Dr Katharina Schnitzspahn

Dr Katharina Schnitzspahn
Dr Katharina Schnitzspahn

Dr Katharina Schnitzspahn



School of Psychology
University of Aberdeen
William Guild Building, Room G31
AB24 3FX

Internal Memberships

  • Chair of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Athena SWAN Lead; Race Equality Champion
  • Research in Schools Coordinator
  • Member of the Research Committee


Prizes and Awards

2021     Best Supervisor (Postgraduate Research), AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Award.


Research Overview

  • Cognitive Aging (executive self-regulation, memory)
  • Emotion and cognition interactions across the lifespan
  • Applied cognition, metacognition and strategy use across the lifespan (implementation intentions, imagery, future thinking)

Current Research

My experimental research adresses cognitive and emotional development across the lifespan and how this is influenced by strategies and metacognitive factors. I am using behavioral and psychophysiological measures in lab-based and applied settings to examine questions like:

Are we more forgetful when we are happy or sad? Is our memory impaired under stress?

Which cognitive processes are underlying memory performance? Can memory performance in children, young and older adults be enhanced with the help of specific strategies?

Are age declines observed in some lab-based cognitive tasks related to actual everyday functioning in older adults?

Funding and Grants

Since 2019   Are we forgetful when feeling happy or sad? Investigating mood and prospective memory in aging. Carnegie Research Incentive Grant. (GZ: RIG008614). Principal Investigator.



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