Niklas is a postdoctoral researcher in the Adolescent Well-Being in the Digital Age programme. In his work he studies the effects of digital technology on well-being and performance using experiments, experience sampling, and large-scale data sets.

He obtained his PhD in Behavioural Science from the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Here, he studied a similar topic, investigating whether and how permanent connectedness through smartphones affects cognitive control and well-being. He also studied the motivation behind smartphone use and tested behavioural trainings to reduce the appeal of smartphone apps.

Before his PhD, he obtained a MSc in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Media and Communication and German Literature from the University of Mannheim.

Research Interests

Technology, Well-Being, Performance, Meta-Science, Open Science


Current projects

  • Programme on Adolescent Well-Being in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski, Dr Matti Vuorre, Dr Niklas Johannes

    This programme addresses the assumptions that the overall mental well-being of young people is undergoing a pronounced period of decline and that digital technologies might be driving this trend.

Integrity Statement

I conduct my research in line with the University's academic integrity code of practice.