Benedict C.O.F. Fehringer

Mailing Address

Universität Mannheim
Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie
Postfach 103462
D-68131 Mannheim

Address on Campus

A 5,6 building B,
2nd floor, room 208

Telephone: +(49) 621/ 181-2218
E-Mail: b.fehringer//at//

Office Hours

Every Tuesday between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

It is not necessary to register for an appointment in advance.


Kaiserslautern University of Technology

10 / 2001 – 9 / 2002

Distance learning in physics and mathematics

Saarland University, Saarbrücken

10 / 2002 – 9 / 2010

Diplom (equiv. to M. of Sc.) in Psychology
Major focus on diagnostics, research methods, and cognitive psychology

10 / 2005 – 6 / 2012

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in computer sciences

Major focus on data mining and statistical machine learning

German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken

12 / 2009 – 9 / 2012

Junior researcher at the research group Innovative Retail Laboratory

University of  Mannheim

Since 9 / 2012 

Research assistant at the Chair of Psychology of Education

Since 9 / 2013                

Doctoral student at Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS)



  • Diagnostics
  • Data Mining
  • Eye Tracking
  • Spatial thinking
  • Forensics


Münzer, S., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Kühl, T. (in press). Specificity of Mental Transformations Involved in Understanding Spatial Structures. Learning and Individual Differences.

Kühl, T., Stebner, F., Navratil, S., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Münzer, S. (in press). Text Information and Spatial Abilities in Learning with Animations and Static Pictures. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F., Habermann, N., Becker, N., & Deegener, G. (2016). Multiphasic Sex Inventory: Fragebogen zur Erfassung psychosexueller Merkmale bei Sexualtätern (2., vollständig überarbeitete und neu normierte Auflage). Göttingen: Hogrefe

Münzer, S., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Kühl, T. (2016). Standardized norm data for three self-report scales on egocentric and allocentric environmental spatial strategies. Data in Brief, 8, 803–811. DOI=

Münzer, S., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Kühl, T. (2016). Validation of a 3-factor-structure of spatial strategies and its relations to possession and usage of navigational aids. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 66-78. DOI=

Schmitz, M., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Akbal, M. (2015). Expressing Emotions With Synthetic Affect Bursts. In Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 91-95. DOI=

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2014). Eye Tracking Gaze Visualiser: Eye Tracker and Experimental Software Independent Visualisation of Gaze Data. In Proc. of the 8th International Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA 2014)ACM, New York, NY, USA, 259–262. DOI=

Fehringer, B.C.O.F., Bulling, A., & Krüger, A. (2012). Analysing the Potential of Adapt- ing Head-Mounted Eye Tracker Calibration to a New User. In Proc. of the 7th International Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA 2012). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 245–248. DOI=


Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2017). Wie kann der Index of Cognitive Activity (ICA) als Maß für kognitive Beanspruchung und Ermüdung genutzt werden? Talk on the Gemeinsamen Tagung der Fachgruppen Entwicklungspsychologie und pädagogische Psychologie (PAEPSY), 11.-14. September, Münster, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2017). Potential von Blickbewegungsmaßen im Kontext des computerisierten adaptiven Testens. Talk on the 14th Arbeitstagung der Fachgruppe Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD), 04.-06. September, Munich, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2017). Improving computerized adaptive testing using eye tracking measures. Talk on the 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, 20.-24. August, Wuppertal, Germany

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). The R-Cube-Test: A spatial visualization test suitable for eye-tracking analyses. Talk on the 50th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), 18.-22. September, Leibzig, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). Adaptives Testen räumlicher Fähigkeiten mit Blickbewegungsmessung und Pupillometrie. Talk on the 50th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), 18.-22. September, Leibzig, Germany.

Münzer, S., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Kühl, T. (2016). Specificity of Mental Transformations Involved in Understanding Spatial Structures: Correspondence Between Ability Measures and Dedicated Tasks. Talk on the 50th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), 18.-22. September, Leibzig, Germany.

Navratil, S., Kühl, T., Stebner, F., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Münzer, S. (2016). The Index of Cognitive Activity – a Promising Objective Measure of Cognitive Load when Learning with Different Visualization Formats. Talk on the 9th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference, 22.-24.06 2016, Bochum, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). Looking smart: Relating gaze patterns to test performance. Talk on the 4th Joint Statistical Meeting of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik "Statistics under one Umbrella“, 14.-18.03 2016, Göttingen, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). Diagnostik von räumlichem Denken unter Verwendung von Eye Tracking und Pupillometrie. Talk on the GöMaEr et al. Treffen, 15.-16.02.2016, Weimar, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F., Habermann, N., Spinath, F.M., Deegener, G., & Becker, N. (2015). Differentiation between child abusers and rapists by justification tendencies and attitude towards therapy. Talk on the 25th International Conference on Psychology & Law (EAPL). 04.-07.08.2015, Nuremberg, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2015). Analyse und Diagnostik räumlichen Denkens mittels Eye Tracking und Pupillometrie. Talk on the 57th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP 2015). 08.-11.03.2015, Hildesheim, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2015). Eye Tracker geeignetes Stimulusmaterial: Diagnostik von räumlichem Denken. Talk on the GöMaEr et al. Treffen, 26.-27.02.2015, Oldenburg, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2014). Überlegungen zur Validität von Blickbewegung- und Pupillometriemaßen für die Diagnostik räumlicher Fähigkeiten. Talk on the GöMaEr et al.-Treffen, 20.-21.02.2014, Mannheim, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2013). Do Eye Tracking and Pupilometry Reveal New Insights in the Construct of Spatial Thinking? Talk on the 4th GESS Research Day. 22.11.2013, Mannheim, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F., Becker, N., Deegener, G., und Spinath, F. (2010). Improvement of sexual offender’s classification in the context of the new Multiphasic Sex Inventory’s standardization with a German sample. Talk on the 20th Konferenz der European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL),, Göteborg, Schweden.


Briesemeister, S., Heer, A., Heining, T.E., Jansen, C.E., Neißner, M., Scatorchia, R., Thomsen, T.F., Habermann, N.,  & Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2017). Sexualstraftäter im Visier. Poster on the 17th Tagung der Fachgruppe Rechtspsychologie, 21.-23. September, Jena, Germany.

Klingauf, A., & Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2017). Automatic identification of mental processes in the context of spatial thinking. Poster on the 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, 20.-24. August, Wuppertal, Germany.

Lörch, L., Fehringer, B.C.O.F., & Münzer, S. (2017). Reading music. How tonality and notation influence music reading experts' eye movements and information processing. Talk on the 19th European Conference on Eye Movements, 20.-24. August, Wuppertal, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). Relating gaze patterns and pupil dilation to test performance and cognitive processes. Poster on the 50th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), 18.-22. September, Leibzig, Germany.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F. (2016). Diagnosis of spatial thinking using eye tracking and pupilometry. Poster on the 9th International Symposium of Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA 2016), 14.-18.03.2016, Charleston, SC, USA.

Fehringer, B.C.O.F., Becker, N., Deegener, G., und Spinath, F. (2009). Verbesserung der klassifikatorischen Güte der Diagnostik von Sexualstraftätern im Rahmen der Neunormierung des Multiphasic Sex Inventory (MSI). Poster at the 13th Fachgruppentagung Rechtspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGP),, Gießen.