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Prof. Dr. Erich Schröger

Research focus

  • ​Human predictive information processing, Irregularity detection
  • Attention (involuntary, voluntary) 
  • Perception (auditory, crossmodal)
  • Action-perception cycle

​Official position

Professor for Cognitive and Biological Psychology


Institute of Psychology - Wilhelm Wundt, Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University 

Business address

Neumarkt 9-19
04109 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees

1980 - 1982

Bakkalaureat in Philosophy (Hochschule für Philosophie München, Philosophische Fakultät S.J.)

​1982 - 1986

Diplom in Psychology (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)​​

​1987 - 1991

Dr. phil. in Psychology (Major: Psychology; minor: Statistics, Philosophy; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

​1991 - 1996

Habilitation in Psychology (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)​


Professional career

1987 - 1991

Researcher/Lecturer, University of Munich

1991 - 1996

Assistant Professor (C1), University of Munich

1997 - 1997

Associate Professor (C2), University of Munich

1997 - 2001

Professor for Biological Psychology (C3), University of Leipzig

since 2001

Full Professor for Cognitive including Biological Psychology

2014 - 2016

Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology

since 2017

Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics of Leipzig University


Honors, awards and positions


Distinguished Scientific Award for An Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology of the Society for Psychophysiological Research

​1998 - 2003

Head of the Study-Group (DFG-Forschergruppe) "Working Memory" of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

​2003 - 2005

Elected Head of the Department General Psychology (Fachgruppe Allgemeine Psychologie) of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs)

​2004 - 2008

Delegate for Young Researchers of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs)

​2004 - 2011

Elected Member and Speaker (2007-2011) of the Grant Council (DFG-Fachkollegium) "Psychology" of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

​2008 - 2013

Reinhart-Koselleck Grant (DFG)

​2013 - 2022

Member of the Selection Committee for the Allocation of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Awards

​2014 - 2021

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg

​2015 - 2023

Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

​since 2015

Elected Member, Academia Europaea

2019 - 2022

Fellow of the Max Planck School of Cognition


Named among the 50 most influential livingpsychologists in the world 

2020 - 2023

Appointed Member of the International Commission of Experts for the Elite Netwo​​rk of Bavaria


Current Journal Editorial positions 

2012 - 2020

​Senior Editor, Brain Research

10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 258, Scopus h-index: 62)

  1. Schröger, E., & Roeber, U. (2020). Encoding of deterministic and stochastic auditory rules in the human brain: The mismatch negativity mechanism does not reflect basic probability. Hearing Research, 107907.

  2. Marzecová, A., Schettino, A., Widmann, A., SanMiguel, I., Kotz, S. A., & Schröger, E. (2018). Attentional gain is modulated by probabilistic feature expectations in a spatial cueing task: ERP evidence. Scientific Reports, 8, 54.

  3. Kokinous, J., Tavano, A., Kotz, S. A., & Schröger, E. (2017). Perceptual integration of faces and voices depends on the interaction of emotional content and spatial frequency. Biological Psychology, 123, 155-165.

  4. Schröger, E., Marzecova, A., & SanMiguel, I. (2015). Attention and prediction in human audition: a lesson from cognitive psychophysiology. European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(5), 641-664.

  5. Schröger, E., Bendixen, A., Denham, S. L., Mill, R. W., Böhm, T. M., & Winkler, I. (2014). Predictive Regularity Representations in Violation Detection and Auditory Stream Segregation: From Conceptual to Computational Models. Brain Topography, 27, 565-577.

  6. Widmann, A., Engbert, R., & Schröger, E. (2014). Microsaccadic responses indicate fast categorization of sounds: a novel approach to study auditory cognition. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(33), 11152-11158.

  7. Timm, J., Schönwiesner, M., Sanmiguel, I., & Schröger, E. (2013). Sensation of agency and perception of temporal order. Consciousness and Cognition, 23C, 42-52.

  8. SanMiguel, I., Widmann, A., Bendixen, A., Trujillo-Barreto, N., & Schröger, E. (2013). Hearing silences: Human auditory processing relies on pre-activation of sound-specific brain activity patterns. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(20), 8633-8639.

  9. Schröger, E. (1997). On the detection of auditory deviations: a pre-attentive activation model. Psychophysiology, 34(3), 245-257.

  10. Schröger, E. (1996). A neural mechanism for involuntary attention shifts to changes in auditory stimulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 527-539.​

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