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Petra Jansen

Petra Jansen

University of Regensburg


Petra Jansen studied biological and social anthropology, psychology and mathematics at the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz. In 1999, she received her PHD in Cognitive Psychology at the Gerhard-Mercator University, Duisburg, (Topic: Cognition of Distances – Investigation in Virtual-Environments). 2008 she completed her habilitation at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf in Experimental Psychology (Topic: Development of Spatial Cognition). Beside this, she holds a degree of dance therapy from the Westfälische-Wilhelms-University, Muenster. Since 2008, she owns a full professorship for Sport Science at the University of Regensburg.

Research Interest

Petra Jansen main research focuses on the influence of movement on cognition and emotion. To this end, she also use EEG-Methodology. Several of her research projects were funded by the DFG and around 140 peer-reviewed papers respectively book chapters have been published.