareness of action potentiates sensorimotor learning. Cognition, 133(1), 1-9.
  • Massen, C., Rieger, M. & Sülzenbrück, S. (2014). Using scissors to bisect a line: A perception-action dissociation in complex tool use. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 172-178.
  • Rieger, M. & Massen, C. (2014). Tool characteristics in imagery of tool actions. Psychological Research, 78, 10-17.
  • Massen, C. (2013). Cognitive representations of tool-use interactions. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 239-246.
  • Boutin, A., Massen, C. Heuer, H. (2013). Modality-specific organization in the representation of sensorimotor sequences. Frontiers in Cognition, 4, 937.
  • Diefenbach, C., Rieger, M., Massen, C., & Prinz, W. (2013). Action-sentence compatibility: The role of action effects and timing. Frontiers in Cognition, 4, 272.
  • Massen, C. & Sattler, C. (2013). Bimanual interference associated with handling different tool transformations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 893-909.
  • Massen, C. & Sattler, C. (2012). What to do and how to do it: Action representations in tool use. Experimental Brain Research, 218, 227-235.
  • Massen, C. (2012). Die Planung und kognitive Repräsentation von Handlungen mit Werkzeugen. Psychologische Rundschau, 63, 79-91.
  • Massen, C. & Sattler, C. (2010). Coordinative constraints in bimanual tool use. Experimental Brain Research, 206, 71-79.
  • Massen, C. & Sattler, C. (2010). Bimanual interference with compatible and incompatible tool transformations. Acta Psychologica, 135, 201-208.
  • Beisert, M., Massen, C. & Prinz, W. (2010). Embodied rules in tool use: A tool-switching study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 359-372.
  • Massen, C. (2009). Observing human interaction with physical devices. Experimental Brain Research, 199, 49-58.
  • Massen, C., Vaterrodt-Plünnecke, B., Krings, L., & Hilbig, B. (2009). Effects of instruction on participants’ ability to generate an effective pathway in the method of loci. Memory, 17, 724-731.
  • Massen, C. & Prinz, W. (2009). Movements, actions and tool-use actions: An ideomotor approach to imitation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364, 2349-2358.
  • Herwig, A. & Massen, C. (2009). Action planning with two-handed tools. Psychological Research, 73, 727-740.
  • Rieger, M., Verwey, W., & Massen, C. (2008). The effect of continuous, nonlinearly transformed visual feedback on rapid aiming movements. Experimental Brain Research, 161, 1-12.
  • Lepper, M. , Massen, C. & Prinz, W. (2008). What to do and how to do it: Sequence learning of action effects and transformation rules. Acta Psychologica, 128, 139-152.
  • Massen, C. & Prinz, W. (2007). Activation of action rules in action observation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 33, 1118-1130.
  • Massen, C. & Prinz, W. (2007). Programming tool-use actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 692-704.
  • Massen, C. & Stegt, S. (2007). Inhibition of return impairs episodic memory access. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60(5), 696-707.
  • Massen, C. & Vaterrodt-Plünnecke, B. (2006). The role of proactive interference in mnemonic techniques. Memory, 14(2), 189-196.
  • Massen, C. & Bredenkamp, J. (2005). Die Wundt-Bühler-Kontroverse aus der Sicht der heutigen kognitiven Psychologie. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 213(2) ,109-114.
  • Massen, C. (2004). Parallel programming of exogenous and endogenous components in the antisaccade task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 57 A, 3, 475-498.
  • Massen, C. & Rieger, M. (2012). Using tools: From movements to environmental effects. Themenheft der Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Heft 01/2012.
Monographs, contributions in books and on conferences
  • Heuer, H. & Massen, C. (2012). Motor control. In A.F. Healy & R.W. Proctor (Volume Eds.), Handbook of Psychology (2nd edition), Volume 4, pp.320-355. New York: Wiley.
  • Stegt, S. & Massen, C. (2009). The effect of visuo-spatial attention on long-term memory encoding. In E.B. Hartonek (Ed.), Experimental Psychology Research Trends, pp. 79-96. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Massen, C., Lepper, M. & Prinz, W. (2007). Handlungsplanung bei Werkzeughandlungen. In Max-Planck-Jahrbuch, 301-306.
  • Massen, C. (2004). Vorteile deduktiver Forschungsstrategien am Beispiel eines Paradigmas aus der Sakkadenforschung. In E. Erdfelder & J. Funke (Hrsg.), Allgemeine Psychologie und Deduktivistische Methodologie, S.207-224. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Cüpper, L. & Massen, C. (2003). Effects of visuo-spatial attention on episodic memory access. In B. Kokinov & W. Hirst (Eds.), Constructive Memory, NBU Series in Cognitive Science, pp. 186-196. Sofia: New Bulgarian University Press.
  • Massen, C. (2002). Exekutive Kontrolle und sakkadische Augenbewegungen: Inhibitionsmechanismen in der Antisakkadenaufgabe. In F. Wilkening, F. Caspar, O. Güntürkün, Th. Rammsayer, V. Sarris & F. Strack (Eds.), Psychologia universalis, Neue Reihe, Band 29, Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
Popular science articles
  • Massen, C. (2012). Du gehörst zu mir. Gehirn & Geist, 7-8, 64-69

Further Information

Supervised theses

  • Various topics from the subject and research areas mentioned above