Bachelor Thesis

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Below you will find an overview of the most important elements for writing your bachelor thesis, such as the supervision process, general structure requirements and citation format.

Requirements for Writing a Bachelor Thesis
  • StEOP, CBK, and the completed „Fundamentals of Scientific Writing“ course. Students could write the bachelor thesis in parallel to the course, but a consecutive sequence is recommended. It is not possible to write a bachelor thesis before enrolling in this course!

  • Prior knowledge of/strong interest in psychology, behavioral economics, or data analytics is a prerequisite for writing a Bachelor thesis at the Institute for Cognition and Behavior.

  • Within the Institute of Cognition and Behavior, it is possible to work on pre-specified research questions, but students are also very welcome to present their own ideas for their thesis. Below you can find the current list of researchers that are available for thesis supervision. If you are interested in any of the research areas, please feel free to contact the respective researcher via email stating (1) your approximate starting time, (2) general or specific area of interest, and (3) a short description of your background in the research area of the institute. 

  • Typically a Bachelor thesis will be prepared within 3-6 months and has an extent of approximately 30 pages (BaWiSo, 40 pages BBE). Usually, you discuss your work between 2-4 times with your supervisor (more if the complexity of the research question or method calls for it).

    Possible Supervisors
    As the supervision depends on available resources, we suggest getting in touch as early as possible with your potential supervisor.
    NameAreas of InterestMethods
    Susann FiedlerJudgment & Decision Making, Motivation, Discrimination, Cooperation, Trust, Bounded Ethicality, Counterproductive Workplace Behavior, Social and Economic Cognition, Information Search and Processing, Polarisation, Group interactions, Smart Institutional Design, Wellbeing, Autonomy, Decision BiasesMethods: Meta-Analysis, Lab, Online and Field Experiments, Eye-Tracking Experiments
    Margeret HallInternet Research, Social Media, Online Communities, User Behaviour, Participation, Vulnerability, Dark Side of the Internet, Maladaptive Behaviour, Digital Divide, Problem-Based Learning, Technical Education, Education Analytics, Computational Social Science, Social Computing, HCIText Analysis, Sentiment Analysis, Computer Vision, Data Mining, Applied AI, Applied ML, Network Analysis, Surveys, Mixed-Methods
    Kajsa HanssonPerceptions of Fairness, Meritocracy, Inequality, Selfish Behavior, Unethical and Immoral Behavior, Image ConcernsOnline and Lab Experiments
    Hooman HabibniaInequality, Inequality perception, Motivated beliefs and cognition, Discrimination, Group interaction, Behavioral interventionsLab and online experiments, Literature review
    Anna ShcherbiakDishonesty, Corruption, Social Norms, Cooperation, Fairness, Altruism, Gossip, Prosocial Behavior, Evidence-Based PolicyLab, Online, and Lab-in-the-Field Experiments, Literature Review, Surveys, Mixed Methods, Network Analysis, Difference-in-Difference, Regression Discontinuity 
    Dejan TaticCyberpsychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Gullibility, Credulity, Misinformation, Misplaced TrustExperimental Research, Systematic literature Review
    Possible Thesis Topic Suggestions
    Submission and Evaluation
    General WU-Wide Information and Guidelines and Forms
    Bachelor's Thesis Process
    Bachelor Thesis Guideline
    Cover Sheet Bachelor Thesis
    Evaluation Form
    Citation Rules German
    Citation Rules English
    You have to submit your thesis electronically via:

    After the plagiarism test your supervisor has 4 weeks to enter your grade into the system.