Alexandra Hering

Research and teaching fellow / Maître assitante

Leader of the research group Cognitive Neuroscience and Plasticity of Goal-directed Behavior across the Lifespan

 

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Contact details

Université de Genève
Department of Psychology
Boulevard du Pont d'Arve 28
CH- 1205 Genève
Room: 102 (call 98857 at entrance)
Phone: +41 22 379 88 57
alexandra.hering[at]unige.ch

Research Topics

  • Goal-directed behavior across the lifespan
  • Cognitive Aging with focus on prospective memory and executive functions
  • Behavioural and neuronal plasticity induced by cognitive interventions (e. g. cognitive trainings)
  • Cognitive neuroscience of development and aging using EEG

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Education

2016 PhD in Psychology, FPSE, Université de Genève (Switzerland), Title: The neural correlates of prospective memory development: The role of the prospective and the retrospective component across the lifespan
2012-2016     PhD student in Psychology, FPSE, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
2011 Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.; equivalent to Master), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
2006-2011 University studies in Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Professional Experience

Since 2018 Research and teaching fellow, Cognitive Aging Lab, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
2017 Postdoctoral researcher and assistant, Cognitive Aging Lab, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
2012-2016   
Research and teaching assistant and doctoral student, Cognitive Aging Lab, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
2011-2012 Research and teaching assistant, Department for Developmental Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
2011 Student research fellow, Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest, Toronto (Canada)

Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals

  1. Hering, A., Rautenberg, M., von Bloh, P., Schnitzspahn, K., Ballhausen, N., Ihle, A., Lagner, P., Kliegel, M., & Zinke, K. (2019). Examining the role of rehearsal in old-old adults' working memory. European Journal of Ageing, 16(1), 63-71. doi:10.1007/s10433-018-0461-8
  2. Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Rendell, P. G., Craik, F. I. M., & Rose, N. S. (2018). Prospective memory is a key predictor of functional independence in older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24(6), 640-645. doi:10.1017/S1355617718000152
  3. Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Bisiacchi, P. S., & Cona, G. (2018). The influence of emotional material on encoding and retrieving intentions: An ERP study in younger and older adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(114). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00114
  4. Mahy, C. E. V., Schnitzspahn, K., Hering, A., Pagobo, J., & Kliegel, M. (2018). The delay period as an opportunity to think about future intentions: Effects of delay length and delay task difficulty on young adult’s prospective memory performance. Psychological Research, 82(3), 607-616. doi:10.1007/s00426-017-0841-2
  5. Hering, A., Meuleman, B., Bürki, C., Borella, E., & Kliegel, M. (2017). Improving Older Adults’ Working Memory: the Influence of Age and Crystallized Intelligence on Training Outcomes. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. doi:10.1007/s41465-017-0041-4
