Institute for Photopsychology

Goals are: 

  1. To inform about existing insights of photopsychology and interpret them for practical applications
  2. To make additional findings from psychology usable for photography
  3. To generate new insights for photopsychology through empirical research
The Institute for Photopsychology is a private research initiative founded in December 2022. Currently in the process of bering established, it is bering driven by a strong force, with significant academic psychology-related support in terms of topics and research.

Research Report: 

Feigl. J. (2023). Artificial Intelligence and Photography: A Psychological Analysis (Preprint)

Feigl. J. (2023). Inventory of Photopsychology and Engaged Photography (Preprint)

Current research projects: 

2024: Psychological perspectives on artistic photography, aesthetics, and beauty

2024: The influence of photography guided tours on the memory and evaluation of photographs

2024: Recollection of photographs; utilization and archiving of photographs


Dr. Joachim Feigl

  • Education in Psychology (Diploma in Psychology, Univ.) and Social Work (Diploma in Social Pedagogy). 
  • PhD studies in Business Psychology and Adult Education, resulting in a Doctor of Philosophy degree. 
  • Training in ‚Systemic Coaching and Team Development‘ at the Institute for Systemic Counseling in Wiesloch.
  • Many years of teaching assignments at universities. 
  • Management of a team of market and customer researchers in the automotive industry. 
  • Convened to the German Society for Photography (DGPh) in 2024
  • Photographic projects with book publications and exhibitions both domestically and internationally: http://www.jfeigl.de.
Photo: © Torsten Dodillet

Thematic contributions for podcast episodes:

  • Prof. Dr. Sven Barnow: Mindfulness (not yet published)
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Keller: Flow (Podcast FPL31)
  • Prof. Dr. Timo Lorenz: Happiness (FPL30) 
  • Prof. Dr. Martina Zschocke: Travel Photography (Podcast FPL16)
  • Dr. Ronja Demel: Photography and the Big Five Personality Traits  (Podcast FPL14)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Glöckner: Intuition und Photograph (Podcast FPL12 and 13)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Breiner: Proportions/Golden Ratio in Psychology and Photography (Podcast FPL11)
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Franzen: Unconscious and Archetypes in Photography (Podcast FPL8 and 9)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Funke: Creativity in Psychology and Photography (Podcast FPL7)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Breiner: Color Psychology and Photography (Podcast FPL5)
  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Forsthofer: Intercultural Psychology and Photography (Podcast FPL3)
  • Dr. Ronja Demel: Personality and Portrait (Podcast FPL1)

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