Johanna Falk

Office 5152, Uni-Mail

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 92 62
Fax: +41 (0)22 3799219
University of Geneva
40, Bd. du Pont d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Research Interests

Effort mobilization, psychophysiological research methods, the influence of affective states on effort intensity and persistence, the moderating role of task choice, goal commitment, action shielding.


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August 2019 Master in Psychology, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany
July 2017 Bachelor in Psychology, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Professional experience

Since November 2019 PhD candidate, Geneva Motivation Lab, University of Geneva, Switzerland
2018 – 2019 Student Research Assistant, Comparative Psychology, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 – 2017 Student Research Assistant, Clinical Psychophysiology Laboratory, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Journal articles

Bouzidi, Y.S.*, Falk, J.R.*, Chanal, J., & Gendolla, G.H.E. (2022). Choosing task characteristics oneself justifies effort: A study on cardiac response and the critical role of task difficulty. Motivation Science, 8, 230-238. doi: 10.1037/mot0000269 *=shared first authorship

Falk, J.R., Gollwitzer, P.M., Oettingen, G., & Gendolla, G.H.E. (2022). Task choice shields against incidental affective influences on effort-related cardiovascular response. Psychophysiology, 59: e14022. doi: 10.1111/psyp.14022

Falk, J.R., Gollwitzer, P.M., Oettingen, G., & Gendolla, G.H.E. (2022). Incidental affective influences on effort-related cardiac response: The critical role of choosing task characteristics. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 177, 76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2022.04.010

Published conference contributions:

Falk, J. R., Gendolla, G. H. E., Gollwitzer, P. M. & Oettingen, G. (2022). Personal choice shields against noise effects on effort-related cardiovascular response. Psychophysiology [Supplement], 59, S41.