- Professor/Chair -
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer
Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology
May 11, 1945
07473 - 21593
Full Professor of Behavioral Neurobiology and Medical Psychology (C4 Ordinarius)
English, Italian (both fluent)
Education and Training
University of Vienna, Psychology
Ph.D., University of Vienna, (Psychology)
University docent (Privatdozent), University of Munich, (venia legendi in Physiological Psychology)
Institute of Psychiatry, Vienna
Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Middlesex Hospital, London, Department of Psychiatry
appointments and positions
Forschungsassistent (research assistant), Department of Psychology, University of Vienna (Austria)
Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Vienna (Austria)
Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (assistant professor), Institute of Psychology, University of Munich, Dept. of Clinical Psychology
Professor (C4), Department of Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Tübingen, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science
Prodekan (Vice Dean) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science of the University of Tübingen
Invited Visiting Professor at the University of Madison, 9/1981-1/1982 Wisconsin, Institute of Psychology
Offer from the University of Hamburg for a C4 (Full) Professorship in Clinical Psychology
Invited Visiting Professor of Physiological Psychology at the University of Padova, Department of Psychology, Italy
Full Professor of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Psychology, USA
Professor (C4) and Director, Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Faculty of Medicine. Director of the Magnetoencephalography (MEG)-Center
Faculty Member, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences, USA
Adjunct Full Professor of Psychology, Dept. Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
Spring semester 1989
Invited Visiting Full Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology at the University of Padova, Italy (Professore straniero)
Offer of a Full Professorship (C4) at the Charité-Clinic of the Humboldt-University Berlin
Professor of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Physics, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Trento, Italy
Offer for Davimos Eminent Scholar Chair in Brain Sciences, University of Florida, USA
Visiting Professor at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NINDS, Cortical Physiology Unit, Bethesda, MD, USA
Conseliere, IRCCS Ospedale San Camillo, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Venezia-Lido, Italien
Invited Visiting Professor, Complutense University, Madrid and Universitat delle Baleares, Mallorca, Department of Psychology, Spain
Membership in professional Organizations
Society for Neuroscience; American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow; APA Divison 6: Comparative and Physiological Psychology; Fellow, APA Division 1: Society for General Psychology; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR); The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research; The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie und ihre Anwendungen, DGPA, (German Society for Psychophysiological Research); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGfPs, Honorary member (German Society of Psychology); Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Society for Neuroscience, Board member, Vorstandsmitglied 2003-2009); Member of the Claude Bernard Club (USA) (founded by John Basmajian and M.B. Sterman); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Psychologie; Society for Applied Neuroscience (Vice-president)
honors and awards
Elected main area reviewer (Fachgutachter)for physiological psychology and general psychology of the German Research Society (DFG)
President of the European Association for Behavior Therapy (EABT)
President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM)
Roemer Award for outstanding scientific achievements in Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)
Fellow, The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
Fellow, The Society of Behavioral Medicine
Fellow, APA, Divison 6: Comparative and Physiolocial Psychology
Board member, Experimental Division, Biofeedback Society of America, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
Board of directors, Society for Psychophysiological
President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
Chair (Sprecher) of a national research program (Schwerpunktprogramm) of the German Research Society (DFG) "Interoception and Behavior Control"
Member of the board of a special interdisciplinary research program (Sonderforschungsbereich) of the German Research Society (DFG) "Neurobiology of Behavior and its Pathology"
Fachausschußvorsitzender der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) für Psychologie (Main area reviewer of Psychology of the German Research Society DFG)
1992 and 1999
Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Studium des Schmerzes for Research on the Treatment of Chronic Pain (together with H. Flor) and Experiments on Neural Pain Mechanisms
Christian Dornier-Stiftung für Klinische Psychologie (Scientific Board, Board of Directors)
Full Member (Ordentliches Mitglied) of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
Nordmark Neuropharmaka Award for Behavioral Research in Parkinson's disease
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Psychologie-Preis (Psychology Award) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGfP) and the Christoph-Dornier-Stiftung
Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Honorary Citizen of Dolcé, Peri, Volargne (Verona, Italy)
Forschungspreis 2000 für Neuromuskuläre Erkrankungen (Award for Research in Neuromuscular Diseases) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Muskelkranke e.V.
