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Chair Gast Group | Emmy Noether Program

Dr. Anne Gast

Phone +49-221-470-8648
AddressRichard-Strauss-Str. 2, 50931 Köln | Germany

Room 2.A21
Office hours by appointment

Research interests

Evaluative conditioning • Implicit measures • Implicit processes • Self regulation • Social influence • Learning by experience vs. learning by instruction • Gender and academic achievement • Learning and memory in educational contexts


Journal Publications

  • Moran, T., Hughes, S. J., Hussey, I., Vadillo, M., Olson, M., Aust, F., Bading K., Balas, R., Benedict, T., Corneille, O., Douglas, S. B., Ferguson, M. J., Fritzlen, K. A., Gast, A., Gawronski, B., Giménez-Fernández, T., Hanusz, K., Heycke, T., Högden, F., Hütter, M., Kurdi, B., Mierop, A., Richter, J., Sarzyńska-Wawer, J., Smith, C. T., Stahl, C., Thomasius, P., Unkelbach, C., & De Houwer, J. (in press). Incidental attitude formation via the surveillance task: A registered replication report of Olson and Fazio (2001). Psychological Science. [Preregistrations 1] [2] [Materials, data, analyses, and code] [Preprint]
  • Lammers, J., Crusius, J., & Gast, A. (2020). Correcting misperceptions of exponential coronavirus growth increases support for social distancing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(28), 16264 - 16266. [data on OSF]
  • Alves, H. Högden, F., Gast, A., Aust, F., & Unkelbach, C. (in press). Attitudes from mere co-occurrences are guided by differentiation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Benedict, T., & Gast, A. (in press). Evaluative conditioning with fear- and disgust-evoking stimuli: No evidence that they increase learning without explicit memory. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Van Dessel, P., Cone, J., Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (in press). The impact of valenced verbal information on implicit and explicit evaluation: The role of information diagnosticity, primacy, and memory cueing. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Lammers, J., Gast, A., Unkelbach, C., & Galinsky, A. D. (2018). Moral character impression formation depends on the valence homogeneity of the context. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9, 576-585. doi:10.1177/1948550617714585  [data on OSF]
  • Richter, J., & Gast, A. (2017). Distributed practice can boost evaluative conditioning by increasing memory for the stimulus pairs. Acta Psychologica, 179, 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.06.007
  • 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
  • Gast, A., Langer, S., & Sengewald, M.-A. (2016). Evaluative conditioning increases with temporal contiguity. The influence of stimulus order and stimulus interval on evaluative conditioning. Acta Psychologica, 170, 177–185. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.07.002
  • 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
  • Zanon, R., Houwer, J. D., Gast, A., & Smith, C. T. (2014). When does relational information influence evaluative conditioning? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 2105–2122. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.907324
  • Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2013). The influence of extinction and counterconditioning instructions on evaluative conditioning effects. Learning and Motivation, 44, 312–325. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2013.03.003
  • Gast, A., Werner, B., Heitmann, C., Spruyt, A., & Rothermund, K. (2013). Evaluative stimulus (in)congruency impacts performance in an unrelated task: Evidence for a resource-based account of evaluative priming. Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000238
  • Koranyi, N., Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2013). "Although quite nice, I was somehow not attracted by that person": Attitudes toward romantically committed opposite-sex others are immune to positive evaluative conditioning. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 403–410. doi:10.1177/1948550612467037
  • Voss, A., Rothermund, K., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2013). Cognitive processes in associative and categorical priming: A diffusion model analysis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 536–559. doi:10.1037/a0029459
  • Gast, A., & De Houwer, J. (2012). Evaluative conditioning without directly experienced pairings of the conditioned and the unconditioned stimuli. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1657–1674. doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.665061
  • Gast, A., De Houwer, J., & De Schryver, M. (2012). Evaluative conditioning can be modulated by memory of the CS-US pairings at the time of testing. Learning and Motivation, 43, 116–126. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2012.06.001
  • Gast, A., Gawronski, B., & De Houwer, J. (2012). Evaluative conditioning: Recent developments and future directions. Learning and Motivation, 43, 79–88. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2012.06.004
  • Zanon, R., De Houwer, J., & Gast, A. (2012). Context effects in evaluative conditioning of implicit evaluations. Learning and Motivation, 43, 155–165. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2012.02.003
  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2011). I like it because I said that I like it: Evaluative conditioning effects can be based on stimulus-response learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37, 466–476. doi:10.1037/a0023077
  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2011). What you see is what will change: Evaluative conditioning effects depend on a focus on valence. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 89–110. doi:10.1080/02699931003696380
  • Rothermund, K., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2011). Incongruency effects in affective processing: Automatic motivational counter-regulation or mismatch-induced salience? Cognition and Emotion, 25, 413–425. doi:10.1080/02699931.2010.537075
  • Gast, A., & Rothermund, K. (2010). When old and frail is not the same: dissociating category and stimulus effects in four implicit attitude measurement methods. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 479–498. doi:10.1080/17470210903049963
  • Rothermund, K., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2009). Minimizing the influence of recoding in the Implicit Association Test: The Recoding-Free Implicit Association Test (IAT-RF). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 84–98. doi:10.1080/17470210701822975

Book Publications

  • Gast, A. (2013). Evaluative Konditionierung. In C. Bermeitinger (Ed.), Paradigmen der Kognitiven Psychologie: Affektive Reize II (pp. 257–285). Berlin, Germany: Uni-Edition.
  • Spruyt, A., Gast, A., & Moors, A. (2011). The sequential priming paradigm: A primer. In K. C. Klauer, A. Voss, & C. Stahl (Eds.), Cognitive methods in social psychology (pp. 48–77). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Lammers, J., & Gast, A. (2011). Power in the House. In T. V. Cascio & L. M. Martin (Eds.), House and psychology: Humanity is overrated. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


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