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Maria Wirzberger

Technische Universität Chemnitz
Faculty of Humanities
Institute for Media Research
E-Learning and New Media
Reichenhainer Straße 70, Room A312,
09126 Chemnitz, Germany

Phone: +49 371 531-31652
Fax: +49 371 531-831652
Email: maria.wirzberger {at} phil.tu-chemnitz.de
 
 

Dissertation Project

“CLT meets ACT-R: Modeling load-inducing factors in instructional design” (working title)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Günter Daniel Rey (E-Learning and New Media)
Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Josef F. Krems (Cognitive and Engineering Psychology)
Research area: Learning
 
 

Research Interests

  • Modeling and simulation of human cognition
  • Visual attention, distraction and task interruption
  • Cognitive load in instructional settings
  • Working memory and learning performance
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Advanced statistical methods

 

Curriculum Vitae

since 04/2017 Junior Lecturer, Chair of E-Learning and New Media, Technische Universität Chemnitz
since 04/2015 Research Assistant, DFG Research Training Group “CrossWorlds – Connecting virtual and real social worlds“, Technische Universität Chemnitz
01/2015 – 03/2015 Research Assistant, Chair of Cognitive Modeling in dynamic Human-Machine Systems, Technische Universität Berlin
01/2013 – 09/2014 Student Research Assistant with teaching duties (Tutor), Chair of Human-Machine Systems, Technische Universität Berlin
10/2012 – 12/2014 Master’s programme “Human Factors” (M.Sc.), Technische Universität Berlin
Master’s thesis: Smart@load? Modeling interruption while using a Smartphone-app in alternating workload conditions
09/2010 – 12/2010 Research Intern, Max Planck Research Group “Affect Across the Lifespan”, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
04/2009 – 06/2010 Lecturer, Vocational Training Center of the Bavarian Economy (bfz), Aschaffenburg
04/2009 – 09/2012 Bachelor’s programme “Psychology” (B.Sc.), FernUniversität in Hagen
Bachelor’s thesis: Experimental induction of attention distraction within the seductive detail effect
02/2008 – 03/2009 Vocational training programme “Personal Coach”, Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg
09/2006 – 12/2008 Professional occupations in pre-primary educational fields in Germany and Switzerland
09/2002 – 01/2006 Diploma programme “Inclusive Education”, Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Bochum
Diploma thesis: “It’s easy to be a brother, but hard to be a sister?” – Gender-related perspectives on the situation of disabled childrens’ brothers and sisters

 

Publications

Peer-Review Articles

  • Wirzberger, M., Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., & Rey, G. D. (2016). One for all?! Simultaneous examination of load-inducing factors for advancing media-related instructional research. Computers & Education, 100, 18-31. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2016.04.010
  • Wirzberger, M., & Russwinkel, N. (2015). Modeling interruption and resumption in a smartphone task: An ACT-R approach. i-com, 14, 147-154. doi: 10.1515/icom-2015-0033
  • Russwinkel, N., Prezenski, S., Lindner, S., Halbrügge, M., Schulz, M., & Wirzberger, M. (2014). Modeling of cognitive aspects of mobile interaction. Cognitive Processing, 15(Suppl. 1), S22-S24. doi: 10.1007/s10339-014-0632-2