Sertürner Preis, Mundipharma, for research on pain treatment with opiates
Wilhelm-Wundt-Medal of the German Society of Psychology (DGfP, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie)
Member of the Scientific Board of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen
Albert-Einstein-World-Award of Science of the World Cultural Council
Member of the Board (Cognitive Neuroscience): Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (Society for Neurosciences, Germany)
Board Member of the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, USA
President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
Full Member (Ordentliches Mitglied) of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, National Academy of Science
Main Area Reviewer for " Fachkollegium Neurowissenschaft" of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Advisory Board, Sphinx Organisation for African-American Classical Music, Detroit, USA
Distinguished Scientist Award for the Society of Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Honorary doctorship (Dr. h.c), University of Jena
Helmholtz-Award of the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Honorary doctorship (Dr.h.c.), Universidad Complutense, Madrid
Research Activities and Experience
Grant from Stiftung Volkswagenwerk (VW) for "Psychophysiological Methods for the Treatment of Anxiety"
Grants from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society, DFG) for "Behavior Modification and the Psychophysiological Basis of Anxiety"
Grants from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for "Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders"
Grants from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for Behavioral Treatment of Scoliosis
Grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society, DFG) for Slow Cortical Potentials of the Brain and Behavior
Grant from Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) for Treatment of Chronic Pain
Several grants for travel and professorships from Stiftung VW ("Akademiejahr 1989"), DFG, NATO and US-Universities and Humboldt-Society
Several grants from industrial organizations for research in psychopharmacology
Grant from Bosch-Stiftung Behavioral Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Research Group of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): The Clinical Psychophysiology of Pain (Forschergruppe der DFG Klinische Psychophysiologie des Schmerzes)
Grant from the DFG (German Research Society) for "Neuropsychological Treatment of Epilepsy"
Grant from the DFG (German Research Society) for "Neuronal basis of classical conditioning"
Grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for acquisition of a 3 T high-field functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (together with the Clinic of Radiology and Neurology)
Grant from Stiftung Volkswagenwerk "Nachwuchsgruppe Cortical Reorganization and Learning"
Grant from Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT): "Effects of preventive anaesthesia on phantom pain and cortical reorganization"
Grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society (DFG)): "Cortical reorganization in phantom pain"
Grant from the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT): "Neuropathic Pain"
Grant from the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT): "Direct Brain Communication in the Paralyzed"
Grant from NIH (National Institute of Health, USA): "A General Purpose Brain-Computer-Interface System" (together with J. Wolpaw, Wadsworth Center, Albany, N.Y., USA)
Grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the Sonderforschungsbereich 550 and 437 (Special Research Groups lasting 10-12 years:" Recognition and Behavior", "War and Behavior in War")
Grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Government of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Acqusition of a fetal Magnetoencephalograph (fMEG)
Several grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on "Oscillatory Brain Activity and Memory", "Cortical Reorganization in Musicians", "Effects of brain stimulation on behavior"
European Research Council (ERC) grant for Brain-Computer-Interface (together with Rosenstiel) Research in the Paralyzed
Bernstein Center Freiburg-Tübingen of Computational Neuroscience "Hybrid Brain", Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 01GQ0831
European Community, Marie Curie Grant Coordinator, ITN-LAN Initial Training Network: Lateralized Attention Network
EU Humour Grant, Human behavioral modeling for enhancing learning by optimizing human-robot interaction, Grant-Nr. 231724
EU Better Grant, BETTER-BNCI-driven Robotic Physical Therapies in Stroke Rehabilitation of Gait Disorders, Grant Nr. 247935
Extensive teaching in all areas of Behavioral Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, General Psychology, Neuroimaging, Clinical and Medical Psychology, Behavior Modification, Psychopathology, Behavioral Medicine.
