Forschung & Publikationen


  • Visuelle Wahrnehmung von Natur und ihren Eigenschaften
  • Einfluss von Natur(-bildern) auf das Wohlbefinden
  • ästhetische Wahrnehmung von natürlichen Bildern, Kunst und Gesichtern
  • Naturverbundenheit
  • Wahrnehmung, Einstellungen und Verhalten in Natur- und Umweltkontext (v.a. Plastik)
  • Personenwahrnehmung (v.a. Attraktivität)






Menzel, C., Brom, J., & Heidbreder, L. M. (2021, May 3). Love-Hate Relationship with Plastic? Explicitly and Implicitly Measured Valence and Risk Attitudes Towards Plastic Packaging, Plastic Waste, and Microplastic. [Preprint]. PsyArXiv.

Menzel, C., & Reese, G. (2021). Seeing nature from low to high levels: Mechanisms underlying the restorative effects of viewing nature images. [Preprint]. PsyArXiv.

Reese, G., Stahlberg, J., & Menzel, C. (2021). Digital shinrin-yoku: Do nature experiences in virtual reality reduce stress and increase well-being as strongly as similar experiences in a physical forest? [Preprint]. PsyArXiv.

Menzel, C., Kovács, G., Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., & Redies, C. (in press). Is artistic composition in abstract art detected automatically? In A. Chatterjee & E. Cardillo (Eds.), Neuroaesthetics in Focus. Oxford University Press.

Menzel, C., & Reese, G. (2021). Implicit associations with nature and urban environments: Effects of lower-level processed image properties. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.

Reese, G., Kohler, E., & Menzel, C. (2021). Restore or Get Restored: The Effect of Control on Stress Reduction and Restoration in Virtual Nature Settings. Sustainability, 13(4), 1995.

Menzel, C., Dennenmoser, F., & Reese, G. (2020). Feeling Stressed and Ugly? Leave the City and Visit Nature! An Experiment on Self-and Other-Perceived Stress and Attractiveness Levels. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22), 8519.

Reese, G., Hamann, K. R. S., Heidbreder, L. M., Loy, L., Menzel, C., Neubert, S., Tröger, J., & Wullenkord, M. C. (2020). SARS-Cov-2 and environmental protection: A collective psychology agenda for environmental psychology research. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101444.

Menzel, C., & Heidbreder, L. M. (2020). 360° Plastik in Sicht! Wie kann uns eine Kurskorrektur beim Plastikkonsum gelingen? In-Mind, 2020(2).

Reese, G., & Menzel, C. (2020). Klimawandel und psychische Gesundheit – Handeln, nicht hadern! Public Health Forum, 28(1), 68–71.

Heidbreder, L. M., Bablok, I., Drews, S., & Menzel, C. (2019). Tackling the plastic problem: A review on perceptions, behaviors, and interventions. Science of The Total Environment, 668, 1077–1093.

Schwabe, K., Menzel, C., Mullin, C., Wagemans, J., & Redies, C. (2018). Gist Perception of Image Composition in Abstract Artworks. i-Perception, 9(3).

Reese, G., Hamann, K. R. S., Menzel, C., & Drews, S. (2018). Soziale Identität und nachhaltiges Verhalten. In C. T. Schmitt & E. Bamberg (Eds.), Psychologie und Nachhaltigkeit: Konzeptionelle Grundlagen, Anwendungsbeispiele und Zukunftsperspektiven (1st ed., pp. 47–54). Wiesbaden: Springer.

Menzel, C., Redies, C., & Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U. (2018). Low-level image properties in facial expressions. Acta Psychologica, 188, 74–83.

Menzel, C., Kovács, G., Amado, C., Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., & Redies, C. (2018). Visual mismatch negativity indicates automatic, task-independent detection of artistic image composition in abstract artworks. Biological Psychology, 136, 76–86.

Menzel, C., Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., Redies, C., Németh, K., & Kovács, G. (2017). When noise is beneficial for sensory encoding: Noise adaptation can improve face processing. Brain and Cognition, 117, 73–83.

Menzel, C., Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., Langner, O., Wiese, H., & Redies, C. (2015). Fourier power spectrum characteristics of face photographs: Attractiveness perception depends on low-level image properties. Plos One, 10(4), e0122801.

