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General Psychology II

Prof. Dr. Johanna Kißler,


Chair AE02--Affective Neuropsychology (Gen. Psych. II)


Postal Address: Universität Bielefeld 
Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft 
Abteilung für Psychologie 
Postfach 10 01 31 
D-33501 Bielefeld
Work Unit: 02- Allgemeine Psychologie II  
Room: T5-221  
Teaching: Lehre          
Phone: ++49 (0)521 106-4433  
Fax: ++49 (0)521 106-154454
Email: johanna.kissler@uni-bielefeld.de
Office Hour: Monday 1:00 p.m
CV: Short CV


Research Interests:

Neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying emotional cognitive interactions (emphasis on emotion – communication and emotion, stress, memory)
Neuropsychology of  emotional disorders
Consciousness and disorders of consciousness
Experimental psychopathology.


Selected Publications (pdf-download for personal use only)


Keuper, K., Dellert, T., Junghoefer, M., Kissler, J., Zwitserlood, P., Zwanzger, P., & Dobel, C. (2019). The causal role of prefrontal hemispheric asymmetry in valence processing of words–Insights from a combined cTBS-MEG study. NeuroImage.

Schindler, S., Vormbrock, R., & Kissler, J. M. (2019). Emotion in context: How sender predictability and identity affect processing of words as imminent personality feedback. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 94.


Schindler, S., Kruse, O., Stark, R., & Kissler, J. Attributed social context and emotional content recruit frontal and limbic brain regions during virtual feedback processing. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. DOI : 10.3758/s13415-018-00660-5

Schindler, S., & Kissler, J. "Too hard to forget? ERPs to remember, forget, and uninformative cues in the encoding phase of item-method directed forgetting". Psychophysiology, DOI: 10.1111/psyp.13207

Steppacher, I. & Kissler, J. (2018). The living dead? Perception of persons in the unresponsive wakefulness syndrome in Germany compared to the USA. BMC Psychology, 6(5). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-018-0217-4 Pdf

Finke, A., Steppacher, I., Kissler, J., & Ritter, H. (2018). Frequency Band Variations Predict EEG Single-Trial Classification Performance in Disorder of Consciousness Patients. 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'18)


Wegrzyn, M., Herbert, C., Ethofer, T.,  Flaisch, T., & Kissler, J. (2017) Auditory attention enhances processing of positive and negative words in inferior and superior prefrontal cortex. Cortex, 96. 31-45.html

Kissler, J. & Strehlow, J. (2017). Something always sticks? How emotional language modulates neural processes involved in face encoding and recognition memory. Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics. 53(1). pdf

Wegrzyn, M., Westphal, S., & Kissler, J. (2017). In your face: the biased judgement of fear-anger expressions in violent offenders. BMC Psychology , 5 (1), 16.

Wegrzyn, M., Vogt, M., Kireclioglu, B., Schneider, J., & Kissler, J. (2017). Mapping the emotional face. How individual face parts contribute to successful emotion recognition. PloS one , 12 (5), e0177239.

Schindler, S.*, Zell, E.*, Botsch, M., & Kissler, J. (in press). Differential effects of face-realism and emotion on event-related brain potentials and their implications for the uncanny valley theory. Scientific Reports .

Schindler, S. & Kissler, J. (2017). Language-based social feedback processing with randomized 'senders': An ERP study. Social Neuroscience . 1-12. html 50 Free Online Copies


Junghöfer, M., Alissa, R. M., Maitzen, J., Schindler, S., & Kissler, J. (2016). An evil face?-Verbal evaluative Multi-CS conditioning enhances face-evoked mid-latency magnetoencephalographic responses. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience . doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw179 html

Teismann H, Radenz B, Kissler J, & Berger K. (2016). Emotional word processing in cardiovascular diseases, depression, and depression subtypes. In Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression (pp. 257-277). Springer International Publishing. html

Schindler, S. & Kissler, J. (2016). Selective visual attention to emotional words: Early parallel frontal and visual activations followed by interactive effects in visual cortex. Human Brain Mapping . http://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23261 html

Schindler, S. & Kissler, J. (2016). People matter: Perceived sender identity modulates cerebral processing of socio-emotional language feedback. NeuroImage , 134, 160-169. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.052 html

Wolff, W., Schindler, S., Englert, C., Brand, R., & Kissler, J. (2016). Uninstructed BIAT faking when ego depleted or in normal state: differential effect on brain and behavior. BMC Neuroscience , 17(1), 18. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12868-016-0249-8 html


Steppacher, I., Kaps, M., & Kissler, J. (2015). Against the odds: a case study of recovery from coma after devastating prognosis. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology , http://doi.org/10.1002/acn3.269 Pdf

