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Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Goschke

Research focus

  • Psychological and neural mechanisms underlying human volition, cognitive control, and intentional action
  • Meta-control and adaptive regulation of cognitive control
  • Emotional modulation of cognitive stability and flexibility
  • Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying real-life self-control failures
  • Dysfunctions of cognitive control, performance-monitoring, and value-based decision-making as transdiagnostic mechanisms and vulnerability factors for substance use disorder and behavioral addictions

​Official position 

Professor for General Psychology (W3)
Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, TU Dresden 
Director of the Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology, and Methods of Psychology


Faculty of Psychology
Technische Universität Dresden

Business address 

01062 Dresden

Academic education and degrees


​Habilitation in Psychology, Universität Osnabrück


​Dr. phil. (summa cum laude), Universität Osnabrück


​Diploma in Psychology (with distinction), Ruhr-Universität Bochum

​1979 - 1987

​Studies of Psychology and Philosophy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Professional career

​Since 2019

​Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, TU Dresden

​Since 2014

​Member of the Senate of the TU Dresden

​Since 2018

​Elected Member of the School Committee of the School of Science, TU Dresden

​2014 - 2018

​Head of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden

​2012 - 2014

​Member of the Senate of the TU Dresden

​2004 - 2009

​Head of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden

​2003 - 2018

​Elected Member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Science, TU Dresden

​Since 2003

​Director of the Institute for General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology

​Since 2002

​Professor (W3) for General Psychology, Department of Psychology, TU Dresden

​2000 - 2002

​Senior Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Munich (Cognition & Action Unit, Prof. Wolfgang Prinz)

​1999 - 2000

​Assistant Professor (C2), University Osnabrück


​Interim Professor for General Psychology (C4), TU Braunschweig


​Visiting Faculty Member, Institute for Cognition and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon at Eugene (two stays funded by the DAAD)

​1993 - 1996

​Postdoctoral Research Associate (C1), Department of Psychology, University Osnabrück

​1987 - 1993

​Doctoral student, Department of Psychology, University Osnabrück


Honors, awards and positions


​Organizer (with Veronika Job) of the Dresden International Symposium “Volition and Self-Control: From Metaphors to Mechanisms”


​Organizer (with Clemens Kirschbaum and Annette Bolte) of the 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP)


​Organizer of the Dresden International Symposium “Have We Banished the Homunculus? Dynamic Regulation, Modulation, and Optimization of Cognitive Control”


Karl und Charlotte Bühler Lecture Award of the Department of Psychology

​Since 2012

​Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 940): “Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators, Dysfunctions”

​2009 - 2014

​Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, European Post Graduate School in Addiction Research ESADD

​2007 - 2009

​Founding member of the Scientific Board of the European Platform for Mind, Life, & Brain Sciences, Volkswagen-Foundation

​2005 - 2010

​Spokesperson of the interdisciplinary research consortium “Control and responsibility: Investigations on the nature and culture of volition” funded by Volkswagen Foundation

​1989 - 1990

​Fellow of the Research Group Mind and Brain, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld

​Since 1993

​Ad hoc Reviewer for various funding agencies (e.g., DFG, Volkswagen Stiftung) and scientific journals (e.g., JEPL:LMC; JEP:HPP; Cognition; Neuropsychologia; Neuroimage; Brain Research.; Psychophysiology; Quart. J. Exp. Psychology)


Current journal editorial positions

​Since 2019

​Guest Editor (with Ben Eppinger and Sebastian Musslick) of a Special Issue on "Meta-control" in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 100, SCOPUS h-index: 32)

  1. Krönke M, Wolff M, Mohr H, Kräplin A, Smolka M, … Goschke T. Predicting real-life self-control by brain activity encoding the value of anticipated future outcomes. Psychological Science. 2020;31(3),268-279.

  2. Kräplin A, Scherbaum S, Bühringer G, Goschke T. Decision-making and inhibitory control after smoking-related priming in nicotine dependent smokers and never-smokers. Addictive Behaviors. 2019;88,114-121.

  3. Krönke KM, Wolff M, Mohr H, Kraplin A, Smolka MN … Goschke T. Monitor yourself! Deficient error-related brain activity predicts real-life self-control failures. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. 2018;18(4),622-637.

  4. Wolff M, Krönke KM, Venz J, Kraplin A, Buhringer G ... Goschke T. Action versus state orientation moderates the impact of executive functioning on real-life self-control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2016;145(12),1635-1653.

  5. Kräplin A, Behrendt S, Scherbaum S, Dshemuchadse M, Bühringer G, Goschke T. Increased impulsivity in pathological gambling: Considering nicotine dependence. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 2015;37(4),367-378.

  6. Krönke KM, Wolff M, Benz A, Goschke T. Successful smoking cessation is associated with prefrontal cortical function during a Stroop task: A preliminary study. Psychiatry Research. 2015;234(1),52-56.

  7. Goschke T. Dysfunctions of decision-making and cognitive control as transdiagnostic mechanisms of mental disorders: advances, gaps, and needs in current research. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 2014;23(1),41-57.

  8. Goschke T, Bolte A. Emotional modulation of control dilemmas: The role of positive affect, reward, and dopamine in cognitive stability and flexibility. Neuropsychologia. 2014;62,403-423.

  9. Dshemuchadse M, Scherbaum S, Goschke T. How decisions emerge: Action dynamics in intertemporal decision making. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2013;142(1),93-100.

  10. Plessow F, Fischer R, Kirschbaum C, Goschke T. Inflexibly focused under stress: acute psychosocial stress increases shielding of action goals at the expense of reduced cognitive flexibility with increasing time lag to the stressor. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2011;23(11),3218-3227.

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