People at Parmenides Foundation  Dr. Michael Öllinger


Research Scientist



2002 Diploma in Psychology
Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Thesis: “Sequence Learning with Coordinated Actions”
2002–2005 Participating at the Graduate Program at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (DFG-Grant; Kn 489/6).
Supervision: Prof. Wolfgang Prinz and Prof. Dr. Günther Knoblich
2004 PhD in Psychology
Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
“Investigating the Influence of Set Effects and Heuristics on the Solution of Insight Problems”


2005–2006 Research Scientist at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich
Since 2005 Lecturer at the University of Munich, Department of General and Experimental Psychology.
(Chair: Prof. Hermann Müller).
Since 2006 Research Scientist at the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking, Munich.

Main Interests

I am interested in the understanding of human thinking from a psychological view. My main fields of interest are insight problem solving, the understanding of causal reasoning and categorization. Furthermore, I am interested in the development of cognitive theories that conceptually incorporate behavioural and neurocognitive findings.

Methodologically, we conduct behavioural and physiological experiments to get new insights in the fascinating world of humans’ thinking. Furthermore we are interested in developmental aspects of those thinking abilities from a longitudinal as well as from a cross sectional perspective.