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Dennis Ruenger

Dennis Ruenger, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist

Degree: Ph.D., Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Phone: 323-463-1601
Fax: 323-463-0126

Research Interests

Dennis Ruenger received a doctorate summa cum laude in psychology from Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Germany, for his experimental research on the generation of conscious awareness in incidental learning situations. He then carried out postdoctoral research on the neurocognitive mechanisms of sequence learning at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and on habit learning and performance at the University of Southern California. Before he joined Friends Research Institute, Dennis explored the use of social networking technologies as a tool for HIV prevention at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

Wood, W., & Rünger, D. (2016). Psychology of habit. Annual Review of Psychology, 67, 289-314. doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-122414-033417

Rünger, D. (2012). How sequence learning creates explicit knowledge: The role of response-stimulus interval. Psychological Research, 76, 579-590. doi:10.1007/s00426-011-0367-y

Rünger, D., & Frensch, P. A. (2008). How incidental sequence learning creates reportable knowledge: The role of unexpected events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34, 1011-1026.