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Maria Wirzberger, M.Sc.

Lupe [1]

(01/2015 - 03/2015)

Student Employee
(05/2014 - 12/2014)




maria.wirzberger(at)alumni.tu-berlin.de [2]




Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching within the module "Modeling and simulation in human-machine systems" in winter term 2014/15
  • Website establishment and maintenance



Research interests

  • Cognitive modeling of interruption with ACT-R
  • Visual attention and distraction in applied settings
  • Mental/ cognitive load in human-technology interaction
  • Instructional design in multimedia learning



Academic memberships

  • Member of the German Psychological Society [3] (DGPs)
  • Member of the Section General Psychology [4](FGAP) of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • Member of the German Society for Cognitive Science [5] (GK)



Awards and Achievements

  • Germany scholarship 2013/14 at the TU Berlin, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and IBM Germany; within this context media feature [6] for the Germany scholarship website of the BMBF




Wirzberger, M. and Russwinkel, N. (2015). Modeling interruption and resumption in a smartphone task: An ACT-R approach [7]. i-com, 14(2), p. 147-154doi: 10.1515/icom-2015-0033.

Russwinkel, N., Prezenski, S., Lindner, S., Halbrügge, M., Schulz, M. and Wirzberger, M. (2014). Modeling of cognitive aspects of mobile interaction [8]. Cognitive Processing, 15(Suppl. 1), p. S22-S24. doi: 10.1007/s10339-014-0632-2 (Symposium im Rahmen der KogWis 2014) Link to publication [9]

Wirzberger, M. and Russwinkel, N. (2014). "I don't need it" - Modeling ad-induced interruption while using a smartphone-app [10]. Vortrag auf der Crosswolds 2014: Theory, Development and Evaluation of Social Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz.

Wirzberger, M., Lüderitz, C., Rohrer, S. and Karrer-Gauß, K. (2014). „Keep green!“ – Nachhaltige Förderung ökologischen Fahrens durch Simulatortraining? [11]. In Güntürkün, O. (Eds.), 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Abstractband, p. 570. Link to publication [12]

Wirzberger, M. (2014). Smart@load? Modeling interruption while using a Smartphone-app under alternating workload conditions [13] (Masterarbeit). Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin..

Wirzberger, M. and Rey, G. D. (2013). Inducing impaired attention within the seductive detail effect: Do already distracted learners suffer more? [14]. In Ansorge, U. and Kirchler, E. and Lamm, C. and Leder, H. (Eds.), Abstracts of the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, p. 314.

Wirzberger, M. and Rey, G. D. (2013). Attention impairment in multimedia learning: Does initial task attention act as moderator? [15]. In Schwab, F. and Carolus, A. and Brill, M. and Hennighausen, C. (Eds.), Media Psychology: Media Research: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society, p. 11. Link to publication [16]

Wirzberger, M. (2012). Experimentelle Induktion beeinträchtigter Aufmerksamkeit im Kontext des seductive detail Effekts [17] (Bachelorarbeit). FernUniversität in Hagen, Hagen..

Wirzberger, M. (2005). "Bruder sein, das ist nicht schwer, Schwester sein dagegen sehr?" – Geschlechtsspezifische Betrachtungsweisen zur Situation von Geschwistern behinderter Kinder und Jugendlicher [18] (Diplomarbeit). Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Bochum..

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