Professorship of Neuropsychology

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lutz Jäncke


This professorship is neuroscientific oriented and is based not only on neurophysiological and neuroanatomical principles but also on empirical findings. In this respect, the hypothesis-guided empirical work is an essential basis for work in the field of cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology.

The research and teaching of the connection between brain and behaviour is carried out at this professorship in a basic as well as application-oriented way. The subject of the basic orientation is the connection between the general psychic processes (thinking, learning, memory, language, perception, attention, psychomotor activity, emotion and motivation) and the underlying neurophysiological processes and neuroanatomical boundary conditions. This orientation, which is also commonly referred to as cognitive neuroscience, requires profound knowledge in the field of cognitive psychology, neuroanatomy and modern imaging techniques (functional magnetic resonance imaging: fMRI; structural magnetic resonance imaging: MRI; diffusion tensor imaging: DTI; electroencephalography: EEG, magnetoencephalography: MEG; transcranial magnetic stimulation: TMS; transcranial direct current stimulation: tDCS). This knowledge is imparted at this professorship and will be further complemented by the student's own research projects. The application-oriented focus is on clinical neuropsychology, which includes the neuropsychological syndrome theory as well as neuropsychological diagnostics and rehabilitation.

The professorship is neuroscientific oriented and deals with the connection between brain and behaviour.