Dr. Michael Öllinger  Publications



Öllinger, M., Meissner, K., von Müller, A., & Seidel, C. C. (2017). Expectation violation in political decision making: A psychological case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1761.

Topic Editor of the Frontiers research topic: “Insight and Intuition – two sides of the same coin?”

Öllinger, M., & von Müller, A. (2017). Search and coherence-building in intuition and insight problem solving. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.

Fedor, A., Zachar, I., Szilágyi, A., Öllinger, M., de Vladar, H. P., & Szathmáry, E. (2017). Cognitive architecture with evolutionary dynamics solves insight problem. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 427.

Öllinger, M., Fedor, A., Brodt, S., & Szathmáry, E. (2016). Insight into the ten-penny problem: guiding search by constraints and maximization. Psychological Research, 1–14.

Zander, T., Öllinger, M., & Volz, K. (2016). Intuition and insight: Two processes that build on each other or fundamentally differ? Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1395. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01395

Danek, Amory H., Wiley, Jennifer, & Öllinger, Michael (2016) "Solving Classical Insight Problems Without Aha! Experience: 9 Dot, 8 Coin, and Matchstick Arithmetic Problems", The Journal of Problem Solving: Vol. 9: Iss. 1, Article 4.

Fedor A., Szathmary E., and Öllinger M. (2015). Problem solving stages in the five square problem. Front. Psychol. 6:1050. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01050

Öllinger, M., Hammon, S., von Grundherr, M., Funke, J. (2015). Does visualization enhance complex problem solving? The effect of causal mapping on performance in the computer-based microworld Tailorshop. Educational Technology Research & Development. DOI 10.1007/s11423-015-9393-6

Danek, A. H., Öllinger, M., Fraps, T., Grothe, B., & Flanagin, V. L. (2015). An fMRI investigation of expectation violation in magic tricks. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 84.

Lewis, M., Fedor, A., Öllinger, M., Szathmáry, E., & Fernando, C. (2014). Modelling Reaction Times in Non-linear Classification Tasks. In From Animals to Animats 13 (pp. 53-64). Springer International Publishing.

Danek, A. H., Fraps, T., Von Mueller, A., Grothe, B., & Öllinger, M. (2014). Working Wonders? Investigating insight with magic tricks. Cognition, 130(2), 174-185.

Danek, A. H., Fraps, T., von Müller, A., Grothe, B., & Öllinger, M. (2014). It’s a kind of magic–what self-reports can reveal about the phenomenology of insight problem solving. Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 5, 1408.

Öllinger, Michael, Jones, G. and Knoblich, G. (2014). The dynamics of search, impasse, and representational change provide a coherent explanation of difficulty in the nine-dot problem. Psychological Research, 78(2), 266-275.

Öllinger, M., Jones, G. and Knoblich, G. (2013). Insight and search in Katona’s five-square problem. Experimental Psychology, 1–10. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000245.

Öllinger, M., Jones, G., Danek, A. H. and Knoblich, G. (2013). Cognitive Mechanisms of Insight: The Role of Heuristics and Representational Change in Solving the Eight-Coin Problem. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 931.

Danek, A. H., Fraps, T., von Müller, A., Grothe, B. and Öllinger, M. (2012). Aha! experiences leave a mark: Facilitated recall of insight solutions. Psychological Research.

Öllinger, M., Jones, G. and Knoblich, G. (2008). Investigating the effect of Set on Insight Problem Solving. Experimental Psychology ; 55, 270–282

Öllinger, M., Jones, G. and Knoblich, G. (2006). Heuristics and representational change in two-move matchstick arithmetic tasks. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 2 (4), p. 239 – 253.

Knoblich, G. and Öllinger, M. (2006). The Eureka Moment. Scientific American Mind, 10, 38 - 43.

Öllinger, M. and Knoblich, G. (2003). Prioritizing the new: Insight creates Set for familiar problems. Proceedings of the First European Cognitive Science Conference 2003. F. Schmalhofer and R. Young. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 1 253-258.


Book chapters

Öllinger, M. (2017). Problemlösen. In Allgemeine Psychologie (pp. 587-618). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Öllinger, M. (2010). Die “schwierige” Patientin: Kommentar aus verhaltenstherapeutischer Sicht. Schwierige Patienten in der Psychotherapie: Aktuelle psychodynamische und verhaltenstherapeutische Konzepte (pp. 73–80). Cip-Medien München.

Öllinger, M. (2010). Fallvignette der verhaltenstherapeutischen Behandlung eines “schwierigen” Patienten. Schwierige Patienten in der Psychotherapie: Aktuelle psychodynamische und verhaltenstherapeutische Konzepte (pp. 81–110). Cip-Medien München.

Öllinger, M., & Goel, V. (2010). Problem Solving. In B. Glatzeder, B., V. Goel, A. v. Müller (Eds.), Towards a Theory of Thinking (p. 3-22). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer.

Öllinger, M. (2009). EEG and Thinking. In E. Kraft, B. Gulyás & E. Pöppel (Eds.), Neural Correlates of Thinking (p. 65-82). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer

Öllinger, M., & Knoblich, G. (2009). Psychological Research on Insight Problem Solving. In H. Atmanspacher & H. Primas (Eds.), Recasting Reality (p. 275–300). Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer.

Knoblich, G. & Öllinger, M. (2008). In: J. Müsseler (Ed.), Allgemeine Psychologie. Heidelberg-Berlin: Spektrum, Akad. Verlag. S. 552–598.

Öllinger, M. & Knoblich, G. (2006). Das Lösen einfacher Probleme. In J. Funke & P. A. Frensch (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Allgemeine Psychologie - Kognition. Göttingen: Hogrefe. S. 431–438. 

Öllinger, M. & Knoblich, G. (2006). Einsicht. In J. Funke & P. A. Frensch (Hrsg.), Handbuch Allgemeine Psychologie - Kognition. Göttingen: Hogrefe. S. 455–460

Knoblich, G. & Öllinger, M. (2006). Die Methode des Lauten Denkens. In J. Funke & P. A. Frensch (Hrsg.), Handbuch Allgemeine Psychologie - Kognition. Göttingen: Hogrefe. S. 691–696.

Knoblich, G. & Öllinger, M. (2006). Einsicht und Umstrukturierung beim Problemlösen. Denken und Problemlösen. Enzyklopädie der Psychologie. J. Funke. Göttingen, Hogrefe. S. 3–86.

Knoblich, G., Öllinger, M. and Spivey, M. J. (2005). Tracking the eyes to obtain insight into insight problem solving. Cognitve processes in eye guidance. G. D. M. Underwood. Oxford, UK, Oxford Univ. Press 355–375.



Öllinger, M. (2005). Untersuchungen über den Einfluss von Einstellungseffekten und Heuristiken beim Lösen von Einsichtsproblemen. Berlin, WVB



Öllinger, M. (2007). Früh übt sich. Süddeutsche Zeitung – Kinderleben, 3, 20–25

Knoblich, G. & Öllinger, M. (2006). Alles Erfindung. Die Furche, 8, 21–24

Knoblich, G. & Öllinger, M. (2005). Vom Geistesblitz getroffen. Gehirn & Geist, 11, 40–47