Matthias Aulbach

Postdoctoral Researcher


2020 - PhD, Social Psychology, University of Helsinki

2014 - Diplom-Psychologe (Univ.), Universität Würzburg

Research Interests

After obtaining my degree in psychology, I worked in addiction counseling and therapy before starting my PhD in the Behavior Change and Well-being research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. In my thesis, I examined how behavioral impulses towards unhealthy foods can be reduced with simple computer tasks, using a wide range of methods (meta-analysis, EEG, smartphone data from a field trial). Further, I have worked on other health-psychological topics like physical activity and sedentary behavior but have also ventured into the field of prejudice research. I am interested in all things impulse control and self-regulation.

Academic Publications

Publications for other audiences

Aulbach, M. B. (2023). “Dasselbe wie immer?“—Die Rolle von Gewohnheiten beim Essen. Report Psychologie, 48(1).

Aulbach, M. B. (2022, May 19). Virtuelle Realität: Kann die “Empathie-Maschine” Vorurteile bekämpfen? | In-Mind.

Aulbach, M. B., & Tassinari, M. (2022, March 9). Virtual Reality: Can the “Empathy Machine” end prejudice? Liikkeessä yli rajojen.

Aulbach, M. (2021, February 12). Ärger, Angst, Mitleid – Vorurteil ist nicht gleich Vorurteil. In-Mind.

Aulbach, M. (2020, May 15). Impulsives Essen abtrainieren. In-Mind.