Dr. Johanna Disselhoff
During her studies, Dr. Disselhoff became interested in the relationship between media and psychology and the idea that media cannot only influence people (like in advertising or data selection), but it can also be used to enhance learning and application of learning in reality. She started her dissertation on virtual training in 2010 at the knowledge media research centre in Tübingen, Germany.
In cooperation with a German federal state police and the software company TriCAT, she developed efficient virtual training scenarios to prepare officers for dangerous, complex collaborative operations. In her work, she concentrated on the psychological processes during virtual training and the possibilities to enhance learning. The research results have been published in 2013 - 2015 and prove the idea, that virtual training improves transfer of learning to reality. The data shows that the virtually trained officers react as well as officers trained in reality. And the virtual training group even was more stress resistant.
Since 2016 Dr. Johanna Disselhoff works as a freelance consultant and uses her expertise to improve training and learning in digital contexts. She also provides advice on digitalisation and crisis communication and teaches media- and communicational psychology at several academic institutions.