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Dr. Dirk Koester - Publications


  • Schütz, C., Güldenpenning, I., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (forthcoming). Social cues can impact complex behavior unconsciously. Scientific Reports. full text:

  • Gromeier, M., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2017). Developmental gender-specific differences in motor skills of the overarm throw of handball. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 212.

  • Koester, D. & Schack, T. (2016). Action priority: Early neurophysiological interaction of conceptual and motor representations. PLOS ONE, 11(12), e0165882. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165882

  • Koester, D., Schack, T. & Westerholz, J. (2016). Neurophysiology of grasping actions: Evidence from ERPs. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1996. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01996

  • Koester, D., Schack, T. & Güldenpenning, I. (2016). Motor expertise facilitates the cognitive evaluation of body postures: An ERP study. In: Barkowsky, T., Llansola, Z.F., Schultheis, H., & van de Ven, J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th biannual conference of the German cognitive science society. (pp. 59-62). Berlin: Springer. URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00105521-19

  • Cheng, M.-Y., Huang, C.-J., Chang, Y.-K., Koester, D., Schack, T. & Hung, T.-M. (2015). Sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback enhances golf putting performance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 37, pp. 626-636. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0166

  • Westerholz, J., Schack, T., Schütz, C. & Koester, D. (2014). Habitual vs non-habitual manual actions: An ERP study on overt movement execution. PLOS ONE 9(4) e93116.

  • Schack, T., Essig, K. Frank, C. & Koester, D. (2014). Mental representation and motor imagery training. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 328.

  • Bläsing, B., Güldenpenning, I., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2014). Expertise affects representation structure and categorical activation of grasp postures in climbing. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1008.

  • Westerholz, J., Schack, T., & Koester, D. (2014). Event-Related Brain Potentials for self-regulated and instructed execution of manual action. Neuroscience letters, 575 pp. 85-90. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.05.022

  • Koester, D. (2014). Prosody in parsing morphologically complex words: Neurophysiological evidence. Cognitive Neuropsychology 31, pp. 147-163. doi: 10.1080/02643294.2013.857649

  • Spiegel, M. A., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2014). Movement planning and attentional control of visuospatial working memory: evidence from a grasp-to-place task. Psychological Research 78, pp. 494-505. doi: 10.1007/s00426-013-0499-3

  • Spiegel, M. A., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2013). The Functional Role of Working Memory in the (Re-)Planning and Execution of Grasping Movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, pp. 1326-1339. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0031398

  • Güldenpenning, I., Steinke, A., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2013). Athletes and novices are differently capable to recognize feint and non-feint actions. Experimental Brain Research 230, pp. 333-343. doi: 10.1007/s00221-013-3658-2

  • Christoffels, I., Ganushchak, L. & Koester, D. (2013). Language conflict in translation: An ERP study of translation production. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25, pp. 646-664. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2013.821127

  • Westerholz, J., Schack, T. & Koester, D. (2013). Event-Related Brain Potentials for Goal-Related Power Grips. PLOS ONE, 8, (e68501).

  • Koester, D. (2012). Future morphology? Summary of visual word identification effects draws attention to necessary efforts in understanding morphological processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, (395).

  • Spiegel, M. A., Koester, D., Weigelt, M. & Schack, T. (2012). The costs of changing an intended action: Movement planning, but not execution, interferes with verbal working memory. Neuroscience Letters, 509, pp. 82-86.

  • Güldenpenning, I., Koester, D., Kunde, W., Weigelt, M. & Schack, T. (2011). Motor expertise modulates the unconscious processing of human body postures. Exp Brain Res, 213, pp. 383-391.

  • Lemhöfer, K., Koester, D. & Schreuder, R. (2011). When 'bicycle pump' is harder to read than 'bicycle bell': Effects of parsing cues in first and second language compound reading. Psychon Bull Rev, 18, pp, 364-370.

  • Koester, D. & Schiller, N. O. (2011). The functional neuroanatomy of morphology in language production. NeuroImage, 55, pp. 732-741.

  • Koester, D. & Schack, T. (2010). Greifen ohne zuzugreifen: Mentales Erlernen einer unmöglichen Bewegung. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 17 (4), pp. 162-163.

  • Koester, D. (2010). The Neural Basis of Compound Word Processing: Evidence from ERPs and fMRI. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 6, pp. 22-23.

  • Holle, H.,  Gunter, Th. C. & Koester, D. (2010). The time course of lexical access in morphologically complex words. NeuroReport, 21 (5), pp. 319-323.

  • Schiller, N. O., Horemans, I., Ganushchak, L & Koester, D. (2009). Event-related brain potentials during the monitoring of speech errors. NeuroImage, 44, pp. 520-530.

  • Koester, D., Holle, H. & Gunter, Th. C. (2009). Electrophysiological evidence for incremental lexical-semantic integration in auditory compound comprehension. Neuropsychologia, 47, pp. 1854-1864.

  • Bahlmann, J., Schubotz, R. I., Mueller, J. L., Koester, D. & Friederici, A. D. (2009). Neural circuits of hierarchical visuo-spatial sequence processing. Brain Research, 1298, pp. 161-170.

  • Schirmer, A., Escoffier, N., Zysset, S., Koester, D., Striano, T. & Friederici, A. D. (2008). When vocal processing gets emotional: On the role of social orientation in relevance detection by the human amygdala. NeuroImage, 40, pp. 1402-1410.

  • Koester, D. & Schiller, N. O. (2008). Morphological priming in overt language production: Electrophysiological evidence from Dutch. NeuroImage, 42, pp. 1622-1630.

  • Koester, D. & Prinz, W. (2007). Capturing regularities in event sequences: Evidence for two mechanisms. Brain Research, 1180, pp. 59-77.

  • Koester, D., Gunter, Th. C. & Wagner, S. (2007). The morphosyntactic decomposition and semantic composition of German compound words investigated by ERPs. Brain and Language, 102, pp. 64-79.

  • Koester, D., Gunter, Th. C., Wagner, S. & Friederici, A. D. (2004). Morphosyntax, Prosody, and Linking Elements: The Auditory Processing of German Nominal Compounds. Journal of Cognitive Neoroscience, 16 (9), pp. 1647-1668.



  • Koester, D. (2016). Hierarchy, Sequence, Function: A contribution to the architecture of the human neurocognitive system. Bielefeld: Bielefeld University, Faculty for Psychology and Sport Science. URN (full text): urn:nbn:de:hbz:361-29074082

  • Koester, D. (2004). Morphology and spoken word comprehension: Electrophysiological investigations of internal compound structure. (MPI Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences 47.) Leipzig: Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften.


Book contribution
  • Koester, D. & Schack, T. (2014). Response. In: R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (eds.), Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Sage. doi: 10.4135/9781483332222.n231

  • Essig, K., Janelle, C., Borgo, F. & Koester, D. (2014). Attention and Neurocognition. In: A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (eds.), Fundamental concepts in sport and exercise psychology. International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). Taylor & Francis.

  • Schack, T., Bertollo, M., Koester, D. & Essig, K. (2014). Technological advancements in sport and exercise psychology. In: A. Papaioannou & D. Hackfort (eds.), Fundamental concepts in sport and exercise psychology. International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). Taylor & Francis.

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