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PD Dr. Sebastian Ocklenburg, M.Sc. Psychology

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: IB 6-113
Phone:+49 234 32 24323
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


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Curriculum Vitae

2015 PD status
2015 Interim professor, Biopsychology, University of Bochum, Germany
2014 Habilitation
Since 2013 Postdoc, Biopsychology, University of Bochum, Germany
2012 – 2013 Postdoc, Bergen fMRI Group, University of Bergen, Norway
2007 – 2011 PhD, Biopsychology, University of Bochum, Germany
2005 – 2007 M.Sc. Psychology
2005 B.Sc. Psychology



Methods and Research Interests

  • Hemispheric asymmetries in humans and other animals
  • Handedness
  • Cognitive genetics
  • Multisensory integration and body image
  • White matter structure and functional brain organization


Full Publication List



  • Ocklenburg, S., Anderson, C., Gerding, W. M., Fraenz, C., Schlüter, C., Friedrich, P., Raane, M., Mädler, B., Schlaffke, L., Arning, L., Epplen, J. T., Güntürkün, O., Beste, C., Genc, E. (2018). Myelin Water Fraction Imaging Reveals Hemispheric Asymmetries in Human White Matter That Are Associated with Genetic Variation in PLP1. Molecular Neurobiology. Sep 21. doi: 10.1007/s12035-018-1351-y.
  • Schmitz, J., Kumsta, R., Moser, D., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2017). DNA methylation in candidate genes for handedness predicts handedness direction. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-21.
  • Schmitz J, Kumsta R, Moser D, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. KIAA0319 promoter DNA methylation predicts dichotic listening performance in forced-attention conditions. Behavioural Brain Research. 2018 337: 1-7.
  • Voegler, R., Peterburs, J., Lemke, H., Ocklenburg, S., Liepelt, R., & Straube, T. (2018). Electrophysiological correlates of performance monitoring under social observation in patients with social anxiety disorder and healthy controls. Biological psychology, 132, 71-80.
  • Beste, C., Arning, L., Gerding, W. M., Epplen, J. T., Mertins, A., Röder, M. C., Bless, J. J., Hugdahl, K., Westerhausen, R., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2018). Cognitive control processes and functional cerebral asymmetries: association with variation in the handedness-associated gene LRRTM1. Molecular neurobiology, 55(3), 2268-2274.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Friedrich, P., Fraenz, C., Schlüter, C., Beste, C., Güntürkün, O., Genç, E. (2018). Neurite architecture of the planum temporale predicts neurophysiological processing of auditory speech. Science Advances. 11 Jul 2018. Vol. 4, no. 7. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar6830


  • Ocklenburg, S., Schmitz, J., Moinfar, Z., Moser, D., Klose, R., Lor, S., Kunz, G., Tegenthoff, M., Faustmann, P., Francks, C., Epplen, J. T., Kumsta, R., Güntürkün, O. (2017). Epigenetic regulation of lateralized fetal spinal gene expression underlies hemispheric asymmetries. eLife, 6. doi:10.7554/eLife.22784
  • Peterburs, J., Voegler, R., Liepelt, R., Schulze, A., Wilhelm, S., Ocklenburg, S., Straube, T. (2017). Processing of fair and unfair offers in the ultimatum game under social observation. Scientific Reports, 7. doi:10.1038/srep44062
  • Güntürkün, O. and Ocklenburg, S., Ontogenesis of Lateralization, Neuron, 2017, 94: 249-263.
  • Ocklenburg, S.; Barutçuoğlu, C.; Özgören, A.Ö.; Özgören, M.; Erdal, E.; Moser, D.; Schmitz, J.; Kumsta, R.; Güntürkün, O. The Genetics of Asymmetry: Whole Exome Sequencing in a Consanguineous Turkish Family with an Overrepresentation of Left-Handedness. Symmetry 2017, 9, 66.
  • Filippi, P., Ocklenburg, S., Bowling, D.L., Heege, L., Güntürkün, O., Newen, A. & de Boer, B. (2017) More than words (and faces): evidence for a Stroop effect of prosody in emotion word processing, Cognition and Emotion, 31:5, 879-891, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1177489.
  • Friedrich, P., Ocklenburg, S., Mochalski, L., Schlüter, C., Güntürkün, O., & Genc, E. (2017). Long-term reliability of the visual EEG Poffenberger paradigm. Behav Brain Res, 330, 85-91. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2017.05.019
  • Schmitz J, Lor S, Klose R, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. The Functional Genetics of Handedness and Language Lateralization: Insights from Gene Ontology, Pathway and Disease Association Analyses. Front. Psychol. 2017 8:1144. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01144
  • Schlaffke L, Leemans A, Schweizer LM., Ocklenburg S, Schmidt-Wilcke T. Learning Morse Code Alters Microstructural Properties in the Inferior Longitudinal Fasciculus: A DTI Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2017, 11: 383. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00383
  • Filippi P, Congdon JV, Hoang J, Bowling DL, Reber SA, Pasukonis A, Hoeschele M, Ocklenburg S, de Boer B, Sturdy CB, Newen A, Güntürkün O (2017). Humans recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates: evidence for acoustic universals. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20170990. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0990
  • Ocklenburg, S., Peterburs, J., Mertzen, J., Schmitz, J., Güntürkün, O., & Grimshaw, G. M. (2017). Effects of Emotional Valence on Hemispheric Asymmetries in Response Inhibition. Symmetry9(8), 145.
  • Filippi, P., Congdon, J. V., Hoang, J., Bowling, D. L., Reber, S. A., Pašukonis, A., Hoeschele, M., Ocklenburg, S., de Boer, B., Sturdy, C. B., Newen, A. and Güntürkün, O., Humans recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates: evidence for acoustic universals, Proc. R. Soc. B, 284: 20170990.