  6. Ballhausen, N., Mahy, C. E. V., Hering, A., Voigt, B., Schnitzspahn, K. M., Lagner, P., ... Kliegel, M. (2016). Children’s planning performance in the Zoo Map task (BADS-C): Is it driven by general cognitive ability, executive functioning, or prospection? Applied Neuropsychology: Child. doi: 10.1080/21622965.2015.1124276
  7. Hering, A., Wild-Wall, N., Gajewski, P. D., Falkenstein, M., Kliegel M., & Zinke, K. (2016). The role of cue detection for prospective memory development across the lifespan. Neuropsychologia, 93, 289-300.
  8. Kliegel, M., Ballhausen, N., Hering, A., Ihle, A., Schnitzspahn, K., & Zuber, S. (2016). Prospective memory in older adults: Where are we now, and what is next. Gerontology, 62, 459-466.
  9. Schnitzspahn, K. M., Scholz, U., Ballhausen, N., Hering, A., Ihle, A., Lagner, P., & Kliegel, M. (2016). Age differences in prospective memory for everyday life intentions: A diary approach. Memory, 24(4), 444-454. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2015.1018276
  10. Phillips, L. H., Allen, R., Bull, R., Hering, A., Kliegel, M., & Channon, S. (2015). Older Adults Have Difficulty in Decoding Sarcasm. Developmental Psychology, 51(12), 1840-1852. doi:10.1037/dev0000063
  11. Rose, N. S., Rendell, P. G., Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Bidelman, G., & Craik, F. I. (2015). Cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults' prospective memory following training with the Virtual Week computer game. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(592). doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00592.
  12. Rose, N. S., Luo, L., Bialystok, E., Hering, A., Lau, K., & Craik, F. I. M. (2015). Cognitive processes in the Breakfast Task: Planning and Monitoring. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69(3), 252-263. 
  13. Ihle, A., Kliegel, M., Hering, A., Ballhausen, N., Lagner, P., Benusch, J., ... Schnitzspahn, K. M. (2014). Adult age differences in prospective memory in the laboratory: Are they related to higher stress levels in the elderly? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(1021). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.01021
  14. Lagner, P., Kliegel, M., Phillips, L., Ihle, A., Hering, A., Ballhausen, N., & Schnitzspahn, K. (2014). Mood effects on memory and executive control in a real-life situation. Cognition and Emotion, 29(6), 1107-1116. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2014.962486
  15. Hering, A., Rendell, P. G., Rose, N., Schnitzspahn, K. M., & Kliegel, M. (2014). Prospective memory training in older adults and its relevance for successful aging. Psychological Research, 78(6), 892-904.
  16. Hering, A., Phillips, L., & Kliegel, M. (2014). Importance effects on age differences in performance in event-based prospective memory, Gerontology, 60(1), 73-78.
  17. Hering, A., Cortez, S. A., Kliegel, M., & Altgassen, M. (2014). Revisiting the age-prospective memory-paradox: the role of planning and task experience. European Journal of Ageing, 11(1), 99-106.
  18. Ihle, A., Hering, A., Mahy, C. E. V., Bisiacchi, P. S., & Kliegel, M. (2013). Adult age differences, response management, and cue focality in event-based prospective memory: A meta-analysis on the role of task order specificity. Psychology and Aging, 28(3), 714-720.
  19. Kliegel, M., Altgassen, M., Hering, A., & Rose, N. (2011). A process-model based approach to prospective memory impairment in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2166-2177.

