Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Ernst Pöppel, ML, MAE

Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

office address

Institut für Medizinische Psychologie
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Goethestr. 31
80336 München

Tel. (office) + 49 89 2180 75 635
Mobile:        +49 172 8808 777

place of birth

date of birth

Schwessin, Pomerania (now Poland)

April 29th, 1940

Academic career


Professor of Medical Psychology (Ordinarius) (Emeritus 2008)


Habilitation in Psychology (Dr. phil. habil.)
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Leopold-Franzens-Universität,
Innsbruck, Austria


Habilitation in Sensory Physiology (Dr. med. habil.)
Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany


Ph.D. in Psychology (Dr. phil.), Innsbruck, Austria

1962 - 1968

Academic Education in Psychology and Biology
Universities at Freiburg/Breisgau, Munich (Germany) and Innsbruck (Austria)

1960 - 1961

Military Service (German Navy)


Abitur (Graduation from High School), Kepler-Gymnasium,
Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany

Positions held

since  2009

Founder and Director of the “Parmenides Center for Art and Science”, Munich
and Pullach im Isartal

since  2007

Member of the International Sounding Board of the "Knowledge and Human Development Authorities" (KHDA), Dubai, UAE

2006 – 2010

Board Member of the “Festo Program of Applied Knowing”,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

since  2002

Guest Professor of Peking University, Department of Psychology, Beijing,China

since  2001

Co-Director of the “Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking”
Capoliveri/Elba – Italy, and Munich – Germany

2000 - 2014

Founder and Director of the “Generation Research Program” (GRP) , Bad Tölz, Germany

since  1997

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Human Science Center,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

1992 – 1997

Member of the Board of Directors, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Responsibilities: Life Sciences (Brain Research and Biotechnology),
Environmental Research, Mathematical Modeling

1977 – 2008

Founder and Chairman of the Institute of Medical Psychology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

1976 – 2008

Professor of Medical Psychology (Ordinarius)

1973 – 1976

Research Associate and Group Leader
Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany

1972 – 1973

Staff Scientist, Neuroscience Research Program (NRP)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/USA

1971 – 1973

Research Associate
Department of Psychology and Brain Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/USA

1969 – 1970

Postdoctoral Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation
Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Neurophysiology,
Munich, Germany

1966 – 1968

Fellowship of the Max-Planck-Society
Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioral Physiology,
Andechs and Seewiesen, Germany

1965 – 1966

NASA Fellowship
Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioral Physiology,
Andechs and Seewiesen, Germany













Member of the Academia Europaea (London) (MAE)

Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jean Henley Memorial Lecture, HAI-Congress Berlin

Overseas Renowned Scholar Lecture Program of Peking University

Honorary Lecturer of the European Society of Radiology, Vienna
Golden Medal of the Peutinger Collegium, Bavaria

Bayerische Verfassungsmedaille in Silber (Bavarian Constitutional Medal in Silver)

Dean of Science of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Humboldt Professor of the University of Ulm

Exhibit in “Deutsches Museum Bonn”

Member of the National Academy of Science ("Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina") (ML)

and thereafter: Guest Professor in Jena /Germany, Nijmwegen /Netherlands,  Madrid /Spain, Edinburgh /UK, Helsinki /Finland, Beijing/China

Offer as Chairman of the National Research Center KFA, Jülich/Germany

J. E. Purkinje Medal of the Czech Medical Societies

Levinson Award of the American Poetry Association

Award of the Association of German Medical Journalists

Offer of Professorship (Chair) of Medical Psycholoy
RWTH Aachen, Germany; rejected

Scheffel-Preis (best student in German in high school)

Memberships (past and present)

Psychonomic Society
International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO)
European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)
European Neuroscience Association (ENA)
Society for Neuroscience
Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Psychologie (past president)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Naturforscher und Ärzte
Deutscher Hochschulverband


since 1968

Lectures, Seminars and Courses in


Medical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychophysics, Sensory Physiology and Special Topics of Philosophy at the

Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

Faculty of Science, Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria

Department of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing, China
Academic supervision:
Habilitation of some 30 scientists from the Institute of Medical Psychology
Approximately 250 doctoral dissertations (Ph.D. and M.D.) and diploma theses of candidates from the Institute of Medical Psychology, Munich (Germany) and the Institute of Psychology, Innsbruck (Austria)

Refereeing activities

   European Research Council (ERC)
   European Union (EU)
   Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
   Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH-Stiftung)
   Bundesminister für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
   Bayerische Forschungsstiftung
   Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG)
   Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
   Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
   Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
   EXPO 2000, Hannover
   Carl Friedrich von Siemens-Stiftung
   National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
   National Institute of Health (NIH), USA
   The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
   Neurosciences Research Program (NRP), Boston, USA
   Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
   RIKEN – Institute, Tokyo / Japan
   Kyoto University, Japan
   The Wellcome Trust, London, UK

Research Activities (Past and Present)


   Visual Perception
   Structure of the Visual Field
   Construction of Spatio-Temporal Maps
   Attentional Control in the Visual Field
   Perception of Brightness and Colour
   Neurophysiological Studies in the Visual Pathway

   Residual vision (“blindsight”)
   Restitution of function after brain injury
   Plasticity and rigidity of neural representations

   Time and Timing
   Experimental description of the “subjective present”
   Experimental description of “system states” of the human brain
   Development of a hierarchical model of temporal perception

   Visual Perception
   Structure of the Visual Field
   Construction of Spatio-Temporal Maps
   Attentional Control in the Visual Field
   Perception of Brightness and Colour
   Neurophysiological Studies in the Visual Pathway

   Description of residual vision ("blindsight")
   Restitution of function after brain injury
   Plasticity and rigidity of neural representations

   Development of a new method to monitor the depth of anaesthesia

   Circadian rhythms in humans; desynchronization of functions
   24-hour-rhythm of physiological and psychological functions

   Development of a taxonomy (classification) of psychological functions
   Description of modes of knowledge and their unifying principles

   Development of a mathematical algorithm for the analysis time series

   Art and Science
   Biological aspects of the arts
   Neuroscientific foundation of esthetics

Publications and Public Appearance

More than 300 publications in internationally reviewed journals and invited                 contributions

Approximately 30 books and monographs as author or editor (for the scientific                 community and for the general public)
More than 1000 presentations worldwide (many for the general public)
Interviews for print media, radio or television and scientific advisor for the international TV  series “The  Magic Universe of the Brain”

International Academic Cooperations (Past and Present)

Peking-University, Department of Psychology; Beijing / China
Chinese Academy of Science; Beijing / China
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama / Japan
Honda Research and Development, Tochigi / Japan
Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Sassoon Hospital, Psychiatric Department, Puna / India
DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Psychology and  Brain Science, and the Neuroscience Research Program / USA
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) / Mexico-City
Nencki-Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw / Poland
Czech Academy of Science, Prague / Czech Republic
University of Innsbruck, Department of Psychology / Austria
Russian Academy of Science, Pawlow-Institute, St. Petersburg / Russia
Center for Speech Pathology and Neurorehabilitation, Moscow / Russia
Russian State University of the Humanities, Moscow / Russia
Lomonosov University, Moscow / Russia
University of Zurich, Zurich / Switzerland