Prof. Dr. Stefan Münzer

Mailing Address

Universität Mannheim
Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie
Postfach 103462
D-68131 Mannheim

Address on Campus

A 5,6 building B,
2nd floor, room 206

Telephone: +(49) 621/ 181-2221
E-Mail: stefan.muenzer//at//uni-mannheim.de

Office Hours

Every Wednesday between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Leipzig University

8 / 1998 – 7 / 2001

Research assistant in the "Arbeitsgedächtnis" research group, Leipzig University, Institute for Linguistics

Fraunhofer Institute Integrated Publication and Information Systems, Darmstadt

8 / 2001 – 7 / 2004

Research assistant and project leader at Fraunhofer Institute Integrated Publication and Information Systems

Saarland University, Saarbrücken

1 / 2005 – 9 / 2007

Research assistant at the Department of Psychology, General Psychology, and Methodology at Saarland University

10 / 2007 – 3 / 2009

Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology of Education at Saarland University

University of Augsburg

4 / 2009 – 2 / 2010

Substitute chair holder at the Chair of Psychology with special focus on pedagogical psychology at the University of Augsburg in the summer semester of 2009 and the winter semester of 2009/2010

Saarland University, Saarbrücken

3 / 2010 – 1 / 2012

Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology of Education at Saarland University

University of Mannheim

2 / 2012 7 / 2012

Substitute chair holder of the chair of Empirical Educational Sciences at the University of Mannheim in the spring semester of 2012

Since 8 / 2012

Chair holder of the chair of Empirical Educational Sciences at the University of Mannheim

Since 2 / 2013

Change of the chair’s denomination: chair holder of the chair of Psychology of Education at the University of Mannheim

 


  • Empirical learning and instruction research
  • Knowledge acquisition through dynamic visualizations
  • Aptitude-treatment interactions (ATI)
  • Learning with multimedia
  • Net-based cooperative learning
  • Problem solving in small groups
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Inter-individual differences in visual-spatial cognitive processes, working memory capacity, and working memory functions
  •  Inter-individual differences in self-reported spatial strategies (“sense of orientation”), self-concept, and gender stereotypes


MEMBERSHIPS


  • Member of the German Psychological Society (DGP)

  • Member of the section "Educational Psychology" of the German Psychological Society (DGP)

  • Member of the section "Media Psychology" of the German Psychological Society (DGP)

  • Associated Member of  the working group for empirically working educationalists (AEPF) of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE)

  • Member of the Spatial Learning Network of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), residing at Temple University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania, USA

  • Member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 



  • Methods, software tools and competency building for cooperative and synchronic E-Learning in internal and external further training (joint research project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) „ALBA“, cooperation partners: SAP AG  SAP University, Walldorf; CJD Maximilansau, Karlsruhe)
    Fraunhofer Institute Integrated Publication and Information Systems, Darmstadt

  • Media characteristics, task characteristics, and compensatory communication behavior: Knowledge integration of small groups during problem-solving  through computer-mediated communication
    DFG-Projekt Mu-1786/1-1 in the priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) „Netzbasierte Wissenskommunikation in Gruppen"

  • Spatial Learning: Design factors for navigation systems and inter-individual differences in outdoor and indoor environments
    Special research project by the DFG, „Ressourcenadaptive kognitive Prozesse" at Saarland University

  • Spatial Learning: learning efficiency of dynamic visualizations and inter-individual differences
    DFG-Projekt Mu-1786/3-1

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

  Münzer, S. (2015). Facilitating recognition of spatial structures through animation and the role of mental rotation ability.
          Learning and Individual Differences, 38, 76-82. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2014.12.007

  Münzer, S. (2012). Facilitating spatial perspective taking through animation: Evidence from an aptitude-treatment-interaction. Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 505-510. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2012.03.002

  Münzer, S., Zimmer, H. D., & Baus. J. (2012). Navigation assistance: A trade-off between wayfinding support and configural learning support. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18(1), 18-37. doi: 10.1037/a0026553

Münzer, S. (2012). Inter-individuelle Unterschiede beim räumlichen Orientierungslernen mit dynamischen Visualisierungen. In A. Hüttermann, P. Kirchner, S. Schuler, & K. Drieling (Hrsg.), Räumliche Orientierung, Karten und Geoinformation im Unterricht. Geographiedidaktische Forschungen Bd. 49 (S. 74-84). Braunschweig: Westermann. 