Book Chapters and Proceedings

  • Wirzberger, M., Schneider, S., Dlouhy, S., & Rey, G. D. (2017). Time – Space – Content? Interrupting features of hyperlinks in multimedia learning. In T. Goschke, A. Bolte, & C. Kirschbaum (Eds.) Abstracts of the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) (p. 97). Lengerich: Papst Science Publishers.
  • Schneider, S., Wirzberger, M., Augustin, Y., & Rey, G. D. (2017, March 27th). The moderating role of arousal on the seductive detail effect. In T. Goschke, A. Bolte, & C. Kirschbaum (Eds.) Abstracts of the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) (p. 96). Lengerich: Papst Science Publishers.
  • Beege, M., Nebel, S., Schneider, S., Wirzberger, M., Schmidt, N., & Rey, G. D. (2016). Bedingt räumliche Nähe bessere Lernergebnisse? Die Rolle der Distanz und Integration beim Lernen mit multiplen Informationsquellen [Is spatial proximity crucial for learning outcomes? The role of spatial distance and integration in learning with multiple sources of information]. In I. Fritsche (Ed.). 50th Conference of the German Psychological Society. Abstracts (p. 540). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2016). Examining load-inducing factors in instructional design: An ACT-R approach. In D. Reitter, & F. E. Ritter (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2016) (pp. 223-224). University Park, PA: Penn State.
  • Wirzberger, M., Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., & Rey, G. D. (2016). CLT meets WMU: Simultaneous experimental manipulation of load factors in a basal working memory task. 9th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference, June 22nd to 24th, 2016, Bochum, Germany, Abstracts (p. 19).
  • Wirzberger, M., Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., & Rey, G. D. (2016). Separating cognitive load facets in a working memory updating task: An experimental approach. International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada – Spain, May 5-8, 2016, Abstract Book (pp. 211-212).
  • Wirzberger, M. (2016). Modeling load factors in multimedia learning: An ACT-R approach. In B. Etzold, R. Richter, M. Eibl, & W. Lehner (Eds.). Dagstuhl 2016. Proceedings of the 10th Joint Workshop of the German Research Training Groups in Computer Science (p. 98). Chemnitz: Universitätsverlag Chemnitz.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2016). CLT meets ACT-R: Modeling load-inducing factors in instructional design. In J. Funke, J. Rummel, & A. Voß (Eds.). Abstracts of the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (p. 377). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Lüderitz, C., Wirzberger, M., & Karrer-Gauß, K. (2016). Sustainable effects of simulator-based training on ecological driving. In B. Deml, P. Stock, R. Bruder, & C. M. Schlick (Eds.). Advances in Ergonomic Design of Systems, Products and Processes. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the GfA 2015 (pp. 463-475), Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Wirzberger, M. & Rey, G. D. (2015). Cognitive modeling meets instructional design: Exploring Cognitive Load Theory with ACT-R. In C. Wienrich, T. Zander, & K. Gramann (Eds.). Trends in Neuroergonomics. Proceedings of the 11th Berlin Workshop Human-Machine Systems (pp. 190-193), Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin. doi: 10.14279/depositonce-4887
  • Lüderitz, C., Wirzberger, M., & Karrer-Gauß, K. (2015). Nachhaltige Effekte simulatorbasierten Trainings auf eine ökologische Fahrweise [Sustainable effects of simulator-based training on ecological driving]. In Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V. (Ed.). VerANTWORTung für die Arbeit der Zukunft [Responsibility for work in future], 61st Conference of the Society for Ergonomics and Work Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Human and Industrial Engineering (ifab), February 25th-27th, 2015, Dortmund: GfA Press.
  • Wirzberger, M., Lüderitz, C., Rohrer, S., & Karrer-Gauß, K. (2014). „Keep green!“ – Nachhaltige Förderung ökologischen Fahrens durch Simulatortraining? [“Keep green!” – Promoting ecological driving through simulator training in a sustainable manner?]. In O. Güntürkün (Ed.), 49th Conference of the German Psychological Society. Abstracts (p. 570), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2013). Attention impairment in multimedia learning: Does initial task attention act as moderator?. In F. Schwab, A. Carolus, M. Brill, & C. Hennighausen (Eds.), Media Psychology: Media Research: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (p. 11), Würzburg: University of Würzburg.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2013). Inducing impaired attention within the seductive detail effect: Do already distracted learners suffer more?. In U. Ansorge, E. Kirchler, C. Lamm, & H. Leder (Eds.), Abstracts of the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (p. 314), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Talks and Posters

