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Prof. Dr. med. Katharina von Kriegstein, MD

​Research focus

  • Sensory mechanisms of human communication
  • Communication disorders: Dyslexia, Person Identity Recognition Deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder Neuroscience and Behaviour (functional MRI, diffusion MRI, MEG, TMS, eye-tracking)

Official position

Chair of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience


Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Psychology

Business address

Bamberger Str. 7, 01187 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

1993 - 1994

Studium generale at Leibniz-Kolleg, Tübingen, Germany

1994 - 2001

Medical School, University of Göttingen, Germany; Degree: MD

2000 - 2001

Clinical Training, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Hospital Marquez de Valdecilla, Universidad de Santander, Spain; University Hospital Göttingen, Germany

1995 - 1997

Study of Philosophy, University of Göttingen, Germany; Degree: Zwischenprüfung

2001, University of Göttingen, Germany

2001 - 2004

Residency in Neurology, Goethe University, Frankfurt/M., Germany

Professional career

1996 - 2000

MD Doctoral Student (Advisors: Prof. TC Südhof, Prof. N Brose, Prof. F Schmitz), Molecular Neurobiology Department, Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany

2001 - 2004

Research Associate (Supervisor: Prof. AL Giraud), Clinic for Neurology, University of Frankfurt/M., Germany

2004 - 2009

Postdoc (Advisor: Prof. TD Griffiths), Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, UK

2009 - 2018

Max Planck Research Group Leader

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

2013 - 2017

Professor of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Institute of Psychology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Since 2017

Professor of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Honors, awards and positions


Award for best doctoral thesis 2001 in Experimental Medicine, University of Göttingen


Max Planck Research Group


Max Planck Research Group Work rated as outstanding (best rating)


ERC-Consolidator Grant


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 80; Publons h-index: 28)

  1. Borowiak K, von Kriegstein K. Intranasal oxytocin modulates brain responses to voice-identity recognition in typically developing individuals, but not in ASD. Transl Psychiatry. 2020;10(1):221.

  2. Tschentscher N, Ruisinger A, Blank H, Díaz B, von Kriegstein K. Reduced Structural Connectivity Between Left Auditory Thalamus and the Motion-Sensitive Planum Temporale in Developmental Dyslexia. J Neurosci. 2019;39(9):1720-1732.

  3. Roswandowitz C, Kappes C, Obrig H, von Kriegstein K. Obligatory and facultative brain regions for voice-identity recognition. Brain. 2018;141(1):234-247.

  4. Müller-Axt C, Anwander A, von Kriegstein K. Altered Structural Connectivity of the Left Visual Thalamus in Developmental Dyslexia. Current Biology. 2017;27(23):3692-3698.e4.

  5. Schelinski S, Borowiak K, von Kriegstein K. Temporal voice areas exist in autism spectrum disorder but are dysfunctional for voice identity recognition. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016;11(11):1812-1822.

  6. Blank H, Wieland N, von Kriegstein K. Person recognition and the brain: merging evidence from patients and healthy individuals. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2014;47:717-34.

  7. Roswandowitz C, Mathias SR, Hintz F, Kreitewolf J, Schelinski S, von Kriegstein K. Two cases of selective developmental voice-recognition impairments. Current Biology. 2014;24(19),2348-2353.

  8. Diaz B, Hintz F, Kiebel SJ, von Kriegstein K. Dysfunction of the auditory thalamus in developmental dyslexia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2012;109(34),13841-13846.

  9. von Kriegstein K, Dogan Ö, Grüter M, Giraud AL, Kell CA et al. Simulation of talking faces in the human brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2008;105(18),6747-6752.

  10. von Kriegstein K, Kleinschmidt A, Giraud AL. Voice recognition and cross-modal responses to familiar speakers' voices in prosopagnosia. Cereb Cortex. 2006;16(9):1314-22.

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