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Prof. 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



  • Ocklenburg S, Güntürkün O. (2018). The Lateralized Brain: The Neuroscience and Evolution of Hemispheric Asymmetries. Academic Press.
  • Ocklenburg S, Beste C, Güntürkün O, Hirnstein M. (Eds.). (2015). Lateralization and cognitive systems. Frontiers Media SA. (Open Source)


In press

  • Ocklenburg S, Berretz G, Packheiser J, Friedrich P. (2020). Laterality 2020: entering the next decade. Laterality, in press.


Full Publication List


  • Berretz, G., Packheiser, J., Kumsta, R., Wolf, O. T., & Ocklenburg, S. (2021). The brain under stress–a systematic review and activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of changes in BOLD signal associated with acute stress exposure. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review. 2021 May;124:89-99.
  • Packheiser J, Berretz G, Rook N, Bahr C, Schockenhoff L, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. Investigating real-life emotions in romantic couples: a mobile EEG study. Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 13;11(1):1142.
  • Mundorf A, Schmitz J, Hünten K, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Genç E, Ocklenburg S, Freund N. MORC1 methylation and BDI are associated with microstructural features of the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex. J Affect Disord. 2021 Mar 1;282:91-97

  • Packheiser J., Schmitz J., Stein C., Pfeifer L., Berretz G., Papadatou-Pastou M., Peterburs J. & Ocklenburg S. (2021). Handedness and depression: A meta-analysis across 87 studies. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 200-209.
  • Mundorf A., Kubitza N., Hünten K., Matsui H., Juckel G., Ocklenburg S. & Freund N. (2021). Maternal immune activation leads to atypical turning asymmetry and reduced DRD2 mRNA expression in a rat model of schizophrenia. Behavioural Brain Research, 414, 113504.


  • Berretz G, Packheiser J, Wolf OT, Ocklenburg S. Dichotic listening performance and interhemispheric integration after stress exposure. Sci Rep. 2020 Nov 30;10(1):20804.
  • Schrammen E, Grimshaw GM, Berlijn AM, Ocklenburg S, Peterburs J. Response inhibition to emotional faces is modulated by functional hemispheric asymmetries linked to handedness. Brain Cogn, 145, 105629.
  • Packheiser J, Schmitz J, Berretz G, Carey DP, Paracchini S, Papadatou-Pastou M, Ocklenburg S. (2020). Four meta-analyses across 164 studies on atypical footedness prevalence and its relation to handedness. Sci Rep, 10, 14501.
  • 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. Sci Rep, 10, 13027.
  • Mundorf A, Matsui H, Ocklenburg S, Freund N. (2020). Asymmetry of turning behavior in rats is modulated by early life stress. Behav Brain Res, 393, 112807.
  • Isparta S, Salgirli Demirbas Y, Bars Z, Cinar Kul B, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S, Da Graca Pereira G. (2020). The relationship between problem-solving ability and laterality in cats. Behav Brain Res, 391, 112691.
  • Papadatou-Pastou M, Ntolka E, Schmitz J, Martin M, Munafò MR, Ocklenburg S*, Paracchini S*. (2020). Human handedness: A meta-analysis. Psychol Bull, 146, 481524.
    *: Geteilte Letztautorenschaft.
  • Friedrich P, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Ocklenburg S, Mädler B, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2020). The Relationship Between Axon Density, Myelination, and Fractional Anisotropy in the Human Corpus Callosum. Cereb Cortex, 30, 2042-2056.
  • Güntürkün O, Ströckens F, Ocklenburg S. (2020). Brain Lateralization: A Comparative Perspective. Physiol Rev, 100, 1019-1063.
  • 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. Front Neurosci, 14, 109.
  • Habib R, Ocklenburg S, Hoffjan S, Haghikia A, Epplen JT, Arning L. (2020). Association between shorter leukocyte telomeres and multiple sclerosis. J Neuroimmunol, 341, 577187.
  • Berretz G, Wolf OT, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2020). Atypical lateralization in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders: What is the role of stress? Cortex, 125, 215-232.
  • Schlaffke L, Friedrich S, Tegenthoff M, Güntürkün O, Genç E, Ocklenburg S. (2020). Boom Chack Boom-A multimethod investigation of motor inhibition in professional drummers. Brain Behav, 10, e01490.


