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Psychology is my science; life is my subject.
I have spent many years working in research, scenting out meaning.

The first steps of my academic journey lead me to crossing the colorful worlds of synaesthesia.

Then, I sought to understand how humans and nature can be reconciled given the many resource conflicts arising in the cultural landscape. I have investigated how human-wildlife conflicts may be solved and what may pave the way for human-wildlife coexistence.

Some queries arising in encounters of humans and other-than-human beings lead to where psychology melts into philosophy. I also have touched at these horizons.

Academic authority grounds in the validity of methods and clarity of language that feed into peer-reviewed publications.
These are the insights I thus derived from my expedition.

Humans and Wildlife in the Cultural Landscape

  • In my doctoral project, I have shown that encounters with wild animals raise deep questions about the human condition. So, it comes as no surprise, that conflicts, e.g., about wolves, stirr up intense emotiononal reactions! My project was awarded the Research Award of the German Wildlife Fund ("Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung").
  • Jürgens, U.M. (2023). Umdenken statt Umbringen: Warum wir das Zusammenleben mit Wildtieren üben sollten. Carte Blanche der SCNAT, April 2023.

  • Jürgens, U.M., Grinko, M., Szameitat, A., Hieber, L., Fischbach, R. & Hunziker, M. (2023).Managing Wolves is managing Narratives: Views of Wolves and Nature Shape People’s Proposals for Navigating Human-Wolf Relations. Human Ecology. 51, 35–57.

  • Jürgens, U.M., Hackett, P.M., Hunziker, M. & Patt, A. (2022). Wolves, Crows, Spiders, and People: A Qualitative Study Yielding a Three-Layer Framework for Understanding Human–Wildlife Relations. Diversity. 14(8): 591.

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2022)."I am Wolf, I rule!"- Attributing Intentions to Animals in Human-Wildlife Interactions. Frontiers in Conservation Science. 3: 803074.

  • Jürgens, U.M. & Hackett, P. (2021). Wolves, Crows, and Spiders: An eclectic Literature Review inspires a Model explaining Humans’ similar Reactions to ecologically different Wildlife. Frontiers in Environmental Science, section Conservation and Restoration Ecology.

  • Jürgens, U.M. & Hackett, P. (2017). The Big Bad Wolf: The Formation of a Stereotype. Ecopsychology, 9(1), 33-34.

Man and Animal in the plains of a Philosophy of Mind

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2018). Human and nonhuman Animals: Equals in Uniqueness. Animal Sentience2018.23(2).

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2017). How human-animal Relations are realized: From Respective Realities to Merging Minds. Ethics & the Environment, 22(2), 25-58. [This essay was published 2017 by Indiana University Press in Ethics & the Environment, 22(2), pages 25-58. No part of it may be reproduced,stored in a retrievalsystem,transmitted,or distributed in any form,by any means,electronic,mechanical,photographic,or otherwise,without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For education reuse,please contact the Copyright Clearance Center. For all other permissions,contact IU Press here].

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2016). Menschen, Tiere: Individuen jenseits der Projektionen. Gasteditorial. TIERethik, 8. Jahrgang 2016(2). 7-12.

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2016). Universal Modes of Awareness? A „pre-reflective“ Premise. Animal Sentience2016.116.

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2016). An Animal - Many Persons? Animal Personhood in face of the Modularity of Mind. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 4(9)19-26.

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2016). Begegnungen - Wie treten wir mit Tieren in Beziehung? Tierärztliche Umschau. 6/ 2016. 224-229. (manuscript upon request)

  • Jürgens, U.M. (2014). Compassionate Coexistence: Personizing the Land in Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic. Journal of Evolution and Technology, 24(2), Special Issue “Personhood Beyond the Human”.

Perceptual Worlds of Synaesthesia

  • Jürgens, U.M. & Nikolic, D. (2014). Synaesthesia as an Ideasthesia – cognitive implications. In: Synesthesia – Learning and Creativity. Edited by J. Sinha. Synaisthesis: Luxembourg.

  • Rothen, N., Nikolic, D., Jürgens, U.M., Mroczko-Wasowicz, A., Cock, J. & Meier, B.(2013). Psychophysiological evidence for the genuineness of swimming-style-colour synaesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (1), 35-46.

  • Jürgens, U.M. & Nikolic, D. (2012). Ideasthesia: Conceptual processes assign similar colours to similar shapes. Translational Neurscience, 3(1), 22-27.

  • Nikolic, D., Jürgens, U.M., Rothen, N., Meier, B. & Morczko, A. (2011) Swimming-style synesthesia. Cortex, 47(7):874-879.

  • Nikolic, D. & Jürgens, U.M. (2011) Sinfonie in Rot. Gehirn & Geist, 6/2011: 58-63.

It is my pleasure to write or speak about these realms.







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