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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Beste (Dipl.-Psych.)

Research focus

  • Cognitive control
  • Neurophysiology (EEG)
  • Brain stimulation methods (TMS, tDCS, tVNS)
  • Hyperkinetic neuropsychiatric disorders (ADHD, Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome)

Official position 



Cognitive Neurophysiology, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, TU Dresden and
Faculty of Psychology, TU Dresden

Business address 

Schubertstrasse 42
01309 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

​2001 - 2006​Diploma in Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
​2006 - 2007​PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
​2013​Habilitation (venia legend) “Cognitive Neuroscience”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Professional career

​2006 - 2007​PhD student, Leibniz Institute for Working Environment and Human Factors (Prof. Dr. Falkenstein) and Neurological University Clinic Ruhr Universität Bochum (Prof. Dr. Gold)
​2007 - 2008​Post-Doc at the Institut for Clinical Radiology, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (Prof. Dr. Heindel, Prof. Dr. Dr. Pfleiderer)
​2009 - 2010​Post-Doc in the Biopsychology Uni (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.cs. Güntürkün) Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
​2010 - 2011​Post-Doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit, Cambridge, UK (Prof. Dr. John Duncan, FRS)
​2011 - 2012​Post-Doc in the Biopsychology Uni (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.cs. Güntürkün) Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
​2012 - 2013​Head of the Emmy Noether Group “Neuronal mechanisms of action control” (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
​Since 2013​W2-Professor for Cognitive Neurophysiology, TU Dresden
​Since 2014​Co-opted Professor at the Institute of Psychology, TU Dresden
​Since 2020​Guest Scientist at the Shandong Normal University, Department of Psychology (Double hundred talent programme), VR China


Honors, awards and positions

​2012​Emmy-Noether Award
​2010​Nachwuchspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie und ihr Anwendung (DGPA)


Current journal editorial positions

​2009 - 2013​Journal of Psychophysiology, Associate Editor
​Since 2011​Neuropsychologia, Editorial Board
​2013​Frontiers in Psychology - Cognition, Guest Editor
​Since 2014Scientific Reports, Editorial Board
​2016European Journal of Neuroscience, Guest Editor
​Since 2019International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Editorial Board
​2019​Journal of Clinical Medicine, Guest Editor
​Since 2020​Frontiers in Psychology, Associate Editor
​​Since 2020​Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Associate Editor


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 302; h-index: 40, Scopus)

  1. Kleimaker M, Takacs A, Conte G, Onken R, Verrel J … Beste C. Increased perception-action binding in Tourette syndrome. Brain. 2020;143,1934-1945.

  2. Pertermann M, Bluschke A, Roessner V, Beste C. The modulations of neural noise underlies the effectiveness of methylphenidate treatment in attentional-deficit disorder. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2019;4,743-750.

  3. Beste C, Moll CKE, Pötter-Nerger M, Münchau A. Striatal microstructure and its relevance for cognitive control. Trends Cogn Sci. 2018;22,747-751.

  4. Ocklenburg S, Friedrich P, Fraenz C, Schlüter C, Beste C et al. Neurite architecture of the planum temporale predicts neurophysiological processing of auditory speech. Sci Adv. 2018;eaar6830.

  5. Chmielewski WX, Wolff N, Mückschel M, Roessner V, Beste C. Effects of multisensory integration processes on response inhibition in adolescent autism spectrum disorder. Psychol Med. 2016;46,2705-2716.

  6. Chmielewski WX, Beste C. Action control processes in Autism Spectrum Disorder – insights from a neurobiological and neuroanatomical perspective. Prog Neurobiol. 2015;124, 49-83.

  7. Dippel G, Beste C. A causal role of the right inferior frontal cortex in implementing strategies for multi-component behavior. Nat Commun. 2015;6:6587.

  8. Beste C, Dinse HR. Learning without training. Curr Biol. 2013;23,R489-499.

  9. Beste C, Wascher E, Dinse HR, Saft C. Faster perceptual learning through excitotoxic neurodegeneration. Curr Biol. 2012;1914-1917.

  10. Beste C, Wascher E, Güntürkün O, Dinse HR. Improvement and impairment of visually guided behavior through LTP- and LTD-like exposure-based visual learning. Curr Biol. 2011;21, 876-882.

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