Dragutin Ivanec, PhD



Born in 1965 in Kladare. Undergraduate degree in psychology received at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb in 1989. At the same faculty received master (1994) and Ph.D. degree (2002). Elected as associate professor in 2010. As a guest lecturer taught at several universities: Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, School of Safety Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy in Osijek, Department of Psychology University of Zadar. He was a mentor of 70 graduate thesis and 5 doctoral dissertations. He was a main researcher of a national scientific research project. He participated at the fifty international and national scientific and professional meetings. Until now published thirty scientific papers, contributions in four books in the field of health psychology and two professional studies. He is a co-author of the Statistics textbook which has been awarded with a Zoran Bujas prize as particularly valuable book of the year (2012). Since 1990 until the 2003 was secretary of the journal Review of Psychology, and was a guest editor in two volumes of this journal dedicated to the contextual effects in psychology. He was a teacher at the international summer school.

Scientific research interests are linked to areas of sensory and cognitive psychology (the effect of stimulus context on sensation, perception and reaction time; the influence of small amounts of alcohol on perceptual and cognitive functioning). The major area of interest is the role of psychological factors in the modulation of pain perception, especially the role of attention and expectations.

Selected publications

Ivanec, D., Babić, D., & Komljenović, M. (2003). Painful and non-painful stimuli range as a base of context effect. Review of Psychology, 10(1), 23-30.

Ivanec, D. (2004). Psihološki čimbenici akutne boli [Psychological factors of acute pain sensation]. Suvremena psihologija, 7(2), 271-309.

Ivanec, D., Pavin,T., i Kotzmut, A. (2006). Possibilities of attentional control of pain: Influence of distractive Stroop task on pain threshold and pain tolerance. Reveiw of Psychology, 13, 87-94.

Modić Stanke, K., i Ivanec, D. (2008). Ovisnost doživljaja boli o socijalnom kontekstu [The dependence of pain experience on the social context]. Suvremena psihologija, 11, 25-39.

Ivanec, D., Miljak, T., i Faber, R. (2010). Percepcija boli u uvjetima različite razine distrakcije [Pain Perception in Different Levels of Distraction]. Društvena istraživanja, 19 (6), 1093-1114.

Jokic-Begic N.,  Ivanec, D.  i  Markanović, D. (2009). Effects of Cognitive Pain-coping Strategies and Locus of Control on Perception of Cold Pressor Pain in Healthy Individuals: Experimental Study. Acute Pain, 11, 113-120.

Modić Stanke, K., Ivanec, D., Ružić, V., Petrak, O., & Lučanin, D. (2010).The role of experience in the assessment of pain in others. Review of Psychology, 17(2), 119-123.

Modić Stanke, K., & Ivanec, D. (2010). Social context of pain perception: the role of other people’s presence and physical distance, Review of Psychology, 17(1), 69-74.

Ivanec, D., Švagelj, A., i Rebić, V. (2009). Utjecaj različitih razina alkohola u krvi na uradak u psihomotornim zadacima [The impact of different levels of blood alcohol concentration on psychomotor tasks]. Suvremena psihologija, 12, 81-98.

Pavuna, A., & Ivanec, D. (2012). Utjecaj alkohola na učinak u zadatku sljepoće zbog nepažnje u simuliranoj situaciji vožnje automobila [The effect of alcohol on performance in the task of inattentional blindness in a simulated driving situation]. Psihologijske teme, 21(1), 121-138.

Petz, B., Kolesarić, V., i Ivanec, D. (2012). Petzova statistika. Osnovne statističke metode za nematematičare. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap.


Undergraduate study programme in psychology

Graduate study programme in psychology

Postgraduate doctoral study programme

  • Complex research design and data analysis

Graduate study programme in phonetics

  • Statistics

Dragutin Ivanec, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Room: C-313, Tel. 4092-196

As an associate of the Center for Applied Psychology participates in the development of instruments for measuring cognitive abilities.