Björn Fabrice Nicolay

Björn Fabrice Nicolay
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Björn Nicolay, M.Sc., member of the CBA research group.

Professional Summary

Björn Nicolay works as a Doctoral Researcher in the research group Computer-Based Assessment at the University of Luxembourg. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the University of Chester (UK) in 2015, before pursuing his Master degree in Psychology at the University of Luxembourg, which he finished in 2017. Björn Nicolay has started working for CBA in spring 2017 as a research assistant. In the context of his PhD, he currently investigates the ways how students work on complex problems, and how training programs can be developed that foster complex problem solving skills in educational settings. He has taught several courses on B.Sc. and M.Sc. level and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Next to complex problem solving, his research interests primarily include the topics Forensic Psychology, Motivation, and Personality. 

Personal Statement

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29, 11

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Last updated on: Montag, den 07. Dezember 2020

Research Interests

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Educational Psychology
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Personality


  • The Training of Complex Problem Solving (TRIOPS): The TRIOPS project provides a framework and first software for the training of Complex Problem Solving (CPS), which adapts features from already existing training approaches of neighbouring fields of CPS but also entails new features unique to CPS. The focus of the training framework is on both specific cognitive and metacognitive processes, which are fostered by targeted interventions while also taking differences in student’s proficiency levels into account.

Last updated on: 04 Nov 2020

Nicolay, B., Krieger, F., Lagou, C., & Greiff, S. (2019). Uncovering The Key Elements of Success and Failure in Complex Problem Solving: A Log-file Analysis. Poster presented at the 18th Biennial EARLI Conference in Aachen, Germany, 12.08-16.08.2019.

Nicolay, B., Krieger, F., Lagou, C., Johnson, A., & Greiff, S. (2018). Using Log-File Data to Uncover Strategy Use in Complex Problem Solving. In F. Goldhammer & U. Kröhne (Eds.), What can we infer from process data to enhance assessment and support learning? Symposium presented at the 51st Congress of the German Psychological Association in Frankfurt, Germany, 15.09.-20.09.2018.


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Last updated on: 17 Nov 2020