The Metacontrol Lab

Metacontrol is the ability to adjust to different challenges in one's physical or social environment. Some challenges call for focus, will-power, analytical strength, and maintenance (= persistence), while others call for a broad view, an open mind, mental plasticity, and spontaneity (= flexibility). We study:

  • The functional and neural underpinnings of metacontrol;

  • The impact of intra- and inter-individual differences in metacontrol biases towards persistence and flexibility on performance, personality, and psychopathology;

  • The possibilities to enhance the adaptivity of metacontrol through interventions.

The Metacontrol Team

Core Team
PhD Students
Collaboration & Part-Time Members

Prof. Dr. Christian Beste (tu dresden)

Prof. Dr. Lorenza Colzato

Prof. Dr. Simone Kühn (max planck institute for human development, berlin)

Dr. Seema Prasad (tu dresden)

Prof. Dr. Jing Zhang (hangzhou dianzi university)

Prof. Dr. Arvid Kappas (constructors university bremen)

Prof. Dr. Francesco Maurelli (constructors university bremen)

Dr. Shudan Gao

Dr. Jiaqi Gao

Dr. Yang Gao

Dr. Shiwei Jia

Dr. Kangcheng Wang

Yu Pi

Jimin Yan

Hongchi Zhang

Jan Pohl

Xi (Rachel) Zhang

Shuai Zhao

Dr. Stephan Verschoor (bremen university)

Prof. Dr. Christian Frings (trier university)