  • 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, 5, 325-348.
  • Schmitz J, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Friedrich P, Kumsta R, Moser D, Güntürkün O, Genç E, Ocklenburg S. (2019). Schizotypy and altered hemispheric asymmetries: The role of cilia genes. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging, 294, 110991.
  • Ocklenburg S, Isparta S, Peterburs J, Papadatou-Pastou M. (2019). Paw preferences in cats and dogs: Meta-analysis. Laterality, 24, 647-677.
  • Schlüter C, Arning L, Fraenz C, Friedrich P, Pinnow M, Güntürkün O, Beste C, Ocklenburg S, Genc E. (2019). Genetic Variation in Dopamine Availability Modulates the Self-reported Level of Action Control in a Sex-dependent Manner. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 4, 759-768.
  • Berretz G, Arning L, Gerding WM, Friedrich P, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C, Genç E, Ocklenburg S. (2019). Structural Asymmetry in the Frontal and Temporal Lobes Is Associated with PCSK6 VNTR Polymorphism. Mol Neurobiol, 56, 7765-7773.
  • Ocklenburg S, Friedrich P, Schmitz J, Schlüter C, Genc E, Güntürkün O, Peterburs J, Grimshaw G. (2019). Beyond frontal alpha: investigating hemispheric asymmetries over the EEG frequency spectrum as a function of sex and handedness. Laterality, 24, 505-524
  • 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. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 104, 30-42.
  • Ocklenburg S, Anderson C, Gerding WM, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Friedrich P, Raane M, Mädler B, Schlaffke L, Arning L, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C, Genç E. (2018). Myelin Water Fraction Imaging Reveals Hemispheric Asymmetries in Human White Matter That Are Associated with Genetic Variation in PLP1. Mol Neurobiol, 56, 3999-4012.
  • Schmitz J, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2019). Building an Asymmetrical Brain: The Molecular Perspective. Front Psychol, 10, 982.
  • Schmitz J, Kumsta R, Moser D, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2019). DNA methylation of dopamine-related gene promoters is associated with line bisection deviation in healthy adults. Sci Rep, 9, 5902.
  • Schmitz J, Packheiser J, Birnkraut T, Hinz NA, Friedrich P, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2019). The neurophysiological correlates of handedness: Insights from the lateralized readiness potential. Behav Brain Res, 364, 114-122.
  • Schmitz J, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Friedrich P, Jung RE, Güntürkün O, Genç E, Ocklenburg S. (2019). Hemispheric asymmetries in cortical gray matter microstructure identified by neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging. Neuroimage, 189, 667-675.
  • Rosenthal-von der Pütten AM, Hastall MR, Köcher S, Meske C, Heinrich T, Labrenz F & Ocklenburg S. (2019) "Likes" as social rewards: Their role in online social comparison and decisions to like other People's selfies. Computers in Human Behavior, 92,76-86.
  • Beste C, Stock AK, Zink N, Ocklenburg S, Akgün K & Ziemssen T (.2018) . How minimal variations in neuronal cytoskeletal integrity modulate cognitive control. NeuroImage, 185, 129-139.
  • Friedrich P, Anderson C, Schmitz J, Schlüter C, Lor S, Stacho M, Ströckens F, Grimshaw G, Ocklenburg S. (2018). Fundamental or forgotten? Is Pierre Paul Broca still relevant in modern neuroscience? Laterality, 24, 125-138.
  • Packheiser J, Rook N, Dursun Z, Mesenhöller J, Wenglorz A, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2018). Embracing your emotions: affective state impacts lateralisation of human embraces. Psychol Res, 83, 26-36.
  • Peterburs J, Liepelt R, Voegler R, Ocklenburg S & Straube S. (2019). It’s not me, it’s you - Differential neural processing of social and non-social nogo cues in joint action. Social Neuroscience. 14:1, 114-124, DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2017.1403374.


