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Prof. Dr. Frank Rösler

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Textbook: Rösler, F. (2011). Psychophysiologie der Kognition – Eine Einführung in die kognitive Neurowissenschaft. Heidelberg: Springer



Lectures and seminars taught since 1972

Curriculum vitae


Diploma in Psychology at the University of Hamburg, Germany


Dr. phil. at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany;

Title of Dissertation: Selektive Aufmerksamkeitsprozesse und visuell evozierte Potentiale bei der Beurteilung von Reizähnlichkeiten (Selective attention and visual evoked potentials during similarity judgements);

Major: Psychology, Minors: Physiology, Education


Habilitation in Psychology at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany; Title of thesis: Hirnelektrische Korrelate Kognitiver Prozesse (Brain electrical correlates of cognitive processes)


Research Assistant, Institute of Psychology, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany


substítute professorship, Institute of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany.


Professor for Experimental and Biological Psychology, Dep. of Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.


Seniorprofessor for Experimental Psychology, University of Potsdam


Seniorprofessor Dep. of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Section: Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology (BPN)

Rejected job offers

§         1988: Full Professor of Psychology, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

  • 1988: Full Professor of Psychology, Technical University, Aachen, Germany
  • 1995: Full Professor of Experimental Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • 1997: Full Professor of Neurobiology, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 2000: Full Professor of Experimental Psychology, University Mannheim, Germany


Research visits

  • 1980: Univ. of California, San Diego; Stanford Univ., Stanford; Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Univ. of Ottawa, Ottawa;
  • 1984: Macquarie University, Sydney; Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney; Univ. of Adelaide, Adelaide; Univ. of Queensland, St. Lucia;
  • 1985: University of Queensland, St. Lucia (Brisbane), Australien
  • 1991: Max-Planck-Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2006/2007 Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
  • 2008/2009 Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), Delmenhorst

Science administration

2011-   Member of the executive board of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Secretary of Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences)

Current research projects

2005-2010: DFG Research group Perception and action (DFG FG 560)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Karl Gegenfurtner (Justus-Liebig University, Giessen), Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer (Neurophysics, Philipps-University Marburg)

Perception and action when forming, storing, and using somatosensory spatial representations  (Project C4 in colab. with Dr. Katja Fiehler, Philipps-University Marburg)

Goal of the project is to study how spatial representations are formed on the basis of haptic explorations and how these representations are later used for movement control. Among others, it is asked whether there always exists a direct link between somatosensory information processing and motor control for goal direct movements or whether this link depends on the temporal gap between perception and action (direct vs. memory based action). Moreover, it is asked whether all types of input information are transformed onto modality independent spatial representational maps before they become relevant for action. These questions are studied with behavioural experiments in which also biological measures as EEG and the hemodynamic response are recorded. Finally the project will be extended towards the question of cortical plasticity in congenitally and adventitiously blind people. It is hypothesized that the neural networks for spatial representations are not linked to specific cortex areas but that they can shift with changed input conditions.


2009 – 2011: (DFG KH 235 1-1)

Neural dynamics underlying the amplification, inhibition, and integration of material-specific long-term memory representations (Normalverfahren, zus. mit Dr. Patrick Khader (Department of Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg):

Psychobiological research dealing with storage and retrieval of long-term memory representations have primarily focused on brain structures where information is consolidated and reactivated (bottleneck structures within the medial temporal lobe, storage structures within parietal and inferior temporal cortex), but they have paid less attention to processes that suppress interfering, amplify relevant, integrate partial information, and finally evaluate the result of retrieval with respect to a recognition decision or a reproduction response. In our working hypothesis, we assume that these processes bear strong similarities to attention processes described for sensation and perception, and to other executive functions that serve to solve conflict and interference between competing stimuli or responses. Accordingly, we want to investigate how selective attenuation, amplification and integration of engrams during memory retrieval become manifest in biological signals, which brain structures are involved and how these interact. To this end, we will record EEG and functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) responses and we will relate the results of both signal domains. The localization of generators of EEG amplitude and frequency changes will be determined by means of fMRI-restricted source analyses. Wavelet and coherence analyses will be used to describe the temporal dynamics of these changes, in particular, the interaction between functionally distinct cortical areas.



2010 – 2013: DFG Research group Computational Modeling of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Neural Dynamics (DFG FOR 868)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ralf Engbert, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Kliegl (Universität Potsdam, Department für Psychologie)

Fixation triggered ERPs and anaphoric resolution (Teilprojekt A4 zus. mit Prof. Dr. Shravan Vasishth (Linguistics, University of Potsdam).

It is well-established that the process of integrating an anaphor with its antecedent begins immediately after the anaphor is processed, and minimally involves completing the dependency between the antecedent and the anaphor. Although several constraints (such as context, locality, interference and anticipation effects) are known to affect anaphor resolution, the claims in the literature sometimes diverge depending on the method used. For example, Xiang, Dillon, & Phillips (2009) found no interference effects in reflexives in an ERP study, but in an eyetracking study Sturt (2003) did find such effects. Missing in the literature is a systematic investigation of the constraints on anaphor resolution that unifies the findings from ERP and eyetracking research. In the present project, we close this gap by using both the ERP and eyetracking methods simultaneously to investigate the processing of different types of anaphors (e.g., pronouns, reflexives, elliptical constructions).

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