Field of Focus IVFunded Projects

Modern times require human adaptation to changes at multiple levels. Self-regulation refers to the process of adaptation within a given social entity (individual, organization, society) that aims at maintaining or achieving a defined goal state. In contrast, regulation refers to the rules and mechanisms that either restrict or support self-regulation.

In sum, FoF4 aims at becoming an internationally recognized interdisciplinary center for research in self-regulation and regulation. Together, we will explore processes of adaptation within the individual, within social systems of varying complexity, and between individuals, social systems and environmental conditions. Only by crossing disciplinary boundaries will it be possible to find answers to important questions regarding the present and future life of our society. During the past five years, FoF4 has supported small and medium size multidisciplinary cooperations. In the next step, we plan to promote larger research consortiums.

Main Research Areas

  • Self- and Co-regulation - Prof. Dr. Sabina Pauen
  • Regelabweichungen - Prof. Dr. Markus Pohlmann
  • Cognitive Science -  Prof. Dr. Jan Rummel

Explorer Projects

  • Stability and Change - Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren
  • The Price of Breathing - Jun.Prof. Dr. Anca Balietti
  • Blackbox Sustainability - Jun.Prof. Dr. Kathrin Ackermann
  • The Nature of Evidence - Prof. Timo Goeschl, Ph.D.
  • Using continuous real-time monitoring - Prof. Dr. Cornelia Wrzus
  • Multi-level regulation - Prof. Dr. Henning Plessner
  • Stressregulation - Prof. Dr. Monika Sieverding / Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen
  • Experienced solidarity - Dr. Stefanie Wiloth


  • Impact Readiness Indikatoren

Core Facilities

  • Core Facility for Neuroscience of Self-Regulation (CNSR)