Universität Bielefeld

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack

Bielefeld University
Department of Sport Science
Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics
PF 100131
33501 Bielefeld

Room: UHG N3-120
Phone: 0521/106-5127
Fax: 0521/106-6432

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Topics in research and teaching

  • Neuro-cognitive architecture of complex movements
  • Manual intelligence
  • Mental representation and performance
  • Motor learning and movement development in physical and virtual reality
  • Mental control and anxiety in sports
  • Expertise
  • Mental training
  • Dynamic testing
  • Cognitive Action Assistance Systems
  • Self-management and leadership training

Curriculum Vitæ

08/2008 - present Head of the CITEC Graduate School
10/2007 - present Principal Investigator (PI) im Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" CITEC (DFG-Excellenzcluster 277)
since 11/2005 Professorship "Neurocognition and Action" at Bielefeld University (W3)
2004 - 2005 Deputy professorships at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (C4), at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (W3) and at Bielefeld University (W3)
2002 - 2005 Associate Professor (Hochschuldozent, C2) ; German Sport University Cologne
2002 Habilitation (permission to teach), Venia legendi in Psychology Title of the thesis: Cognitive architecture of human motion
1999 Diploma Psychology; University of Leipzig
1996 - 2002 Research Associate (C 1) at the Psychological Institute; German Sport University Cologne
1996 Doctorate in Philosophy (Dr. phil) at Technische Universität Chemnitz Topic of the doctoral thesis: Mental training to develop action control in children
1994 - 1996 Research Assistant at Technische Universität Chemnitz
1992 - 1994 Scholarship for Experimental Psychology from the Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany (Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft)
1990 - 1992 PhD student (state grant)
1990 Diploma Sportscience at University of Pedagogical Sciences, Zwickau
1988 - 1991 Studies in philosophy in Leipzig (University Leipzig) and Munich (Philosophical University Munich)
1985 Certificate as a exercise instructor (Übungsleiter) in weightlifting
1984 Certificate as an athletics exercise instructor (Übungsleiter)
1982 Vehicle mechanic


  • Vice president of the International Society of Sportpsychology (ISSP)
  • Principal Investigator (PI) an Co-coordinator in the research field "Attentive Systems" of the Excellence Center "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC)
  • Head of the international and interdisciplinary CITEC graduate school with around 120 PhD-students and Postdocs
  • Associate member of the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab, founded in 2007)
  • PI in the EU-Project "AMARSI" (2010 - 2014)
  • PI in the BMBF-Project "Kognihome"
  • Head of the BMBF-Project "ADAMAAS"
  • Head of the CITEC-Large Scale Project (LSP) "Famula"
  • Head of the CITEC-Large Scale Project (LSP) "ICSpace"
  • Head of the CEEGE-Project funded by the German Research Foundation DFG and the French Research Foundation ANR
  • Head of different CITEC Interdiciplinary projects: IP 19 - Brain-Machine-Interfaces / IP 24 - Visuo-Haptic-Task Learning
  • CITEC Innovative Research Project Cognitive Control (SP 07); Other research projects, e. g. "ACT" in cooperation with Bethel (European largest caregiver "von Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten, Bethel")

Excellence Certificates

  • Scientific Award of the German Society of Sport (second price, 2004) for the Habilitation "Cognitive architecture of complex movements" (German Society of Sportscience)
  • TOYOTA-Scientific Award (2002) (Wissenschaftspreis) for the Habilitation: "Cognitive architecture of complex movements" (TOYOTA, Germany; German Sportuniversity Cologne, Germany)
  • Kurt-Meinel-Special-Award (1998) for an paper and a presentation in the "Kurt Meinel" - young investigator competition
  • Karl-Hofmann-Publication-Award (First Price, 1997) for the best Dissertation in Sportscience (1995-1997)
  • Bernstein - Award (1996) (best lecture of an young investigator; German Society of Sportscience)


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