Fachgebiet Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Thomas Lachmann, Dipl.-Psych.


Phone+49 (0)631 / 205 5032
mobile+49 (0)151 / 2263 9969
building57, Room 528


SENIOR RESEARCH AFFILIATE at the Centro de Ciencia Cognitiva

Facultad de Lenguas y Educación

Universidad Nebrija Madrid, Spain


GUEST PROFESSOR at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

University of Leuven (KU), The Netherlands

Curriculum Vitae

since 2014
Head of Center for Cognitive Science, Director of Graduate School of Cognitive Science, Speaker of Research Initiative (Universitärer Potentialbereich Cognitive Science)
2011-2013Dean for Research
2008-2011Senator (university board, senat) and Dean
since 2006Full Professor of Psychology (chair) at the University of Kaiserslautern, Head of Department
2005Professor of Psychology at the University of Bamberg
2004Habilitation (Dr. habil.)
2001-2011Visiting Scientist at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute Wako-shi (Tokio), Japan
1998-2005Postdoc (Assistant Professor, C1)
1998Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.)
1997-1998Teaching assistant at the University of Leipzig
1997Study and research period at the Center for Human Information Processing at the University of California at San Diego (Prof. W. McGill, Prof. H. Pashler)
1995Diploma, Graduate Student program at the University of Leipzig, Institute of Cognitive Psychology (Supervisor: Prof. H.G.Geissler)
1992Study and research period at the Center for Human Information Processing at the University of California at San Diego (Prof. J.O.Miller)
1990-1995Study of Psychology at the Universities of Rostock and Leipzig

Research Grants

Grants from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), State and Federal Ministries of Science (BMBF, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, Sachsen, Brandenburg), German Israel Foundation of Research and Science, German Academic Exchange Service, scientific institutions and industry, in total of about 6 Million Dollars.

Featured Publications

Beese, N. O., Rodriguez, F. S., Spilski, J. and Lachmann, T. (2021) Development of a Digital Video-based Occupational Risk Assessment Method. Front. Public Health - Occupational Health and Safety,9. Download here.

Costa K.S.F., Ribeiro, L.M., de Jesus, J.A.L., Costa, K.N., Fernandes, G.M., Spilski, J., Lachmann, T., Tristão, R.M. (in press). Olfactory sensory evaluation in new-born children of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy. Journal of Human Growth and Development.

Rodriguez, F., Saleem, K., Spilski, J., & Lachmann, T. (2021) Performance differences between instructions on paper vs digital glasses for a simple assembly task. Applied Ergonomics, 94 (103423). Download here.

Beck, A.-K., Czernochowski, D., Lachmann, T., & Berti, S. (2021). Do categorical representations modulate early perceptual or later cognitive visual processing? An ERP study. Brain and Cognition, 150, 105724. Download here.

Ventura, P., Bulajić, A., Wong A. C .N, Leite. I., Hermens, F., Pereira, A., & Lachmann, T. (2021) Face and word composite effects are similarly affected by priming of local vs. global processing. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 83, 2189–2204, Download here.

Konerding, M., Bergström, K., Lachmann, T., & Klatte, M. (2021) Effects of the Computer-Based Grapho-Phonological Training Lautarium in Children with Developmental Dyslexia. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 70(4). Download here.

Vágvölgyi, R., Bergström, K., Bulajić, A., Klatte, M., Rüsseler, J., Grosche, M., Hüttig, F., Fernandes, T., Lachmann, T. (2021). Functional illiteracy and developmental dyslexia: Looking for common roots. A systematic review. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science. doi.org/10.1007/s41809-021-00074-9. Download here.

Konerding, M., Bergström, K., Lachmann, T. & Klatte, T. (2020): Effects of computerized grapho-phonological training on literacy acquisition and vocabulary knowledge in children with an immigrant background learning German as L2. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science. doi.org/10.1007/s41809-020-00064-3. Download here

Rodriguez, F., & Lachmann, T. (2020). Systematic review on the impact of intelligence on cognitive decline and dementia risk. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 658. Download here.

Schmitt, A., & Lachmann, T. (2020). Skilled readers show different serial-position effects for letter versus non-letter target detection in mixed-material strings. Acta Psychologica, 204. Download here

Schmitt, A., Lachmann, T., & van Leeuwen, C. (2019). Lost in the forest? Global to local interference depends on children’s reading skills. Acta Psychologica, 193, 11-17. Download here

Nikolaev, A. R., Beck, A.-K., Theobald, S., Lachmann, T. (corr. author), & van Leeuwen, C. (2020). Factoring in the spatial effects of symbolic number representation. Biological Psychology, 149, 107782. Download here

Bulajić, A., Despotović, M., & Lachmann, T. (2019). Understanding functional illiteracy from a policy, adult education, and cognition point of view: Towards a joint referent framework. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie (Journal of Neuropsychology), 30, 109-122. Download here

Rodriguez, F., Spilski, J., Hekele, F., Beese, N., & Lachmann, T. (2019). Physical and cognitive demands of work in building construction. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 27, 745-764. Download here

Reinhard, R., Shah, G. K., Faust-Christmann, C. A., & Lachmann, T. (2019). Acting your avatar’s age: Effects of virtual reality avatar embodiment on real life walking speed. Media Psychology, 23, 293-315. Download here

Rodriguez, F., Spilski, J., Schneider, A., Hekele, F., Lachmann, T., Ebert, A., & Rupprecht, F. (2019). Relevance of the assessment mode in the digital assessment of processing speed. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Psychology, 41, 730-739. Download here

Ludowicy, P., Czernochowski, C., Weis, T., Haese, A., & Lachmann, T. (2019). Neural correlates of feedback processing during a sensory uncertain speech - nonspeech discrimination task. Biological Psychology, 144, 103-114. Download here

Memberships and Affiliations

Editor: Associated editor Cognitive Processing  (Springer)

Reviews for indexed journals: Developmental Science; Psychological Bulletin; Psychological Review; Research in Developmental Disabilities; Consciousness and Cognition; Brain Structure and Function; Psychonomic Bulletin and Review; Human Brain Mapping; Brain and Language; Brain Research; NeuroImage; Acta Psychologica; Journal of Memory and Language; Neurocase; Neuropsychologia; Dyslexia-An interdisciplinary Journal; Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie; Journal of Neuropsychology; Perception and Psychophysics; Cognitive Science; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; Psychology Science; Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition; Cognitive Processing; Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience; Clinical Neuropysiology; Frontiers in Psychology; Learning and individual differences; Frontiers in Cognitive Science; Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und pädagogische Psychologie; International Journal of Mind, Brain and Cognition; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; Psychologie in Eriehung und Unterricht; Reading and Writing; Education Research; Neuroscience Journal; Gestaltpsychology Journal; PlosOne, and others.

Reviews for funding and projects (above 250,000 USD): Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Wellcome Trust, Österreichische Nationalbank, German-Israeli-Foundation (GIF), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Austrian Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF, Sparkling Science)

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