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Sonja Geiger, PhD

Sonja Geiger

Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies  
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin
Room: MAR 1.017a

Phone: ++49-30-314-28770
Fax: ++49-30-314-21120

Email: sonja.m.geiger[at]tu-berlin.de

Short CV

Sonja Geiger studied psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and received the related diploma in 2004. She then did her doctorate in cognitive psychology at Universität Potsdam in 2007 with a subsequent Post-Doc employment at the Cognitive Science Lab of the University of Western Australia, Perth Australia.

She embarked on the path towards environmental psychology when she was working several years for the NGO „Amigos de la tierra“ (FOEI Argentina) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived from 2008 to 2012 and contributed with her experience in environmental issues in South America to a first research project on environment and psychology at the UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires).

At various universities Sonja Geiger gained teaching experience between 2011 and 2014 (UIA, Buenos Aires, SRH Berlin) in socio-empirical quantitative methods, the fundamentals of General Psychology as well as courses on environmental psychology with regard to sustainability and society.

Since March 2015 she works on the research project Education for Sustainable Consumption through Mindfulness Training (BiNKA) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since March 2015 she has also been working for the Department of individual differences and psychological assessment of the University of Ulm in the living lab "Sustainable transformation of the textile industry in Dietenheim"

Research areas:

  • psychological factors for sustainable behavior environment knowledge, time perspective, attitudes and values
  • measurement theory and construction of scales for psychological constructs
  • judging and taking decisions (behavioral economics) --> environmental issues as fraught with risk, complex issues
  • current environmental issues in the global context



Geiger,  S.M., Otto, S., Diaz Marin J. (2014) A short environmental knowledge scale for diagnostic use in Latin America. Psyecology, 5(1), 1-36.

Dombois, C., Geiger, S.M. (2012): Time perspectives and ecological worldview - A cross-cultural analysis. Conference Proceedings, 1st international conference on time perspective, Coimbra University Press, Portugal.

Geiger, S.M., Mozobancyk, S. (2011). Paradigmas ambientales y conductas sustenables: diferencias entre activistas ambientales y población general en Argentina. [Ecological views of the world and sustainable behavior: differences between environmental activists and general population in Argentina] conference transcript XVIII Jornadas de Investigación, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Geiger, S.M. & Salvático, N. (2011): Unjust Water, an investigation of the drinking water situation in Argentina, In Leal Filho, W. (Ed) Climate Change and the Sustainable Management of Water Resources, pp 641-662. Published by Springer Verlag, Berlin.

Mozobancyk, S., Geiger, S.M., (2011). Una experiencia de intervención psicosocial para promover comportamientos proecológicos en estudiantes. [A psycho-social intervention for promoting ecological behaviors of students] conference transcript for the fifth Ibero-American Congress on Development and Environment, Universidad Nacional del Litoral

Lewandowsky, S., Geiger, S.M., Morrell, D. B., & Oberauer, K. (2010). Turning simple span into complex span: Time for decay or interference from distractors? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 36(4), 958-78.

Geiger, S. M., (2008). Zeitwahrnehmung in technischen Systemen. Eine Computersimulationsstudie zu zeitlicher Informationsverarbeitung in komplexen Mensch-Maschine-Systemen. [Perception of time in technical systems. A computer simulation study on the aspect of time in the processing of information.] Saarbruecken: Published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Geiger, S. M. & Lewandowsky, S. (2008). Temporal Isolation Does Not Facilitate Forward Serial Recall – Or Does it? Memory & Cognition, 36, 957-967.

Geiger, S. M. & Oberauer, K. (2007). Reasoning with conditionals: Does every counterexample count? It’s frequency that counts. Memory & Cognition, 35, 2060-2074.

Oberauer, K., Geiger, S. M., Fischer, K., Weidenfeld, A. (2007). Two meanings of „if“? Individual differences in the interpretation of conditionals. Quarterly Journal of Experimental psychology, 60(6), 790-819.





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