  • Ocklenburg S, Packheiser J, Schmitz J, Rook N, Güntürkün O, Peterburs J, Grimshaw GM. (2018). Hugs and kisses - the role of motor preferences and emotional lateralization for hemispheric asymmetries in human social touch. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 95, 353-360.
  • Anderson C, Gerding WM, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Friedrich P, Raane M, Arning L, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C, Genç E, Ocklenburg S. (2018). PLP1 and CNTN1 gene variation modulates the microstructure of human white matter in the corpus callosum. Brain Struct Funct, 223, 3875-388.
  • Manns M, Ströckens F, Stavenhagen P, Ocklenburg S. (2018). Paw preferences in the Asian small-clawed otter - using an inexpensive, video-based protocol to study laterality of rare species in the zoo. Laterality, 23, 722-737.
  • Ocklenburg S, Gerding WM, Raane M, Arning L, Genç E, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C. (2018). PLP1 Gene Variation Modulates Leftward and Rightward Functional Hemispheric Asymmetries. Mol Neurobiol, 55, 7691-7700.
  • Mundorf A, Schmitz J, Güntürkün O, Freund N, Ocklenburg S. (2018).  Methylation of MORC1: A possible biomarker for depression? J Psychiatr Res, 103, 208-211.
  • Ocklenburg, S., Friedrich, P., Fraenz, C., Schlüter, C., Beste, C., Güntürkün, O., Genc, E. (2018). Neurite architecture of the planum temporale predicts neurophysiological processing of auditory speech. Science Advances, 4, eaar6830.
  • Schmitz J, Kumsta R, Moser D, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2018). DNA methylation in candidate genes for handedness predicts handedness direction. Laterality, 23, 441-461.
  • Beste C, Arning L, Gerding WM, Epplen JT, Mertins A, Röder MC, Bless JJ, 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. Mol Neurobiol, 55, 2268-2274.
  • 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. Biol Psychol, 132, 71-80.
  • Schmitz J, Kumsta R, Moser D, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2018). KIAA0319 promoter DNA methylation predicts dichotic listening performance in forced-attention conditions. Behav Brain Res, 337, 1-7.


  • Schmitz J, Metz GAS, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2017). Beyond the genome-Towards an epigenetic understanding of handedness ontogenesis. Prog Neurobiol, 159, 69-89.
  • Ibisler A, Ocklenburg S, Stemmler S, Arning L, Epplen JT, Saft C, Hoffjan S. (2017). Prospective Evaluation of Predictive DNA Testing for Huntington's Disease in a Large German Center. J Genet Couns, 26, 1029-1040.
  • Friedrich P*, Ocklenburg S*, Heins N, Schlüter C, Fraenz C, Beste C, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2017). Callosal microstructure affects the timing of electrophysiological left-right differences. Neuroimage, 163, 310-318.
  • Ocklenburg S, Gerding WM, Arning L, Genç E, Epplen JT, Güntürkün O, Beste C. (2017). Myelin Genes and the Corpus Callosum: Proteolipid Protein 1 (PLP1) and Contactin 1 (CNTN1) Gene Variation Modulates Interhemispheric Integration. Mol Neurobiol, 54, 7908-7916.
  • Schlaffke L, Leemans A, Schweizer LM, Ocklenburg S, Schmidt-Wilcke T. (2017). Learning Morse Code Alters Microstructural Properties in the Inferior Longitudinal Fasciculus: A DTI Study. Front Hum Neurosci, 11, 383.
  • Filippi P, Congdon JV, Hoang J, Bowling DL, Reber SA, Pašukonis 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 Biol Sci, 284, 1859.
  • Schmitz J, Lor S, Klose R, Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2017). The Functional Genetics of Handedness and Language Lateralization: Insights from Gene Ontology, Pathway and Disease Association Analyses. Front Psychol, 8, 1144.
  • Friedrich P*, Ocklenburg S*, Mochalski L, Schlüter C, Güntürkün O, Genç E. (2017). Long-term reliability of the visual EEG Poffenberger paradigm. Behav Brain Res, 330, 85-91.
  • Meissner TW, Friedrich P, Ocklenburg S, Genç E, Weigelt S. (2017). Tracking the Functional Development of the Corpus Callosum in Children Using Behavioral and Evoked Potential Interhemispheric Transfer Times. Dev Neuropsychol, 42, 172-186.
  • 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
  • Güntürkün O, Ocklenburg S. (2017). Ontogenesis of Lateralization. Neuron, 94, 249-263.
  • Ocklenburg S, Barutçuoğlu C, Özgören AÖ, Özgören M, Erdal E, Moser D., et al. (2017). The Genetics of Asymmetry: Whole Exome Sequencing in a Consanguineous Turkish Family with an Overrepresentation of Left-Handedness. Symmetry, 9, 66.
  • 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. Sci Rep, 7, 44062.
  • Ocklenburg S, Schmitz J, Moinfar Z, Moser D, Klose R, Lor S, Kunz G, Tegenthoff M, Faustmann P, Francks C, Epplen JT, Kumsta R, Güntürkün O. (2017). Epigenetic regulation of lateralized fetal spinal gene expression underlies hemispheric asymmetries. Elife, 6, pii: e22784.
  • Filippi P, Ocklenburg S, Bowling DL, 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. Cogn Emot, 31, 879-891.
  • 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.


  • 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
  • 2019: Brain Products Young Scientist Award





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