Dr. Laura Sperl

Laura Sperl Foto: Laura Sperl

E-Mail: laura.sperl

Telefon: +49 2331 987-2192

Raum: 0C011

Research Areas

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  • Time Perception
  • The Multilingual Mind
  • Motor Skill Change & Automatization
  • Inhibition & Intererence
  • Cognition, Language & Motor Performance

Academic and Research Positions

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since 2022: Lecturer, Department of General Psychology: Judgement, Decision Making, Action, FernUniversität Hagen

2021: PhD (Dr. phil.) „Challenges in motor skill change. Unraveling behavioral, cognitive and electrophysiological correlates of proactive interference” (2021)

2020 - 2021: Research Staff/Scholarship Holder, Department for General Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

2017 - 2020: Research Staff and Doctoral Candidate, Department for the Psychology of Human Movement and Sport, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

2013 – 2016: Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology and Neurosciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

2014 – 2015: Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

2010 – 2013: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


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Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Hüttner, N.*, Sperl, L.*, & Schroeger, A. (2023). Slow motion bias: Exploring the relation between time overestimation and increased perceived intentionality. Perception, 52(2), 77-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/03010066221139943; *shared first authorship
  • Sperl, L., Ruttloff, J. M., Ambrus, G. G., Kaufmann, J. M., Cañal-Bruland, R., Schweinberger, S. R. (2021). Effects of motor restrictions on preparatory brain activity. Experimental Brain Research, 239(11), 3189–3203. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-021-06190-w
  • Sperl, L., Ambrus, G.G., Kaufmann, J.M., Schweinberger, S.R., Cañal-Bruland, R. (2021). Electrophysiological correlates underlying interference control. Biological Psychology, 163, 108138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2021.108138
  • Sperl, L., Gergeleit, T. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2021). On the role of different subdimensions of inhibition for successful motor skill change. Human Movement Science, 77, 102801. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2021.102801
  • Sperl, L., Hüttner, N. & Schröger, A. (2021). Why do actions in slow motion videos appear to last longer? On the effect of misconceiving video speed. Perception, 50(1), 69-79. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0301006620982212
  • Sperl, L., & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2020). Interindividual differences in the capability to change automatized movement patterns. Acta Psychologica, 204, 103027. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103027
  • Sperl, L. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2020). Reducing proactive interference in motor tasks. Journal of Motor Behavior, 52, 372-381. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222895.2019.1635984

Book Chapters

  • Sperl, L. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2020). Changing automatized movement patterns. In N. J. Hodges & A. M. Williams (Eds.), Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice (3rd edition) (pp. 20-38). London: Routledge.

Other Publications

  • Sperl, L. (2020). Zur Rolle von proaktiver Interferenz bei motorischen Umstellungsaufgaben. Jenaer Beiträge zum Sport, 23,
  • Sperl, L. (2018). Die Macht der Gewohnheit – Herausforderungen beim motorischen Umlernen. Jenaer Beiträge zum Sport, 22, 18-20.
  • Sperl, L. (2017). Directed Forgetting – Ein Schlüssel zum erfolgreichen motorischen Umlernen? Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 24(4), 168.

Awards, Funding & Scholarships

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  • ​​​​​​2021: Career advancement scholarship for female post-docs, Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2020: PhD Scholarship, Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2019: Internal research grant for interdisciplinary projects and networks, Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2019: ProChance travel grant for participation at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montreal (Canada), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 2018: Best Graduate Award M.Sc. of Psychology


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  • Seminars for psychology students
  • Empirical-experimental internships for psychology students
  • Supervision of Bachelor’s and Master‘s theses

Further Activities

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Reviewer for scientific peer-reviewed journals:

  • Human Movement Science
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Processing