Invited keynote speaker at many conferences, universities, and medical institutions in Europe and the United States and Asia
Supervision of numerous dissertations, habilitations and masters' theses
Supervisor of the German Society of Behavior Modification
Therapist of the Ambulance of the Department of Clinical Psychology of the University of Munich (40 patients per year; all kinds of psychological and medical disorders)
Director of clinical program for behavior modification of psychosomatic disorders at the Clinical-Psychological Department of the University of Tübingen
Chief of the Ambulance of the Department of Clinical and Physiological Psychology at the University Tübingen (60 patients per year, mainly medical disorders)
Member of the board of directors of the clinical program for the Psychological Treatment of Scoliosis (together with Prof. N.E. Miller and Prof. B. Dworkin, Rockefeller University, New York)
Director of the Ambulance and Pain Clinic of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology
Director of the Christoph-Dornier-Center of Clinical Psychology, Tübingen
Clinical Supervisor at the Fear Clinic, University of Madison, Department of Psychology
Supervisor of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
Licence of German Medical Insurance Society (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung) as supervisor in behavior therapy (Kassenanerkennung)
Licenced as "Psychologischer Psychotherapeut" by the Government of Baden-Württemberg
Member of "Psychotherapeutenkammer Baden-Württemberg"
Progress in Clinical Psychology (Fortschritte der Klinischen Psychologie. Germ.), Editor
Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, Associate Editor
Psychologische Rundschau, Editorial Board
Archives of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, Co-Editor
Behavioural Analysis and Modification, Editorial Board Psychophysiology, (European Edition) Editorial Board (one issue)
Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie, Editorial Board
Enzyklopädie der Psychologie (Encyclopedia of Psychology), Editor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Associate
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Editorial Board
Encyclopedia for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Advisory Board
Cognitive Processing, International Quarterly of Cognitive Science, Scientific Board
Guest editor, special issues on Brain-Computer-Interfaces: IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering
Associate Editor for Rehabilitation Technology of the Journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (NNR)
Studia Psychologica, Editorial Board
Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics, Editor-in-Chief
Editor-in-Chief: Fronties in Neuroprosthetics (together with Eilon Vaadia)
NeuroImage: Clinical, Editorial Board
Nature, The Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Neuroscience Letters, IEEE-Transactions, Neuroreport, Neuropsychologia, Pain, Biological Psychology, German Journal of Psychology, Psychophysiology, Journal of Psychophysiology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Neurophysiology, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (Clinical Neurophysiology), Biological Psychiatry, The European Journal of Neuroscience, Psycoloquy, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Sleep Research, Brain, Brain Topography, Human Brain Mapping, Theoretical Surgery, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychobiology, Archives of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, Alcoholism, Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, Psychoneuroendo-crinology, NeuroImage, Cognition, Neurology, Psychopharmacology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Neurotherapeutics, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Biology, PLoS One, New Journal of Physics, Current Biology, Trends in Cognitive Science, Stroke, Nature Medicine, Pediatrics, Journal of Neurophysiology
Grant reviewer and member of several study sections, among others (Fachgutachter) for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, NIH (National Institutes of Health), Stiftung Volkswagenwerk (VW), Bosch-Stiftung, NATO, Human Frontiers Science Foundation, British Medical Council, Wellcome Institute, German Ministry of Science and Technology, European Community, Harvard University and other US Universities, German-Israel Fund (GIF).
Neuronal plasticity and learning; Neurophysiological communication systems for motor paralysis (Brain-Computer-Interface); Behavioral medicine of epilepsy, Altered States of Consciousness, Motor Restoration and Learning, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and brain processes; Slow cortical potentials and psychological processes; Analysis and modification of anxiety and antisocial behavior; Self-regulation of electrical and magnetic and metabolic brain processes; Rehabilitation with Brain-Computer-Interfaces in Chronic Stroke; Psychophysiology and behavior modification of chronic pain states; Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging of musical talent; Neural network models of brain activity, cognitive processes and non-linear dynamics; Functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI) and learning; Magnetoencephalography (MEG) of cognitive and emotional processes, fetal brain processes and behavior, diabetes, obesity and brain processes