Dr. Fang Zhao

Dr. Fang Zhao

E-Mail: fang.zhao
Tel.: +49 2331 987 - 4303


  • 2016–present PostDoc in Psychology, University of Hagen, Germany
  • 2012–2015 Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • 2010–2011 M.A. in Translation Studies, Durham University, UK
  • 2006–2010 B.A. in Linguistics, Henan University, China

Publications and Others

  1. Bröker, L., Kiesel, A., Aufschnaiter, S., Ewolds, H., Gaschler, R., Haider, H., Künzell, S., Raab, M., Röttger, E., Thomaschke, R., Zhao, F. (Nov 2017). Why prediction matters in multitasking and how predictability can improve it. Frontiers Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02021 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02021/full
  2. Röttger, E., Haider, H., Zhao, F., & Gaschler. R. (2017). Implicit sequence learning despite multitasking - the role of across-task predictability. Psychological Research. Doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0920-4 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00426-017-0920-4
  3. Schnotz, W., Wagner, W., Zhao, F., Ullrich, M., Horz, H., McElvany, N., Ohle, A. & Baumert, J. (2017). Development of dynamic usage of strategies for integrating text and picture information in secondary school. In D. Leutner, J. Fleischer, J. Grünkorn & E. Klieme (Hrsg.), Competence Assessment in Education - Research, Models and Instruments (pp. 303-313). Dordrecht: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-50030-0_18
  4. Zhao, F. (2015) Reading strategies in learning (Doctoral dissertation). OPUS. https://kola.opus.hbz-nrw.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/1018
  5. Zhao, F., Schnotz, W., Wagner, I. & Gaschler, R. (2014). Eye tracking indicators of reading approaches in text-picture comprehension. Frontline Learning Research, 2(4), 46–66. doi:10.14786/flr.v2i4.98 https://journals.sfu.ca/flr/index.php/journal/article/view/98/201

Under revision

  1. Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Thomaschke, R., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (under revision). Sequence knowledge on “when” and “what” supports dual tasking. Experimental Psychology.
  2. Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Travi, T., Imgrund, B., Kossack, V., Röttger, E. & Haider, H. (under revision). Overlap of Representation of Serial Order of Subsequent Words Affecting Speeded Typing. Advance Psychology.
  3. Zhao, F., Schnotz, W., Wagner, I. & Gaschler, R. (under revision). Eyes on Text and Pictures – Construction and Adaptation of Mental Models. Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Research Grant

  • 09.2017 SPP Research Excellence Grant (funded by DFG Schwerpunktprogramm 1772 Multitasking), Proposal "Sequence knowledge in motor control using EMG signals" in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Herrmann Müller, Christine Langhanns at Sport University of Giessen.
  • 02.2017 Innovative International Teaching (funded by FernUniversity in Hagen), Proposal "Cognitive psychology with an on multimedia learning".
  • 10.2016 SPP Research Excellence Grant (from DFG Schwerpunktprogramm 1772 Multitasking), Proposal "Complex timing in multitasking" in collaboration with Habil. Dr. Roland Thomaschke, Stefanie Aufschnaiter at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg.


Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Röttger, E., Haider, H., Thomaschke, R. (Sep, 2017) Influences of timing in after-action effect. Escop Symposium: Timing in Cognitive Multitasking: Different Perspectives and Approaches: Organized by Fang Zhao & Stefanie Aufschnaiter (pp. 70). Postdam, Sep 3-6, 2017.

Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Röttger, E., Haider, H., Thomaschke, R. (26 – 29 April, 2017). Can a predictable timing sequence help multitasking? Teap 2017 Symposium, The Beneficial impact of predictability on human performance: Organized by Laura Bröke (pp. 72), Dresden, Deutschland.

Selected Presentations and Posters

Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Röttger, E., Haider, H. (19-21 Juni, 2017). Different forms of sequence representations supporting multitasking. 2017 Aachen SPP Meeting Poster Session, Aachen, Deutschland.

Gaschler, R., Haider, H., Röttger, R., Zhao, F. (2017) The role of separation of representations in sequential actions in multitasking. SPP Giessen Meeting, Giessen, Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2017.

Zhao, F. (17.Feb, 2017). Sequence Learning, Comics Reading, Multimedia Learning. Eye Tracking Seminar at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Zhao, F. & Gaschler, R. (April, 2016). Does sequence knowledge help multitasking? University of Freiburg Symposium, Freiburg, Germany.

Zhao, F. & Schnotz, W. (2015). Reading strategy in multimedia learning. Poster präsentiert auf: Promovierendenforum des IPZ mit Postersession. Landau in der Pfalz, Germany.