Zwissler, B., Schindler, S., Fischer, H., Plewnia, C., & Kissler, J. M. (2015). 'Forget me (not)? - Remembering forget-items versus un-cued items in directed forgetting. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1741. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01741 html

Wegrzyn M., Bruckhaus I., & Kissler J. (2015). Categorical Perception of Fear and Anger Expressions in Whole, Masked and Composite Faces. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134790. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134790. pdf

Wegrzyn, M., Riehle, M., Labudda, K., Woermann, F., Baumgartner, F., Pollmann, S., Bien, C. G., & Kissler, J. (2015). Investigating the brain basis of facial expression perception using multi-voxel pattern analysis. Cortex . http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.003

Schindler, S., Wolff, W., Kissler, J. M., & Brand, R. (2015). Cerebral correlates of faking: Evidence from a Brief Implicit Association Test on Doping Attitudes. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience , 9:139. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00139 html

Steppacher, I., Schindler, S., & Kissler, J. (2015). Higher, faster, worse? An event-related potentials study of affective picture processing in migraine. Cephalalgia. http://doi.org/10.1177/0333102415587705 html

Schindler, S., Wegrzyn, M., Steppacher, I., & Kissler, J. M. (2015). Perceived communicative context and emotional content amplify visual word processing in the fusiform gyrus. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(15): 6010-6019; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3346-14.2015 html


Schindler, S., Wegrzyn, M., Steppacher, I., & Kissler, J. M. (2014). It´s all in your head - how anticipating evaluation affects the processing of emotional trait adjectives. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01292 html

Herbert, C., & Kissler, J. (2014). Event-related potentials reveal task-dependence and inter-individual differences in negation processing during silent listening and explicit truth-value evaluation. Neuroscience(0). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.07.043

Steppacher I, Kaps M, Kissler J. (2014). Will time heal? A long-term follow-up of disorders of consciousness. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology , Article first published online: 19 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/acn3.63. Pdf

Fridrici C, Driessen M, Wingenfeld K, Kremer G, Kissler J, Beblo T. (2014). Investigating biases of attention and memory for alcohol-related and negative words in alcohol-dependents with and without major depression after day-clinic treatment. Psychiatry Research , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2014.03.041. Pdf

Zwissler, B., Sperber, C., Aigeldinger, S., Schindler, S., Kissler, J., & Plewnia, C. (2014). Shaping Memory Accuracy by Left Prefrontal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. The Journal of Neuroscience , 34(11), 4022-4026. doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.5407-13.2014. Pdf

Dreifus L, Engler H, Kissler J. (2014). Retrieval-induced forgetting under psychosocial stress: No reduction by delayed stress and beta-adrenergic blockade. Neurobiol Learn Mem. Jan 29. pii: S1074-7427(14)00011-2. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2014.01.010. [Epub ahead of print] Pdf

Mistridis, P., Taylor, K. I., Kissler, J. M., Monsch, A. U., Kressig, R. W., & Kivisaari, S. L. (2014). Distinct neural systems underlying reduced emotional enhancement for positive and negative stimuli in early Alzheimer's disease. Front Hum Neurosci , 7:939.(doi), 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00939. eCollection 02013.


Baumann, M., Zwissler, B., Schalinski, I., Ruf-Leuschner, M., Schauer, M., Kissler, J. (2013). Directed forgetting in post-traumatic-stress-disorder: a study of refugee immigrants in Germany. Front Behav Neurosci. . Aug 7;7:94. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00094. Pdf

Hauswald, A., Weisz, N., Bentin, S., & Kissler, J. (2013). MEG premotor abnormalities in children with Asperger's syndrome: Determinants of social behavior? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience . Jul;5:95-105. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2013.02.002.

Schindler, S., Kissler, J., Kühl, K.-P., Hellweg, R., Bengner, T.(2013). Using the yes/no recognition response pattern to detect memory malingering. BMC Psychology . 1:12. Pdf

Steppacher I, Eickhoff S, Jordanov T, Kaps M, Witzke W. & Kissler J. (2013). N400 Predicts Recovery from Disorders of Consciousness. Annals of Neurology. wileyonlinelibrary.com. DOI: 10.1002/ana.23835. Pdf

Kissler J. (2013). Love Letters and Hate Mail - Cerebral Processing of Emotional Language Content. In J. Armony & P. Vuilleumier (Eds.). Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience , pp.304-328. Cambridge University Press.

