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Dr. rer. nat. Julian Packheiser

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

Room: IB 6-139
Phone: +49 234 32 24917
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019 Postdoc, Biopsychology, Ruhr University Bochum
2019 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.)
2015 – 2019 PhD, Biopsychology, Ruhr University Bochum
2013 – 2015 M.Sc., Cognitive Science program, Ruhr University Bochum
2009 – 2013 B.A., Psychology/German program, TU Dortmund
2008 Abitur/A-Level



Methods and Research Interests

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Electrophysiology (single-unit recordings/EEG)
  • Decision-making
  • Extinction learning
  • Hemispheric asymmetries
  • Social touch
  • Meta-analyses


Publication List


In press

  • Ocklenburg, S.*, Berretz, G.*, Packheiser, J.*, & Friedrich, P.* (2020). Laterality 2020: Entering the next decade. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition (accepted for publication).
  • Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Arning, L., Beste, C., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2020). A large-scale estimate on the relationship between language and motor lateralization. Scientific Reports (accepted for publication).


  • Packheiser, J.*, Schmitz, J.*, Pan, Y., El Basbasse, Y., Friedrich, P., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2020). Using mobile EEG to investigate alpha and beta asymmetries during hand and foot use. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, 109.
  • Packheiser, J., Pusch, R., Stein, C. C., Güntürkün, O., Lachnit, H., & Uengoer, M. (2020). How competitive is cue competition?. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73(1), 104-114.
  • Rook, N., Letzner, S., Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Beste, C. (2020). Immediate early gene fingerprints of multi-component behaviour. Scientific Reports, 10(1).
  • Packheiser, J.*, Schmitz, J.*, Metzen, D., Reinke, P., Radtke, F., Friedrich, P., Güntürkün, O., Peterburs, J., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). Asymmetries in social touch - motor and emotional biases on lateral preferences in embracing, cradling and kissing. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 1-24.
  • Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Berretz, G., Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). Handedness and sex effects on lateral biases in human cradling: Three meta-analyses. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 104, 30-42.
  • Packheiser, J.*, Rook, N.*, Dursun, Z., Mesenhöller, J., Wenglorz, A., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). Embracing your emotions: affective state impacts lateralisation of human embraces. Psychological Research, 83, 26-36.
  • Schmitz, J.*, Packheiser, J.*, Birnkraut, T., Hinz, N. A., Friedrich, P., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). The neurophysiological correlates of handedness: Insights from the lateralized readiness potential. Behavioural Brain Research364, 114-122.
  • Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Pusch, R. (2019). Renewal of extinguished behavior in pigeons (Columba livia) does not require memory consolidation of acquisition or extinction in a free-operant appetitive conditioning paradigm. Behavioural Brain Research, 370, 111947.
  • Ocklenburg, S.*, Packheiser, J.*, Schmitz, J., Rook, N., Güntürkün, O., Peterburs, J., & Grimshaw, G. M. (2018). Hugs and kisses - The role of motor preferences and emotional lateralization for hemispheric asymmetries in human social touch. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 95, 353-360.

*Equal contribution

Not peer-reviewed

  • Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Berretz, G., Carey, D., Paracchini, S., Papadatou-Pastou, M., & Ocklenburg, S. (2020). Four meta-analyses across 164 studies on atypical footedness prevalence and its relation to handedness. PsyArXiv.
  • Donoso, J. R., Packheiser, J., Pusch, R., Lederer, Z., Walther, T., Güntürkün, O., & Cheng, S. (2020). Complex dynamics of choice during operant extinction and a simple associative learning account. bioRxiv.


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