Research Topics

  • Emotion and Stress
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Decision-Making
  • Memory
  • Lifespan

Brief Biographical Sketch

Dr. Eva Fröhlich is a neurocognitive scientist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam. Her current research examines (social) decision-making, memory and the handling of emotions with regard to healthy and obsessive food intake and fasting. Her methods of choice include eye-tracking, EEG and fMRI. Most recently, she is investigating how humor and positive emotions can attenuate adverse effects of subjective and physiological stress, how lifestyle choices affect dopamine release and in turn episodic and working memory as well as the effects of food perception on the neuroendocrine system.

Previously, she was a post-doc at the Freie Universität Berlin where she co-authored the SLS-Berlin: a German computer-based screening test to measure reading proficiency in early and late adulthood. At the FU, she obtained her Ph.D. in 2017 investigating cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying basic subprocesses of reading and memory in children as well as younger and older adults. Before that, she has worked as a student in highly competitive international research teams, such as at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. She finished her psychology studies with excellent marks at the Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen. For her diploma-thesis she conducted a cross-language EEG-study at the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Fröhlich has a strong dedication to teaching. Since 2015 she has been teaching psychology bachelor and master students in form of seminars, empirical-experimental internships as well as lectures. She has tutored dyslexic students and supervised numerous bachelor- and masters theses.

As a private human being, Dr. Fröhlich enjoys the company of friends and family, gardening and cooking, the outdoors and watching soccer while having one cold beer.


Selected Publications

Froehlich, E., Samaan, L., Matsuzaki, R., & Park, S. Q.: Humor and Hunger Affect the Response Toward Food Cues. Frontiers in psychology, 3424, (2021)

Liebig, J., Froehlich, E., Sylvester, T., Braun, M., Heekeren, H. R., Ziegler, J. C., & Jacobs, A. M.: Neural processing of vision and language in kindergarten is associated with prereading skills and predicts future literacy. Human Brain Mapping, 42(11), 3517-3533, (2021)

Froehlich, E., Madipakkam, A. R., Craffonara, B., Bolte, C., Muth, A. K., & Park, S. Q.: A short humorous intervention protects against subsequent psychological stress and attenuates cortisol levels without affecting attention. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-10, (2021)

Kumschick, I. R., Thiel, F., Goschin, C., & Froehlich, E.: Decision-making in teaching processes and the role of mood: a study with preservice teachers in Germany. International Journal of Emotional Education, 12(2), 56-72, (2020)

Lüdtke, J.*, Froehlich, E.*, Jacobs, A. M., Hutzler, F.: The SLS-Berlin: Validation of a German computer-based screening test to measure reading proficiency in early and late adulthood. Frontiers Psychol. 10:1682 (2019). [Open Access] *shared first author

Froehlich, E., Liebig, J., Morawetz, C., Ziegler, J. C., Braun, M., Heekeren, H. R., Jacobs, A. M.: Same Same But Different: Processing Words in the Aging Brain, Neuroscience 371, 75-95 (2018). [Open Access]

Liebig, J., Froehlich, E., Morawetz, C., Braun, M., Jacobs, A. M., Heekeren, R. H., Ziegler, J. C.: Neurofunctionally dissecting the reading system in children. Develop. Cogn. Neurosci. 27, 45-57 (2017). [Open Access]

Froehlich, E., Liebig, J., Ziegler, J. C., Braun, M., Lindenberger, U., Heekeren, H., Jacobs, A. M.: Drifting through Basic Subprocesses of Reading: A Hierarchical Diffusion Model Analysis of Age Effects on Visual Word Recognition. Frontiers Psychol. 7:1863 (2016). [Open Access]

Froehlich, E., Jacobs, A. M.: Verändert sich Lesen im Alter? Alterseffekte in der visuellen Worterkennung [Does reading change with age? Ageing effects in visual word recognition], Lernen und Lernstörungen, 5, 95-109 (2016).

Oganian, Y., Froehlich, E., Schlickeiser, U., Hofmann, M. J., Heekeren, H. R., Jacobs, A. M.: Slower Perception Followed by Faster Lexical Decision in Longer Words: A Diffusion Model Analysis. Frontiers Psychol. 6:1958 (2016). [Open Access]