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Ernst Pöppel

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pöppel

Associate member MCN


Head of Research Group Systems Neuroscience and Cognitive Research


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Institute of Medical Psychology
Goethestrasse 31/ I
D-80336 Munich

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-75635


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Research focus:    

Neuroplasticity - Description of residual vision (“blindsight”); Restitution of function after brain injury; Plasticity and rigidity of neural representations

Time and Timing - Experimental description of the “subjective present”; Experimental description of “system states” of the human brain; Development of a hierarchical model of temporal perception

Neuro-Anaesthesiology - Development of a new method to monitor the depth of anaesthesia

Chronobiology - Circadian rhythms in humans; desynchronization of functions; 24-hour-rhythm of physiological and psychological functions

Theory - Development of a taxonomy (classification) of cognitive functions; Description of modes of knowledge and their unifying principles

Learning and Knowledge Creation - Development of a model of goal directed learning; “learning by consequences”

Statistics Development of a mathematical algorithm for the analysis time series

Gerontology - Analysis of mental functions in the aging brain; Man-machine interface (human adequate technologies) for the “generation plus”

Neuro-Economics - Development of a benchmark for brand representation in the human brain

Neuro-Esthetics - Biological aspects of the  arts; Neuroscientific foundation of esthetics

Selected publications:

Pöppel E. (2009) Pre-semantically defined temporal windows for cognitive processing. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364: 1887-1896.

Pöppel E. (2008) Zum Entscheiden geboren. Hirnforschung für Manager. (Born to decide. Brain science for manager). Hanser-Verlag, München.

Bao Y and Pöppel E. (2007) Two spatially separated attention systems in the visual field: evidence from inhibition of return. Cognitive Processing 8: 37-44.

Ilg R, Vogeley K, Goschke T, Bolte A, Shah J, Pöppel E and Fink G. (2007). Neuronal processes underlying intuitive coherence judgements as revealed by fMRI on a semantic judgment task. NeuroImage 38: 228-238.

Miyake Y, Onishi Y and Pöppel E. (2007). Two types of anticipatory-timing mechanisms in synchronization tapping. In: N. Osaka,  I. Rentschler,  I. Biederman (Eds.): Object Recognition, Attention, and Action. Springer Verlag, 231-244.