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"Leibniz Best Heads 2018”: Great success for young IPN researchers in the non-university Excellence Initiative

November 28th, 2018

Dr. Marlit Annalena Lindner, post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Educational Research and Educational Psychology at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) receives the Leibniz Association's "Leibniz Beste Köpfe 2018" prize.

Mrs. Lindner prevailed against stiff competition and was one of the 31 successful applications among the submitted 105.

The Leibniz Association will establish a Leibniz Junior Research Group for the psychologist at the IPN starting January 2019. Under Mrs. Lindner's leadership, the group will receive almost one million euros in third party funding over a period of five years as well as subsidies from the IPN.

Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, managing scientific director of the IPN, assessed Mrs. Lindner's success in the competition procedure only two years after her doctorate as indicative that the IPN successfully promotes young researchers and is one of the top national institutions not only in empirical educational research, but also in educational-psychological research.

Mrs. Lindner will investigate the potential and effects of digitalizing test tasks within her Leibniz junior research group "COMET - Cognition and Motivation in Educational Testing" and will supervise several doctoral students.

One focus of the planned application-oriented basic research is on cognitive and motivational processes in the processing of computerized performance tests. Thematically, the focus is on the effects of multimedia elements (static and animated text-image combinations) and influences of automated feedback. The group will mainly work in experimental psychology and will use various cognitive psychological methods (e.g. eye tracking, EEG) in the laboratory in addition to computerized tests in school classes.

Ms. Lindner was able to win recognized national and international cooperation partners for the COMET project. Her partners include two Leibniz institutes (DIPF in Frankfurt; IWM in Tübingen) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton (New Jersey, USA). Mrs. Lindner will thereby further strengthen the cooperation within the Leibniz network and the international orientation of the IPN in the coming years.

Dr. Marlit Annalena Lindner
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