Kissler J, Herbert C. (2013). Emotion, Etmnooi, or Emitoon? - Faster lexical access to emotional than to neutral words during reading. Biological Psychology . doi:pii: S0301-0511(12)00195-0. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.09.004. Pdf


Keuper K, Zwanzger P, Nordt M, Eden M, Laeger I, Zwitserlood P, Kissler J, Junghöfer M, Dobel C. (2012) How 'love' and 'hate' differ from 'sleep': Using combined EEG/MEG data to reveal the sources of early cortical responses to emotional words. Human Brain Mapping . doi: 10.1002/hbm.22220. Pdf

Kössler S, Steidle L, Engler H, Kissler J. (2012). Stress eliminates retrieval-induced forgetting-Does the oral application of cortisol? Psychoneuroendocrinology . PMID:22688258. Pdf

Laeger I, Dobel C, Dannlowski U, Kugel H, Grotegerd D, Kissler J, Keuper K, Eden A, Zwitserlood P, Zwanzger P. (2012). Amygdala responsiveness to emotional words is modulated by subclinical anxiety and depression. Behavioral Brain Research . 233(2):508-16. Pdf

Zwissler B, Hauswald A, Koessler S, Ertl V, Pfeiffer A, Wöhrmann C, Winkler N, Kissler J. (2012). Memory control in post-traumatic stress disorder: evidence from item method directed forgetting in civil war victims in Northern Uganda. Psychological Medicine , 42(6):1283-91. Pdf


Goepel J, Biehl SC, Kissler J, Paul-Jordanov I. (2011). Pro- and antisaccades in children elicited by visual and acoustic targets - does modality matter? BMC Pediatrics , 2011 Dec 16; 11:116. Pdf

Steinberg C, Dobel C, Schupp HT, Kissler J, Elling L, Pantev C, Junghöfer M. (2011). Rapid and highly resolving: affective evaluation of olfactory conditioned faces. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, PMID: 21671742 .Pdf

Zwissler B, Kössler S, Engler H, Schedlowski M, & Kissler J. (2011). Emotional stimuli, but not  acute psychosocial stress, affect item-method directed forgetting. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95(3):346-54. Pdf

Goepel J, Kissler J, Rockstroh B, Paul-Jordanov I. (2011). Medio-frontal and anterior temporalabnormalities in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during an acoustic antisaccade task as revealed by electro-cortical source reconstruction. BMC Psychiatry ; 11(1):7.Pdf

Kissler J & Kössler S (2011). Pleasant pictures facilitate lexical decisions – An EEG study. Biological Psychology, 86(3):254-64. PMID: 21184799. Pdf

Junghofer M, Kissler J, Schupp HT, Putsche C, Elling L, & Dobel C. (2010). A fast neural signature of motivated attention to consumer goods separates the sexes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00179.Pdf

Koessler S, Wöhrmann C, Zwissler B, Pfeiffer A, Ertl V,& Kissler J. (2011). Does remembering impair forgetting in chronically stressed people? - An experimental study in Ugandan civil war refugees with and without PTSD. Journal of Psychology , 218(2), 71-79. Pdf


Koban L, Ninck M, Li J, Gisler T, & Kissler J (2010). Processing of emotional words measured 4simultaneously with steady state visually evoked potentials and non-invasive optical diffusion wave spectroscopy. BMC Neuroscience, 2010 Jul 27;11:85. Pdf

Hauswald A, Schulz H, Iordanov T. & Kissler J (2010). Neural dynamics underlying successful directed forgetting of neutral but not negative pictures. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2010 Jul 2. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsq061 .Pdf

Adenauer H, Pinösch S, Catani C, Aichinger H, Keil J, Kissler J, Neuner F (2010). Early processing of threat cues in posttraumatic stress disorder - evidence for a cortical vigilance-avoidance reaction. Biological Psychiatry ; 68(5):451-458. Pdf

Herbert C & Kissler J. (2010). Startle reflex modulation during shallow and deep processing of emotional words. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 76(2):64-71. Pdf


Koessler S, Engler H, Riether, & Kissler J. (2009). No retrieval induced forgetting under social stress. Psychological Science, 20(11):1356-1363. Pdf  

Demirakca T, Herbert C, Kissler J, Ruf M, Wokrina T & Ende G. (2009). Overlapping neuronal correlates of reading emotionally positive and negative adjectives. The Open Neuroscience Journal, 3:54-7 .Pdf

Herbert C, Ethofer T, Anders S, Junghöfer M, Wildgruber D, Grodd W & Kissler J. (2009). Amygdala activation during reading of emotional adjectives - an advantage for pleasant content. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience , 4(1):35-49. Epub 2008 Sep 27.Pdf

Kissler J, Herbert C, Winkler I, & Junghöfer M. (2009). Emotion and attention in visual word processing - an ERP study. Biological Psychology 80(1):75-83. Pdf


Li J, Ninck M, Koban L, Elbert T, Kissler J, Gisler T.(2008). Transient functional blood-flow change in the human brain measured non-invasively by diffusing-wave spectroscopy . Optics Letters ;33(19):2233-5. Pdf

