PD Dr. Fang Zhao

PD Dr. Fang Zhao Foto: FernUniversität

PD Dr. Fang Zhao

Leiterin der Nachwuchsgruppe Multimedia

E-Mail: fang.zhao

Universitätsstraße 27 – PRG / Gebäude 5
Raum B 104 (1. Etage)
58097 Hagen

Was ist meine Rolle in CATALPA ?

Als kognitive und pädagogische Psychologin leite ich die Nachwuchsgruppe Multimedia und forsche über verschiedene Themen in Multimedia-Lernen und Multitasking.


Das Forschungszentrum CATALPA bietet ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld, wo ich potentielle Forschungspartner finden kann. Es finanziert meine Nachwuchsgruppe und erweitert meine akademische Karriere.

    • Nachwuchsgruppenleiterin Nachwuchsgruppe Multimedia im Forschungszentrum CATALPA (vormals D²L²) FernUniversität (seit April 2021)
    • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in Psychologie, FernUniversität in Hagen (2016-03.2021)
    • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in Psychologie, University Koblenz-Landau (07.2015-12.2015)
  • Ich interessiere mich für verschiedene Themen in Multimedia-Lernen:

    • Text-Bild-Integration,
    • Lernen mit Grafiken,
    • Videos und interaktive Simulationen, sowie
    • das Thema Sequenzlernen unter Multitasking.
    • Nachwuchsgruppe Multimedia
  • 2024


    • Zhao, F., & Gaschler, R. (2024). Sending motivational emails in text–picture personalised form can be feasible in e-learning: An asynchronous course case. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/02680513.2024.2326002

    Vorträge und Posterpräsentationen

    • Wehrhahn, F., Ding, Y., Gaschler, R., Zhao, F., & Horbach, A. (2024, Juni 26–28). Argumentative essay writing practice with automated feedback and highlighting. [Poster Presentation]. EARLI SIG WRITING 2024 – ways2write, Université Paris Nanterre, France.


    Vorträge und Posterpräsentationen

    • Wehrhahn, F., Gaschler, R., & Zhao, F. (2023, Juni 14–16). Argumentative essay writing practice with automated feedback and highlighting. [Poster Presentation]. ESPLAT 2023 – Learning and Teaching Psychology in a Changing World, Umeå Universitet, Sweden.



    • Aufschnaiter, S., Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Kiesel, A., & Thomaschke, R. (2022). Investigating time-based expectancy beyond binary timing scenarios: Evidence from a paradigm employing three predictive pre-target intervals. Psychological Research, 86(2007-2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-021-01606-2
    • Leh, A., Langhanns, C., Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., & Müller, H. (2022). Muscle activity in explicit and implicit sequence learning: Exploring additional measures of learning and certainty via tensor decomposition. Acta Psychologica, 226, 103587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103587
    • Zhao, F., & Gaschler, R. (2022). Graph schema and best graph type to compare discrete groups: Bar, line, and pie. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.991420
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Schnotz, W., & Wagner, I. (2022). Lower grade students tend to give up early in multimedia learning. European Journal of Psychology of Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10212-022-00612-1
    • Zhao, F., Schützler, L., Christ, O., & Gaschler, R. (2022). Learning statistics with interactive data graphs using R Shiny: Generally preferred, but not generally advantageous. Teaching Statistics. https://doi.org/10.1111/test.12324

    Vorträge und Posterpräsentationen

    • Wehrhahn, F., Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., & Haake, J. M. (2022a, März). Can interactive information pictures enhance learning? [Poster Presentation]. Conference Name: TeaP 2022 – Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psycholog:innen; Conference of Experimental Psychologists.
    • Wehrhahn, F., Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., & Haake, J. M. (2022b, August 29–31). Can interactive decorative pictures enhance learning compared to informative and static pictures? [Poster Presentation]. EARLI SIG 2 Conference 2022 – Text and Graphics Comprehension in a Digital World: Potential and Challenges, IPN - Leipniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Deutschland.



    Web Documents

    • Zhao, F., Schäfer, L. O., van Rijn, L., & Wöhrle, J. (2021). Snails on the chase: Howto cope with anxiety in academic career. Elephant in the Lab. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5574873



    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Kneschke, A., Radler, S., Duttine, C., & Haider, H. (2020). Origami folding: Taxing resources necessary for the acquisition of sequential skills. PLoS One, 15(10), e0240226. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0240226
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Nöhring, O., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (2020). Sequential modulation of across-task congruency in the serial reaction time task. Acta Psychologica, 205(103043). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103043
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Schnotz, W., & Wagner, I. (2020). Regulating distance to the screen while engaging in difficult tasks. Frontline Learning Research, 8(6), 59–76. https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v8i6.663
    • Zhao, F., Schnotz, W., Wagner, I., & Gaschler, R. (2020). Texts and pictures serve different functions in conjoint mental model construction and adaptation. Memory & Cognition, 48(1), 69–82. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-019-00962-0



    • Gaschler, R., Zhao, F., Röttger, E., Panzer, S., & Haider, H. (2019). More than hitting the correct key quickly: Spatial variability in touch screen response location under multitasking in the serial reaction time task. Experimental Psychology,66(3), 207–220. https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000446
    • Röttger, E., Haider, H., Zhao, F., & Gaschler, R. (2019). Implicit sequence learning despite multitasking: The role of across-task predictability. Psychological Research, 83(3), 526–543. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-017-0920-4
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Thomaschke, R., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (2019). Sequence knowledge on “when” and “what” supports dual tasking. Journal of Cognition, 2(1), 18. https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.76



    • Gaschler, R., Kemper, M., Zhao, F., Pumpe, I., Ruderisch, C.-B., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (2018). Differential effects of cue-based and sequence knowledge-based predictability on multitasking performance. Acta Psychologica, 191, 76–86. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.09.004
    • Zhao, F., Gaschler, R., Travi, T., Imgrund, B., Kossack, V., Röttger, E., & Haider, H. (2018). Effects of overlap between consecutive words on speeded typing inform about representation of serial order within words. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 14(3), 139–149. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0244-6
    • Zhao, F., & Mahrt, N. (2018). Influences of comics expertise and comics types in comics reading. International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences, 5(2), 2349–5219.



    • Broeker, L., Kiesel, A., Aufschnaiter, S., Ewolds, H. E., Gaschler, R., Haider, H., Künzell, S., Raab, M., Röttger, E., Thomaschke, R., & Zhao, F. (2017). Why prediction matters in multitasking and how predictability can improve it. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02021

    Chapters in Edited Books

    • Schnotz, W., Wagner, I., 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 schools. In Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment (pp. 303–313). Springer International Publishing.