Münzer, S., & Stahl, C. (2011). Learning routes from visualisations for indoor wayfinding: Presentation modes and individual differences. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 11(4), 281-312. doi: 10.1080/13875868.2011.571326

Münzer, S. & Hölscher, C. (2011). Entwicklung und Validierung eines Fragebogens zu räumlichen Strategien (Development and validation of a self-report measure of spatial orientation). Diagnostica, 57 (3), 111-125.

Zimmer, H. D., Münzer, S., & Umla-Runge, K. (2010). Visuo-spatial working memory as a limited resource of cognitive processing. In M. W. Crocker & J. Siekmann (Eds), Resource Adaptive Cognitive Processes (pp. 13-34). Cognitive Technologies Series. Springer Verlag, Berlin.

Zimmer, H.D., Münzer, S., & Baus, J. (2010). From resource-adaptive navigation assistance to augmented cognition. In M. W. Crocker & J. Siekmann (Eds), Resource Adaptive Cognitive Processes (pp. 35-53). Cognitive Technologies Series. Springer Verlag, Berlin.

Münzer, S., Seufert, T. & Brünken, R. (2009). Learning from multimedia presentations: Facilitation function of animations and spatial abilities. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 481-485. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2009.05.001

Münzer. S., & Holmer, T. (2009). Bridging the gap between media synchronicity and task performance: Effects of media characteristics on process variables and task performance indicators in an information pooling task. Communication Research, 36 (1), 76-103.

Münzer, S., & Borg, A. (2008). Computer-mediated communication: Media synchronicity and compensatory effort. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 663-683.

 

SELECTED LECTURES

Münzer, S., & Brünken, R. (accepted). Facilitating function of animations for understanding of spatial relations: An aptitude-treatment-interaction study. Paper to be presented at AERA 2012, April 2012, Vancouver, Canada.

Münzer, S. (2011). Does external rotation help to understand a spatial structure and to compensate for low mental rotation ability? Individual paper presented at EARLI 2011, September 2011, Exeter, UK.

Münzer, S., Christensen, A., & Liben, L. (2010). Finding your way around the environment: Similarities and differences across countries in self-reports. Poster presented at the Spatial Cognition 2010 Conference, Portland, OR, USA, August 2010.

Stahl, C., & Münzer, S. (2010). Modeling of multi-level indoor environments: Wayfinding support and empirical studies. Tutorial given at the Spatial Cognition 2010 Conference, Portland, OR, USA, August 2010.

Münzer, S. (2010). Räumliches Lernen mit dynamischen Repräsentationen: Unterstützungsfunktion und Kompensationsfunktion. Vortrag auf der 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP 2010), Saarbrücken, März 2010.

Münzer, S. (2010). Zusammenhang räumlicher Lernleistungen in realen Umwelten mit der visuell-räumlichen Arbeitsgedächtniskapazität. Vortrag auf dem Wintertreffen Arbeitsgedächtnis (WAG) 2010, Universität Heidelberg, Februar 2010.

Münzer, S., & Borg, A. (2009). Compensatory effort in using a computer-based communication tool for collaborative problem solving. Paper presented at EARLI 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Münzer. S., & Holmer, T. (2009). Bridging the gap between media synchronicity and task performance. Paper presented at EARLI 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Münzer, S., & Hölscher, C. (2009). Dimensions of spatial strategies as reflected by self-report measures: Cultural differences in spatial cognition? Opinion paper presented at the international DFG/NSF workshop Integrating Spatial Cognition: Building Bridges Between Navigation and Visualisation. 7.-11. July, New York City, USA.

Münzer, S., Seufert, T., Plass, J., & Brünken, R. (2009). The role of spatial abilities in learning from multimedia presentations with dynamic visualisations. Paper presented at AERA 2009, San Diego, USA.