  • Schmitz, J., Lor, S., Klose, R., Ocklenburg, S., A commentary on Karlebach and Francks, (2015), Cortex, 2016, 75:260-261.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Korte, S.M., Peterburs, J., Wolf, O.T., Güntürkün, O., Stress and laterality - The comparative perspective, Physiology & Behavior, 2016, 164: 321-329.
  • Beste, C., Ocklenburg, S., von der Hagen, M., Di Donato, N., Mammalian cadherins DCHS1-FAT4 affect functional cerebral architecture, Brain Structure and Functioning, 2016, 221: 2487-2491.
  • Filippi, P., Ocklenburg, S., Bowling, D., Heege, L., Güntürkün, O., Newen, A., de Boer, B., More than words (and faces): Evidence for a Stroop effect of prosody in emotion word processing, Cognition and Emotion, 2016, May 3:1-13. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ocklenburg, S., Friedrich, P., Güntürkün, O., Genc, E., Intrahemispheric white matter asymmetries: the missing link between brain structure and functional lateralization?, Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2016, 27(5): 465-480.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Korte, S.M., Peterburs, J., Wolf, O.T., Güntürkün, O., Stress and laterality - the comparative perspective, Physiology & Behavior, 2016, 164(A): 321-329.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Ströckens, F., Bless, J.J., Hugdahl, K., Westerhausen, R., Manns, M., Investigating heritability of laterality and cognitive control in speech perception, Brain and Cognition, 2016, 109: 34-39.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Friedrich, P., Güntürkün, O., Genc, E., Voxel-wise grey matter asymmetry analysis in left- and right-handers, Neuroscience Letters, 2016, 633: 210-214.


  • Genç E, Ocklenburg S, Singer W, Güntürkün O. (2015). Abnormal interhemispheric motor interactions in patients with callosal agenesis. Behav Brain Res, 293, 1-9.
  • Selpien H, Siebert C, Genc E, Beste C, Faustmann PM, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2015). Left dominance for language perception starts in the extrastriate cortex: An ERP and sLORETA study. Behav Brain Res, 291, 325-333.
  • Schmitz J, Lor S, Klose R, Ocklenburg S. (2015). Shedding light on the genetic determinants of functional lateralization: A commentary on Karlebach and Francks. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.05.050.
  • Beste C, Ocklenburg S, von der Hagen M, Di Donato N. (2015). Mammalian cadherins DCHS1-FAT4 affect functional cerebral architecture. Brain Struct Funct [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ocklenburg S, Ball A, Wolf CC, Genç E, Güntürkün O. (2015). Functional Cerebral Lateralization and Interhemispheric Interaction in Patients With Callosal Agenesis. Neuropsychology [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ocklenburg S, Garland A, Ströckens F, Uber Reinert A. (2015). Investigating the neural architecture of handedness. Front Psychol, 6, 148.
  • Arning L, Ocklenburg S, Schulz S, Ness V, Gerding WM, Hengstler JG, Falkenstein M, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C. (2015). Handedness and the X chromosome: the role of androgen receptor CAG-repeat length. Sci Rep, doi: 10.1038/srep08325.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Güntürkün, O., Hugdahl, K., Hirnstein, M., Laterality and mental disorders in the postgenomic age - A closer lool at schizophrenia and language lateralization, 2015, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 59, 100-110.


