Prof. Dr.
Christian Fiebach

Professor, Department of Psychology


Department of Psychology
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Theodor W. Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt/Main

+49 (0) 69 798-33534



Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional Brain Imaging, Cognitive Flexibility vs. Cognitive Stability (Working Memory, Executive Functions), Language Processing, Neurocognitive Bases of Individual Differences


2011 – 2016

Managing Director, Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Since 2010

Professor of Neurocognitive Psychology (W3), Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

2009 – 2010

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience (W3), Department of Psychology, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg

2008 – 2015

External Research Fellow, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2006 – 2009

Director, Emmy Noether Research Group, Dept. of Psychology, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg

2003 – 2006

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Helen Wills Institute of Neuroscience and Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

2001 – 2003

Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

1998 – 2001

Doctoral Student, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig


Hilger K, Fukushima M, Sporns O, Fiebach CJ (2019) Temporal stability of functional brain modules is associated with human intelligence. Hum Brain Mapp. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24807

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Armbruster-Genc DJN, Ueltzhöffer K, Fiebach CJ (2016) Neural variability differentially affects cognitive flexibility and cognitive stability. J Neurosci 36(14):3978–3987.

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Ueltzhöffer K, Armbruster-Genc DJ, Fiebach CJ (2015) Stochastic dynamics underlying cognitive stability and flexibility. PLoS Comp Biol e1004331.

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Ekman M, Derrfuss J, Tittgemeyer M, Fiebach CJ (2012) Predicting errors from reconfiguration patterns in human brain networks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109:16714-9.

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Stelzel C, Basten U, Montag C, Reuter M, Fiebach CJ (2010) Fronto-striatal involvement in task switching depends on genetic differences in D2 receptor density. J Neurosci 30:14205-12.

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Basten, U, Biele, G, Heekeren, H, Fiebach, CJ (2010) How the brain integrates costs and benefits during decision making. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107:21767-72.

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Fiebach CJ, Rissman J, D’Esposito M (2006) Modulation of inferotemporal cortex during verbal working memory maintenance. Neuron 51:251-61.

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Coordinating Functions


Organizer, Annual Conference “Psychologie und Gehirn”, June 3 – June 6, 2015, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (together with Jochen Kaiser)

Editorial and Scientific Advisory Board

Since 09/2018

Secretary of the Board of Directors, German Psychological Society

2011 – 2016

Action Editor, Brain and Cognition

Awards, Grants and Honor

2016 – 2018

DFG FI 848/6-1 “Adaptive dynamics of cognitive and behavioral variability in children with ADHD: long-term effects, neuronal bases, and responsivity to intervention)” (with Caterina Gawrilow, Tübingen University)

2016 – 2018

“Lebenssituation und Lebensqualität junger Erwachsener nach schweren Schädelhirntraumen im Kindesalter und stationärer Rehabilitationsbehandlung” (ZNS - Hannelore Kohl Stiftung)

2015 – 2017

DFG FI 848/5-1 “A neuroimaging investigation of attachment in ‘children at risk’“ (with T. Fischmann, M. Leutzinger-Bohleber, Sigmund-Freud-Institute)

2014 – 2019

ERC Consolidator Grant “Language Processing by Overlapping Predictions: A Predictive Coding Appraoch/L-POP”

2011 – 2014

LOEWE Center for Research on “Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk” (IDeA)

2010 – 2015

VIDI grant (NWO, The Netherlands): “Cognitive and neural mechanisms of affective working memory” (Donders Institute for Cognition, Brain and Behavior)

2010 – 2015

BMBF Bernstein-Center Heidelberg/Mannheim, Subproject “Cognitive flexibility vs. stability: Imaging genetics studies of the dual-state model“

2006 – 2012

DFG FI 848/3-1 Emmy Noether research group “Neurocognitive mechanisms of individual differences”


Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Society for the Neurobiology of Language

Bernstein Computational Neuroscience e.V.

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)