Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2013
    Postdoctoral researcher in the research group „Allgemeine Psychologie II", Department of Psychology, University of Cologne

  • 2009 – 2013
    Postdoctoral researcher in the research group „Learning and Implicit Processes", Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University

  • 2005 – 2009
    PhD student and research scientist in the research group "Allgemeine Psychologie II", Institute of Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

Selected publications

  • Gast, A., Langer, S., & Sengewald, M.-A. (in press). Evaluative conditioning increases with temporal contiguity. The influence of stimulus order and stimulus interval on evaluative conditioning. Acta Psychologica.

  • Lammers, J., & Gast, A. (in press). Stressing the advantages of female leadership can place women at a disadvantage. Social Psychology.

  • Gast, A.*, & Kattner, F.* (2016). Single-trial evaluative conditioning can be moderated by instructed forgetting. Learning & Behavior, 44, 260-269. doi:10.3758/s13420-016-0210-9

    *both authors contributed equally

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., & Gast, A. (2016). Approach–avoidance training effects are moderated by awareness of stimulus–action contingencies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 81–93. doi:10.1177/0146167215615335

    Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Gast, A., Smith, C. T., & De Schryver, M. (2016). Instructing implicit processes: When instructions to approach or avoid influence implicit but not explicit evaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 63, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2015.11.002

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Roets, A., & Gast, A. (2016). Failures to change stimulus evaluations by means of subliminal approach and avoidance training. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, e1–e15. doi:10.1037/pspa0000039

  • Gawronski, B., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2015). Is evaluative conditioning really resistant to extinction? Evidence for changes in evaluative judgements without changes in evaluative representations. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 816–830. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.947919

  • Van Dessel, P., De Houwer, J., Gast, A., & Tucker Smith, C. (2015). Instruction-based approach-avoidance effects: Changing stimulus evaluation via the mere instruction to approach or avoid stimuli. Experimental Psychology, 62, 161–169. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000282

  • Gast, A. (2014). What is learned, and when? Commentary on "The Musical Stroop Effect: Opening a new avenue to research on automatisms" by L. Grégoire, D. Perruchet, and B. Poulin-Charronnat (Experimental Psychology, 2013, Vol. 60, pp. 269–278). Experimental Psychology, 61, 71–74. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000206

  • Spruyt, A., Klauer, K. C., Gast, A., De Schryver, M., & De Houwer, J. (2014). Feature-specific attention allocation modulates the generalization of recently acquired likes and dislikes. Experimental Psychology, 61, 85–98. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000228

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • A Memory-and-Retrieval Model of Evaluative Learning. Research project funded in the Emmy-Noether programme, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2015 – 2020

  • The Influence of the Evaluative Ecology on Comparative Processing. Research project within research unit "Relativity in Social Cognition" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2015 – 2017


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