Dr. Wanja Wolff

Scientific Staff

Hard Facts


Since 2016: Senior Researcher at the Chair of Sport Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany

Since 2018 (part-time): Senior Researcher at the Educational Psychology Lab, University of Bern, Switzerland

2012-2015: Researcher at the Chair of Sport Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany


2022: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz, Germany

2015: Dr. phil. at the University of Potsdam, Germany

2011: M.Sc. Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Germany

2009: B.Sc. Psychologiy at the University of Konstanz, Germany

My Research & Me

As a researcher, I specialize in exploring the self-regulation of performance through psychology, neuroscience, and sport science. Currently, I am very interested in the role basic experiences like boredom and the sensation of effort play in guiding behavior and performance. I'm passionate about understanding the human mind and body, and I'm dedicated to better understand the mechanisms that drive optimal performance in all aspects of life. And while it may sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, I'm also planning to use this knowledge to stop getting worse at cycling the hills around Konstanz!


Three major publications

1. Wolff, W., Hirsch, A., Bieleke, M., & Shenhav, A. (2021). Neuroscientific approaches to self-regulatory control in sports. In C. Englert & I. Taylor (eds.). Self-regulation and motivation in sport and exercise psychology. London: Routledge.

2. Wolff, W., & Martarelli, C. (2020). Bored into depletion? Towards a tentative integration of perceived self-control exertion and boredom as guiding signals for goal-directed behavior. Perspectives on Psychological Science 15(5), 1272-1283. doi:10.1177/1745691620921394

3. Wolff, W., Bieleke, M., Stähler, J., & Schüler, J. (2021). Too bored for sports? Adaptive and less-adaptive latent personality profiles for exercise behavior. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 53, 101851. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101851

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