  • Ocklenburg S, Beste C, Arning L. (2014). Handedness genetics: considering the phenotype. Front Psychol, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01300.
  • Ocklenburg S, Hirnstein M, Beste C, Güntürkün O. (2014). Lateralization and cognitive systems. Front Psychol, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01143.
  • Ocklenburg S, Schlaffke L, Hugdahl K, Westerhausen R. (2014). From structure to function in the lateralized brain: how structural properties of the arcuate and uncinate fasciculus are associated with dichotic listening performance. Neurosci Lett, 580, 32-36.
  • Ocklenburg S, Beste C, Arning L, Peterburs J, Güntürkün O. (2014). The ontogenesis of language lateralization and its relation to handedness. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 43, 191-198.
  • Ball A, Wolf CC, Ocklenburg S, Brüne M, Wolf OT, Güntürkün O, & Pinnow M. (2014). The type of implicit motive enactment is modulated by sex hormones in naturally cycling women. Physiol Behav, 123, 119-126.


  • Ocklenburg S, Ness V, Güntürkün O, Suchan B, & Beste C. (2013). Response inhibition is modulated by functional cerebral asymmetries for facial expression perception. Front Psychol, 4, 879.
  • Ocklenburg S, Beste C, & Güntürkün O. (2013). Handedness: A neurogenetic shift of perspective. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 37, 2788-2793.
  • Ocklenburg S, Wolf CC, Heed T, Ball A, Cramer H, Röder B, & Güntürkün O. (2013). Multisensory integration across the menstrual cycle. Front Psychol, 4, 666.
  • Reinersmann A, Ocklenburg S, Landwehrt J, Krumova EK, & Maier C. (2013). Die Gummihandillusion bei CRPS-Patienten. Schmerz, 27, 513-516.
  • Ocklenburg S, Hugdahl K, & Westerhausen R. (2013). Structural white matter asymmetries in relation to functional asymmetries during speech perception and production. Neuroimage, 83, 1088-1097.
  • Ocklenburg S, Arning L, Gerding WM, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2013). FOXP2 variation modulates functional hemispheric asymmetries for speech perception. Brain Lang, 126, 279-284.
  • Arning L, Ocklenburg S, Schulz S, Ness V, Gerding WM, Hengstler JG, Falkenstein M, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2013). PCSK6 VNTR Polymorphism Is Associated with Degree of Handedness but Not Direction of Handedness. PLoS One, 8, e67251.
  • Reinersmann A, Landwehrt J, Krumova EK, Peterburs J, Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O, & Maier C. (2013). The rubber hand illusion in complex regional pain syndrome: Preserved ability to integrate a rubber hand indicates intact multisensory integration. Pain, 154, 1519-1527.
  • Ball A, Wolf CC, Ocklenburg S, Herrmann BL, Pinnow M, Brüne M, Wolf OT, & Güntürkün O. (2013). Variability in ratings of trustworthiness across the menstrual cycle. Biological Psychology, 93, 52-57.
  • Peterburs J, & Ocklenburg S. (2013). Die Rubber Hand Illusion und ihre möglichen klinischen Anwendungen. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 24, 49–55.
  • Ocklenburg S, Arning L, Gerding WM, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2013). Cholecystokinin A receptor (CCKAR) gene variation is associated with language lateralization. PLoS One, 8, e53643.
  • Ocklenburg S, Westerhausen R, Hirnstein M, & Hugdahl K. (2013). Auditory hallucinations and reduced language lateralization in schizophrenia: a meta-analysis of dichotic listening studies. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 410-418.
  • Ocklenburg S, Ströckens F, & Güntürkün O. (2013). Lateralization of conspecific vocalization in non-human vertebrates. Laterality, 18, 1-31.
  • Ströckens F, Güntürkün O, & Ocklenburg S. (2013). Limb preferences in non-human vertebrates. Laterality, 18, 536-575.
  • Ströckens F, Freund N, Manns M, Ocklenburg S, & Güntürkün O. (2013). Visual asymmetries and the ascending thalamofugal pathway in pigeons. Brain Structure and Function, 218, 1197-1209.