  • Wirzberger, M., Rey, G. D., & Krems, J. F. (accepted). Modeling cognitive load effects in an interrupted learning task: An ACT-R approach. Poster to be presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), London, UK.
  • Truschzinski, M., & Wirzberger, M. (accepted). A dynamic process model for predicting workload in an air traffic controller task. Talk to be given at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), London, UK.
  • Wirzberger, M. (2017, June 7th). CLT meets ACT-R: Modellierung von Facetten kognitiver Beanspruchung in Lernsituationen [CLT meets ACT-R: Modeling cognitive load facets in learning situations]. Invited talk at the Chair of Cognitive Psychology & Cognitive Ergonomics at TU Berlin.
  • Wirzberger, M., Schneider, S., Dlouhy, S., & Rey, G. D. (2017, March 27th). Time – Space – Content? Interrupting features of hyperlinks in multimedia learning. Talk given at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden.
  • Schneider, S., Wirzberger, M., Augustin, Y., & Rey, G. D. (2017, March 27th). The moderating role of arousal on the seductive detail effect. Talk given at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden.
  • Beege, M., Nebel, S., Schneider, S., Wirzberger, M., Schmidt, N., & Rey, G. D. (2016, September 21st). Bedingt räumliche Nähe bessere Lernergebnisse? Die Rolle der Distanz und Integration beim Lernen mit multiplen Informationsquellen [Does spatial proximity enhance learning outcomes? The role of distance and integration in learning from multiple sources of information]. Talk given at the 50th Conference of the German Psychological Society, Leipzig.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2016, August 4th). Examining load-inducing factors in instructional design: An ACT-R approach. Poster presented at the 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Wirzberger, M., Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., & Rey, G. D. (2016, June 22nd). CLT meets WMU: Simultaneous experimental manipulation of load factors in a basal working memory task. Poster presented at the 9th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference, Bochum.
  • Wirzberger, M., Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., & Rey, G. D. (2016, May 7th). Separating cognitive load facets in a working memory updating task: An experimental approach. Poster presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain.
  • Beege, M., Schneider, S., Nebel, S., Wirzberger, M., Rey, G. D. (2016, March 22nd) Look into my eyes! Exploring the effect of addressing in multimedia learning. Talk given at the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Heidelberg.
  • Nebel, S., Schneider, S., Beege, M., Wirzberger, M., Rey, G. D. (2016, March 22nd). Using the jigsaw principle to increase task interdependence in cooperative educational videogames. Talk given at the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Heidelberg.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2016, March 21st). CLT meets ACT-R: Modeling load-inducing factors in instructional design. Talk given at the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Heidelberg.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2015, October 9th). Cognitive modeling meets instructional design: Exploring Cognitive Load Theory with ACT-R. Talk given at the 11th Berlin Human-Machine Systems Workshop, Berlin.
  • Wirzberger, M. (2015, July 24th). CLT meets ACT-R: Modellierung kognitiver Prozesse in einem virtuellen kollaborativen Lernszenario [CLT meets ACT-R: Modeling of cognitive processes in a virtual collaborative learning scenario]. Talk given at the 2nd Summer School Human Factors, Berlin.
  • Lüderitz, C., Wirzberger, M., & Karrer-Gauß, K. (2015). Nachhaltige Effekte simulatorbasierten Trainings auf eine ökologische Fahrweise [Sustainable effects of simulator-based training on ecological driving]. Talk given at the 61st Conference of the Society for Ergonomics and Work Science, Karlsruhe.
  • Wirzberger, M., Lüderitz, C., Rohrer, S., & Karrer-Gauß, K. (2014). „Keep green!“ – Nachhaltige Förderung ökologischen Fahrens durch Simulatortraining? [“Keep green!” – Promoting ecological driving through simulator training in a sustainable manner?]. Poster presented at the 49th Conference of the German Psychological Society, Bochum.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Russwinkel, N. (2014, July 1st). “I don’t need it” – Modeling ad-induced interruption while using a smartphone-app. Talk given at the Crosswolds 2014: Theory, Development and Evaluation of Social Technology, Chemnitz. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4426.0966
  • Wirzberger, M. (2014, April 11th). Interruption by product ads while using a shopping-app in different workload conditions. Talk given at the 4th ACT-R Spring School and Master Class, Groningen, Netherlands.

  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2013, September 5th). Attention impairment in multimedia learning: Does initial task attention act as moderator?. Talk given at the 8th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society, Würzburg.
  • Wirzberger, M., & Rey, G. D. (2013, March 27th). Inducing impaired attention within the seductive detail effect: Do already distracted learners suffer more?. Talk given at the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Vienna.

 

Organisation of Symposia and Workshops

  • Computer Science & Cognition: Workshop to be organized for the 47thAnnual Conference of the German Informatics Society (GI) in Chemnitz
  • Extending basic and applied experimental cognitive research with ACT-R: Symposium organized for the 58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP) in Heidelberg

 

Teaching Activities

Supervised Courses at Technische Universität Chemnitz

  • Exercise in Statistics, summer semester 2017
  • Instructional Psychology, winter semester 2017/2018

Supervised Courses at Technische Universität Berlin

  • Modeling and Simulation in Human-Machine Systems, winter semester 2014/2015
  • Experimental Exercise Human-Machine Systems, summer semester 2014
  • Interdisciplinary Project in Systems Engineering, summer semester 2014
  • Project in Engineering Science for Psychologists, winter semester 2013/2014
  • Introduction to Programming for Psychologists, winter semester 2013/2014

Supervised Theses at Technische Universität Chemnitz

  • Stefanie Dlouhy (B.A. Media Communication): “Hyperlinks as interruption of schema acquisition? (working title)”
  • Shirin Esmaeili Bijarsari (M.Sc. Media & Instructional Psychology): “Schema development in robot construction (working title)”

 

Academic Memberships

 

Academic Self-Administration Duties

  • Member of an appointment committee at the Faculty of Humanities

 

Reviewer Activities

  • Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2017
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society 2015

 

Awards and Achievements

  • InProTUC travel grant 2016 for visiting the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Granada
  • Germany scholarship 2013/14, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and IBM Germany

 

Media Coverage

  • Germany scholarship website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Interview about the motivation to sponsor a Germany scholarship at the TU Berlin
  • TU intern: Interview as current sponsor within the Germany scholarship programme at the TU Berlin
  • Germany scholarship website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Interview as Germany scholarshipholder at the TU Berlin