Hauswald A & Kissler J. (2008). Directed forgetting of complex pictures in an item method  paradigm. Memory, 27:1-13. Pdf

Kissler J & Keil A. Look-Don’t look! How emotional pictures affect pro- and antisaccades. (2008). Experimental Brain Research, 188(2):215-222. Pdf

Kissler J. & Hauswald A.(2008). Neuromagnetic activity during recognition of emotional pictures. Brain Topography , 20(4):192-204. Pdf

Herbert C, Junghöfer M, & Kissler J. (2008). Event related potentials to emotional adjectives during reading. Psychophysiology, 45(3):487-98. Pdf

Bis 2007

Kissler J, Herbert C, Peyk P, Junghöfer M. (2007). ‘Buzzwords’– Early cortical responses to emotional words. Psychological Science , 18(6), 475-480. Pdf

Herbert C, Kissler J, Junghöfer M, Peyk P, Rockstroh B.(2006) Processing of emotional adjectives - Evidence from startle EMG and ERPs. Psychophysiology, 43(2):197-206. Pdf

Kissler J, Assadollahi R, Herbert C. (2006). Emotional and semantic networks in visual word processing – insights from ERP studies. Progress in Brain Research 156, ‘Understanding Emotions’, pp. 147-184.Pdf

Ethofer T, Anders S, Erb M, Herbert C, Wiethoff S, Kissler J, Grodd W, Wildgruber D.   (2006): Cerebral pathways in processing of affective prosody: A dynamic causal modeling study. Neuroimage , 30(2):580-7. Pdf

Kissler J & Bäuml KH (2005). Memory retrieval in schizophrenia: Evidence from part-list cuing. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society , 11(3):273-80. Pdf

McDowell, JE, Kissler J, Berg P, Dyckman K, Gao Y, Clementz BA. (2005). Combined EEG/MEG study of cortical activities preceding pro- and anti-saccades. Neuroreport, 16(7):663-8 .Pdf

Clementz BA, Keil A, Kissler J. (2004). Aberrant brain dynamics in schizophrenia: delayed buildup and prolonged decay of the visual steady-state response. Brain Research - Cognitive Brain Research ; 18(2):121-9. Pdf

Heim S, Kissler J, Elbert T, Rockstroh B. (2004). Cerebral lateralization in schizophrenia and dyslexia: neuromagnetic responses to auditory stimuli. Neuropsychologia ; 42(5):692-7. (shared first authorship) Pdf

Clementz BA, Dzau JR, Blumenfeld LD, Matthews S, Kissler J. (2003). Ear of stimulation determines schizophrenia-normal brain activity differences in an auditory paired-stimuli paradigm. European Journal of Neuroscience ; 18(10):2853-8. Pdf

Wienbruch C, Moratti S, Elbert T, Vogel U, Fehr T, Kissler J, Schiller A, Rockstroh B. (2003). Source distribution of neuromagnetic slow wave activity in schizophrenic and depressive patients. Clinical Neurophysiology; 114(11):2052-60. Pdf

Fehr T, Kissler J., Wienbruch, C., Moratti, S., Elbert, T., Watzl, H., Rockstroh, B. (2003). Source distribution of neuromagnetic slow wave activity in schizophrenic patients - effects of activation. Schizophrenia Research, 63(1-2):63-71. Pdf

Bäuml KH, Kissler J, Rak A. (2002). Part-list cuing in amnesia - Evidence for a retrieval deficit. Memory & Cognition, 30(6):862-70 .Pdf

Fehr T., Kissler J., Moratti S., Wienbruch C., Rockstroh B., Elbert T., (2001). Source distribution of neuromagnetic focal slow waves and MEG-delta activity in schizophrenic patients. Biological Psychiatry , 50(2): 108-116. Pdf

Rockstroh B., Kissler J., Mohr B., Eulitz C., Lommen U., Wienbruch C., Elbert T., (2001). Altered Hemispheric Asymmetry of Auditory Magnetic Fields to Tones and Syllables in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry , 49(8): 694-703.

Müller M.M., Keil A., Kissler J., Gruber T. (2001). Suppression of the auditory middle-latency response and evoked gamma-band response in a paired-click paradigm. Experimental Brain Research , 136(4): 474-479.

Kissler J., Müller M.M., Fehr T., Rockstroh B., Elbert T. (2000). MEG gamma band activity in schizophrenia patients and healthy subjects in a mental arithmetic task and at rest. Clinical Neurophysiology , 111(11): 2079-87.

Kissler J., Bäuml K.H. (2000). Effects of the beholder's age on the perception of facial attractiveness. Acta Psychologica , 104(2): 145-66.

Kissler J., Clementz B.A. (1998). Fixation stability among schizophrenia patients. Neuropsychobiology , 38(2): 57-62.