Dr. Tobias Heycke


Change Management | Open Science | Digitalization

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Welcome to my personal homepage. I left academia in August 2020. Get in touch if you want to talk open science, change management, or digital transformation.

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Curriculum vitae


PhD in Psychology 12/2013 – 07/2018
University of Cologne, Germany
“Contingency awareness in evaluative conditioning: Investigations using subliminal stimulus presentations”

M. Sc., Research Master Behavioural Sciences 09/2011 - 09/2013
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

B. Sc., Psychology 09/2007 - 09/2011
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Academic Career

Postdoctoral researcher 09/2018 - 08/2020
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Implementing the GESIS Open Science Strategy. My work consists of all aspects of changing the science culture towards a more open culture. I give talks on the importance of open science and organize and teach workshops on open science tools.

Visiting researcher 08/2015 - 10/2015
University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Visiting the social cognition lab of Prof. Dr. Gawronski.

Research associate at the Chair for Research Methods and Experimental Psychology 12/2013 - 09/2018
University of Cologne, Germany
Teaching in the Bachelor and Master of Psychology and the Bachelor Inter-Media.

Student assistant at the Language and Cognition group 03/2009 - 09/2011
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics


Chin, J. M., DeHaven, A. C., Heycke, T., Holcombe, A. O., Mellor, D. T., Pickett, J. T., … & Zeiler, K. (2021). Improving the Credibility of Empirical Legal Research: Practical Suggestions for Researchers, Journals and Law Schools. Law, Technology and Humans, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5204/lthj.1875

Moran, T., […], Heycke, T., […] De Houwer, J. (2021). Incidental attitude formation via the surveillance task: A preregistered replication of the Olson and Fazio (2001) study. *Psychological Science, 32(1), 120-131. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797620968526

Heycke, T., & Gawronski, B. (2020). Co-occurrence and relational information in evaluative learning: A multinomial modeling approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149(1), 104–124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000620 PDF & additional material

Heycke, T. & Spitzer, L. (2019). Screen recordings as a tool to document computer assisted data collection procedures. Psychologica Belgica, 59(1), pp.269–280. http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.490 PDF & additional material

Heycke, T., & Stahl, C. (2018). No evaluative conditioning effects with briefly presented stimuli. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1109-1 PDF & additional material

Heycke, T., Gehrmann, S., Haaf, J. M., & Stahl, C. (2018). Of two minds or one? A registered replication of Rydell et al. (2006). Cognition and Emotion, 32(8), 1708–1727. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2018.1429389 PDF & additional material

Heycke, T., Aust, F., & Stahl, C. (2017). Subliminal influence on preferences? A test of evaluative conditioning for brief visual conditioned stimuli using auditory unconditioned stimuli. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 160935. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160935 PDF & additional material

Stahl, C., & Heycke, T. (2016). Evaluative Conditioning with Simultaneous and Sequential Pairings Under Incidental and Intentional Learning Conditions. Social Cognition, 34(5), 382–412. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2016.34.5.382


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