Lehrstuhl für Empirische Pädagogik und Pädagogische Psychologie (DE)

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Birtwistle, Efsun

Dr. Efsun Birtwistle (former E. Annac)

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Raum 3308, Leopoldstr. 13, 80802 München

Telefon: +49-(0)89-2180-17805

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Curriculum vitae

  • Abschlüsse:
  • Ph.D., Graduate school of systemic neurosciences, University of Munich
  • M.Sc., Neuro-cognitive psychology, University of Munich
  • B.A., Psychology, Dogus University Istanbul


  • Home Learning Environment and family
  • Learning through digital interventions (e.g. tablet-based learning)
  • Cognitive training and training through mobile apps
  • Learning and memory processes
  • Interplay of attention, working memory and long-term memory
  • Visual attention and spatial cognition
  • Executive control processes
  • Neurocognitive aspects of attention and memory


  1. Learning4Kids: App-based Learning for Kindergarten Children at Home l
  2. TrainKids: Digital cognitive training in kindergarten and insights into cognitive activities at home
  3. Systemic review and meta-analysis of cognitive training interventions

Bachelor and Master students are welcome to contact regarding their thesis projects. Internships are possible.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • Birtwistle, E., Schoedel, R., Bemmann, F., Wirth, A., Sürig, C., Stachl, C., Bühner, M., & Niklas, F. (2022). Mobile sensing in psychological and educational research: Examples from two application fields. International Journal of Testing, 22(3-4), 264-288. https://doi.org/10.1080/15305058.2022.2036160
  • Kurcyus, K., Annac, E., Henning, N.M., Oeltzschner, G., Edden, E., & Riedl, V. (2018). Opposite dynamics of GABA and glutamate levels in the occipital cortex during visual processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(46), 9967-9976. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1214-18.2018
  • Annac, E., Zang, X., Müller, H. J., & Geyer, T. (2018). A secondary task is not always costly: Context‐based guidance of visual search survives interference from a demanding working memory task. British Journal of Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12346
  • Annac, E., Manginelli, A.A., Pollmann, S., Shi, Z., Müller, H. J., & Geyer, T. (2013). Memory under pressure: Secondary-task effects on contextual cueing of visual search. Journal of Vision, 13(13). Article ID 6. https://doi.org/10.1167/13.13.6
  • Niklas, F., Annac, E. & Wirth, A. (2020). App-based learning for kindergarten children at home (Learning4Kids): study protocol for cohort 1 and the kindergarten assessments. BMC Pediatrics, 20, 554. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-020-02432-y