Book chapters

  1. Ballhausen, N., Hering, A., Rendell, P. G., & Kliegel, M. (2019). Prospective Memory across the Lifespan. In J. Rummel & M. A. McDaniel (Eds.), Prospective Memory (1st ed., pp. 135-156). London: Routledge.
  2. Kliegel, M., Hering, A., Ihle, A., & Zuber, S. (2017). Cognitive training to promote executive functions. In S. A. Wiebe & J. Karbach (Eds.), Executive Function: Development across the life span (1st ed., pp. 200-214). New York: Routledge.
  3.  Kliegel, M., Zinke, K., & Hering A. (2012). Plastizität. In H.-W. Wahl, C. Tesch-Römer, & J. P. Ziegelmann (Eds.), Angewandte Gerontologie-Interventionen für ein gutes Altern in 100 Schlüsselbegriffen (2nd ed., pp. 72-77). Stuttgart: Verlag W. Kohlhammer.

Selected conference contributions

  1. Hering, A., Schnitzspahn, K., Shing, Y. L., & Kliegel, M. (2019, April). The influence of strategies and the cue-action association on prospective memory across the lifespan. Poster presented at the 5th International Conference on Aging & Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.
  2. Hering, A. (2019, February). Do I remember to take my pills when I am sad? On prospective memory, emotions, and ERPs. Talk presented at the Annual Research Forum of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland.
  3. Hering, A. (2018, September). Prospective remembering of experienced versus described information. In S. Horn (Chair), The Interplay between Memory and Decision Making in Older Age. Symposium conducted at the 51. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Frankfurt, Germany.
  4. Hering, A. (2018, July). The influence of strategies and the cue-action association on prospective memory across the lifespan. Poster presented at the Hengstberger Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Advances in Prospective Memory Research, Heidelberg, Germany.
  5. Hering, A. (2018, April). “Did I forget to take my medication?”: Prospective memory training in older adults. Talk presented at the Learning and Plasticity Meeting, Äkäslompolo, Finland.
  6. Hering, A. (2018, January). The influence of encoding prospective memory across the lifespan. Talk presented at the 5th International Conference on Prospective Memory (ICPM), Melbourne, Australia.
  7. Hering, A., Cauvin, S., West, R., Ballhausen, N. & Kliegel, M. (2017, September). The influence of task switching on prospective memory: Coordinating multiple goals in younger and older adults. Talk presented at the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany.
  8. Hering, A., Cauvin, S., West, R., Ballhausen, N. & Kliegel, M. (2017, April). Prospective memory and task switching: The role of strategic monitoring in young and old adults. Poster presented at the 3nd International Conference on Ageing and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.
  9. Hering, A. (2017, March). The role of encoding and retrieval for prospective memory development across the lifespan. In B. G. Kuhlmann (Chair), Current research in cognitive aging: Mechanisms of decline and spared functioning. Symposium conducted at the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden, Germany.
  10. Hering, A., Schnitzspahn, K., Shing, Y. L., Selig, S., & Kliegel, M. (April, 2016). Neural correlates of prospective memory across the lifespan: The influence of associative and strategic processes. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  11. Hering A. (September, 2015; Chair) Cognitive plasticity across the lifespan: On training gains and mechanisms of transfer. Symposium conducted at the 14th congress of the Swiss Society of Psychology, Geneva, Switzerland.
  12. Hering, A. (2013, September). Prospective memory development across the lifespan: Neural and behavioral insights in underlying mechanisms. In N. Ferdinand, K. Zinke & A. Hering (Chair), Cognitive development across the lifespan. Preconference symposium conducted at the 21. Tagung der Fachgruppe für Entwicklungspsychologie, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  13. Hering, A., Wild-Wall, N., Falkenstein, M., Zinke, K., & Kliegel, M. (2013, July). Exploring the underlying mechanisms for the development of prospective memory across the lifespan. In M. Altgassen & E. v. d. Berg (Chair), Prospective memory development across the lifespan: Exploring underlying mechanisms. Symposium conducted at the 2013 Mid-Year meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  14. Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Wild-Wall, N., Falkenstein, M., & Zinke, K. (2013, April). Differential mechanisms for the development of prospective memory across the lifespan. Talk presented at the 2nd International Conference on Ageing and Cognition, Dortmund, Germany.
  15. Hering, A., Rose, N. S., Craik, F. I. M., Rendell, P. G., Moreno, S., Bidelman, G. M., & Kliegel, M. (2012, September). Das Virtual-Week Training: Ein prozessorientiertes Trainingsprogramm zur Verbesserung der prospektiven Gedächtnisleistung bei älteren Erwachsenen. In M. Paulus, N. Kühn-Popp, K. Zinke & A. Hering (Chair), Aktuelle Themen in der neurowissenschaftlichen Entwicklungspsychologie. Symposium conducted at the 48. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bielefeld, Germany.
  16. Hering, A., Rose, N. S., Craik, F. I. M., Rendell, P. G., Moreno, S., Bidelman, G. M., & Kliegel, M. (2012, April). Differential predictors of prospective memory performance in old age: laboratory and naturalistic tasks are associated with different cognitive processes. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Invited talks

  1. Hering, A. (2018, July). Do I remember to take my pills when I am sad? On prospective memory, emotions, and ERPs. Talk presented at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.
  2. Hering, A. (2016, April). Prospective memory: A research tour around remembering intentions. Talk presented at University of Tennessee, Chattannooga, TN.
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