  • Reinersmann A, Landwehrt J, Krumova EK, Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O, & Maier C. (2012). Impaired spatial body representation in complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS I). Pain. 153, 2174-2181
  • Ocklenburg S, Peterburs J, Rüther N, & Güntürkün O. (2012). The rubber hand illusion modulates pseudoneglect. Neuroscience Letters, 523, 158-161.
  • Ocklenburg S, & Güntürkün O. (2012). Hemispheric asymmetries: the comparative view. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 5.
  • Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2012). Hemispheric asymmetries modulate executive functions related to task switching: An ERP and sLORETA study. Brain and Cognition, 78, 148-555
  • Önal-Hartmann C, Pauli P, Ocklenburg S, & Güntürkün O. (2012). The motor side of emotions: investigating the relationship between hemispheres, motor reactions and emotional stimuli. Psychological Research, 76, 311-316.


  • Wolf CC, Ball A, Ocklenburg S, Otto T, Heed T, Röder B, & Güntürkün O. (2011). Visuotactile interactions in the congenitally acallosal brain: evidence for early cerebral plasticity. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3908-3916
  • Ocklenburg S, Arning L, Hahn C, Gerding WM, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2011). Variation in the NMDA receptor 2B subunit gene GRIN2B is associated with differential language lateralization. Behavioural Brain Research, 255, 284-289.
  • Reinersmann A, Haarmeyer GS, Blankenburg M, Frettlöh J, Krumova EK, Ocklenburg S, & Maier C. (2011). Vergleichbare Störung des Körperschemas bei Patienten mit komplexem regionalem Schmerzsyndrom (CRPS) oder Phantomschmerz. Schmerz, 25, 558-562.
  • Ocklenburg S, Hirnstein M, Ohmann HA, & Hausmann M. (2011). Mental rotation does not account for sex differences in left-right confusion. Brain and Cognition, 76, 166-171.
  • Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O, & Beste C. (2011). Lateralized neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of response inhibition processes. Neuroimage, 55, 1771-1778.
  • Ocklenburg S, Rüther N, Peterburs J, Pinnow M, & Güntürkün O. (2011). Laterality in the rubber hand illusion. Laterality, 16, 174-187.


  • Reinersmann A, Haarmeyer GS, Blankenburg, M, Frettloeh J, Krumova E, Ocklenburg S, & Maier C. (2010). Left is where the L is right. Significant delayed reaction time in limb laterality recognition in both CRPS and phantom limb pain patients. Neuroscience Letters, 486, 240-245.
  • Wolf CC, Ocklenburg S, Ören B, Becker C, Hofstätter A, Bös C, Popken M, Thorstensen T, & Güntürkün O. (2010). Sex differences in parking are affected by biological and social factors. Psychological Research, 74, 429-435.
  • Ocklenburg S, Bürger C, Westermann C, Schneider D, Biedermann H, & Güntürkün O. (2010). Visual experience affects handedness. Behavioural Brain Research, 207, 447-451.
  • Ocklenburg S, Hirnstein M, Hausmann M, & Lewald J. (2010). Auditory space perception in left- and right-handers. Brain and Cognition, 72, 210-217.


  • Patzke N, Ocklenburg S, van der Staay FJ, Güntürkün O, & Manns M. (2009). Consequences of different housing conditions on brain morphology of laying hens. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 37, 141-148.
  • Hirnstein M, Ocklenburg S, Schneider D, & Hausmann M. (2009). Sex differences in left-right confusion depend on hemispheric asymmetry. Cortex, 45, 891-899.
  • Ocklenburg S, & Güntürkün O. (2009). Head-turning preferences during kissing and their association with lateral preference. Laterality, 14, 79-85.


Awards & Honors

  • 2012: Heinz-Heckhausen-Jungwissenschaftlerpreis
  • 2015: Member of the Global Young Faculty of the Mercator Foundation


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