Prof. Markus Raab

Prof. Markus Raab


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    Applied Sciences / Human Sciences

During his two graduate studies and his postgraduate phase, Markus published a number of papers on cognition (judgement and decision making) in situations where people have limited time and knowledge. His research was extended to the research topics of problem solving and creativity, where perceptual information and actions change continuously and decisions need to be fast. His interdisciplinary expertise allowed transferring a number of theoretical innovations to the field of movement and cognitive science, thereby establishing a new probabilistic and dynamic theoretical perspective.

He sparked controversy and discussions in international journals, and was invited to lead national and international special journal issues on the bidirectional links between thought and action, which underlie his view of embodiment. He was awarded funding to establish an international platform called Mind and Motion, of 25 top scholars of embodiment. This and another international research platform resulted in books (e.g. Raab, Johnson & Heekeren, 2009) that mark the turning point in psychology and movement science, away from a cognitive-led approach to a more behaviour-led conception of the individual mind.

Besides his contribution to theoretical developments, he has also contributed to methodological innovations. In a recent project (funded nationally and internationally with over a million Euros) he bridged psychological processes and the sensorimotor foundations of such processes by using behavioural data, behaviour simulations and neuroscience methods. Furthermore, he co-developed an option-generation paradigm whereby gaze behaviour and movement responses are analysed in respect to integrated decisions of what to do and how to do it. This work was praised as an exceptional integration of field and laboratory research in the area of expertise development by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman (2009).

Additionally, he is the Head of the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University and the Head of the Department Performance Psychology. The main focus of the research program is on sensorimotor and cognitive behaviour from a psychological perspective.

The main focus his research is on the behavioural level (with some interest in neuropsychological research) and is two-fold:

  • Motor Learning and Motor Control (including interests in implicit/explicit learning, feedback and instruction, sensorimotor integration in pursuit tracking, embodiment and embodied cognition)
  • Judgment and Decision Making in Sports (including dynamic models of Simple heuristics, Decision Field Theory, sampling, predicting sport outcomes, option generation)

Most recent funding:

  • PI - Coaching education evaluation. 2010-2012, ca. 120.000 Euro, German Soccer Association (DFB), Institute is part of the psychological education of German Soccer coaches
  • PI - Focal dystonia in music and sport. 2010-2012, ca. 120000 Euro, German Research Foundation (DFG). Klämpfl et al., 2013
  • PI - Acustic reafference. 2011-2013, German Research Foundation (DFG), Mauro et al., 2012
  • PI - The yips in Golf. 2012-2013. German Institute of Sport Science (BISp), ca. 40.000 Euro. Yips prevention education in the German Golf association
  • PI - TMS_EEG_EMG Infrastructure grant, 2009-2013, ca. 236000 Euro. German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • PI - Freedom for Research program, 2013-2014, ca. 80000 Euro, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Most recent publications

Ewolds, H and Broeker, L and De-Oliveira, RMF and Raab, M and Kunzell, S Implicit and explicit knowledge both improve dual task performance in a continuous pursuit tracking task. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. 1-11. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02241

Loeffler, J and Raab, M and Cañal-Bruland, R Walking Back to the Future.. Experimental Psychology, 64. 346-358. DOI 10.1027/1618-3169/a000377

Broeker, L and Kiesel, A and Aufschnaiter, S and Ewolds, HE and Gaschler, R and Haider, H and Künzell, S and Raab, M and Röttger, E and Thomaschke, R and Zhao, F Why prediction matters in multitasking and how predictability can improve it. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02021

Künzell, S and Broeker, L and Dignath, D and Ewolds, H and Raab, M and Tomaschke, R What is a task? An ideomotor perspective. Psychological Research, DOI 10.1007/s00426-017-0942-y

Broeker, L and Liepelt, R and Poljac, E and Künzell, S and Ewolds, H and de Oliveira, RF and Raab, M Multitasking as a choice: a perspective. Psychological Research, DOI 10.1007/s00426-017-0938-7

Pizzera, A and Hohmann, T and Streese, L and Habbig, A and Raab, M Long-term effects of acoustic reafference training (ART).. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-10. DOI 10.1080/17461391.2017.1381767

Raab, M Motor heuristics and embodied choices: how to choose and act. Current Opinion in Psychology, 16. 34-37. DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.02.029

Raab, M and Büsch, D and Schorer, J Taktik und Taktiktraining. In: Handbuch Trainingswissenschaft - Trainingslehre. Hofmann-Verlag, Schorndorf, Germany, pp. 291-301. ISBN 9783778040041

Raab, M and Loeffler, J and Canal-Bruland, R Walking back to the future: The impact of walking b 1 ackward and forward on spatial 2 and temporal concepts. Experimental Psychology,

Loeffler, J and Raab, M and Cañal-Bruland, R Does movement influence representations of time and space?. PLoS One, 12. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0175192

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Member of the German Association of Sport Science (dvs), the German Association of Sport Psychology (asp), the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the Canadian Society for Psychomotoric Learning and Sport psychology (SCAPPS), German Society for Psychology, the Psychonomic Society and the Brunswick Society.

Vice president of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Institute of Sport Sciences from the Minister of the Interior.

Member of the Managing Council of the European Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) since 2011.

Member of the Managing Council of the German Sport Psychologist (asp) since 2013.

European Psychology Association, Member of the Task Force EU grants since 2013.

  • Editor-in-Chief (2009-2012 of the Journal of Sport Psychology)
  • Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Section Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (IJSEP, Section: Expertise and Information Processing Issues)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal "Psychology of Sport & Exercise" (PSE)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board (Journal of Sport Psychology, since 2013)
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