Menzel, C., Fowler, A., Tennie, C., & Call, J. (2013). Leaf Surface Roughness Elicits Leaf Swallowing Behavior in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Bonobos (P. paniscus), but not in Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) or Orangutans (Pongo abelii). International Journal of Primatology, 34(3), 533–553.


Ausgewählte Konferenzbeiträge


Menzel, Schreiner, Reese. “Preference and restoration effects of nature and urban images: The roles of image properties and spatial information”, September 2019, International Conference of Environmental Psychology (ICEP), Plymouth, UK, and June 2019, Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference Meeting, Liverpool, UK.

Menzel (eingeladen). „Umweltpsychologische Aspekte: Was bewegt Menschen zu umwelt- und naturschützendem Handeln?“ [„Approaches by Environmental Psychology: What predicts pro-environmental and nature conservation behaviour?“], October 2019, Herbsttagung der POLLICHIA und der Pfälzischen Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften: „Naturschutz – wie wird er wahrgenommen, wie soll er wahrgenommen werden?“, Bad Dürkheim, Germany.

Menzel (eingeladen). „How much ‘nature’ is in the image? The role of lower-level processed image properties on the processing and evaluation of faces, artworks, and environments”, August 2019, Institute for Computer Graphics, TU Braunschweig, Germany.

Menzel, Schwabe, Amado, Hayn-Leichsenring, Mullin, Wagemans, Kovács, Redies. “Artistic composition in abstract images can be detected fast and automatically”, The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), August 2018, Trieste, Italy.

Menzel, Reese. “The role of visual processing on the restorative effects of nature (images)”. 25th International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference, July 2018, Rome, Italy.

Menzel, Hayn-Leichsenring, Redies, Németh, Kovács. "Noise can be good: Noise adaptation affects the neural correlates of face processing", 11. Person Perception Research Unit Workshop "Human Communication: From Person Perception to Social Action", April 2015, Jena, Deutschland.

Menzel, Hayn-Leichsenring, Langner, Redies. "Calculating beauty? The higher-order image statistics of faces", 56. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, April 2014, Gießen, Deutschland.

Menzel, Fowler, Tennie, Call. "Leaf swallowing behavior in captive great apes: Rough surfaced leaves elicit leaf swallowing in naïve chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (P. paniscus)", IX. Göttinger Freilandtage "The Health-Sociality-Fitness Link", Dezember 2013, Göttingen, Deutschland.

Menzel & Hayn-Leichsenring. "'Beauty = -2 ?' The Higher-Order Image Statistics of Facial Attractiveness and Age", 8. Person Perception Research Unit Workshop "Foundations of Person Perception: Trends in Cognition and Neuroscience", Oktober 2013, Jena, Deutschland.



Menzel, Redies, Hayn-Leichsenring. "Perceived emotional valence of faces is affected by the spectral slope but not the brightness of the image", 39. European Conference on Visual Perception, August 2016, Barcelona, Spanien.

Menzel, Hayn-Leichsenring, Redies, Kovács. "Noise can be good: Visual adaptation to noise with different Fourier power spectrum characteristics affects the electrophysiological correlates of face processing", 15. Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Mai 2015, St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

Menzel, Langner, Redies, Hayn-Leichsenring. "Happy is complex and neutral is bright: Statistical image properties of face photographs showing different emotions", 37. European Conference on Visual Perception, August 2014, Belgrad, Serbien.

Menzel, Hayn-Leichsenring, Langner, Redies. "Adjust the ratio of fine detail and coarse structure until you like the image!", 9. Person Perception Research Unit Workshop "From cortical areas to social functions", April 2014, Jena, Deutschland.

Menzel, Redies, Langner, Hayn-Leichsenring. "Not only the face matters: Influence of random noise backgrounds with different statistical properties on face attractiveness", 36. European Conference on Visual Perception, August 2013, Bremen, Deutschland.

Menzel, Fowler, Tennie, Call. "Leaf swallowing behaviour in captive great apes", 2nd Transfer of Knowledge Conference of Comparative Cognition ", Mai 2011, Prag, Tschechien.



Ausgewählte Medienbeiträge

Interview im WDR 5 Quarks (Dezember 2020):

Interview im Deutschlandfunk Nova "Ab 21" (August 2020):