PD Dr. Bernhard Pastötter

Building D   Room 314
Phone: +49 (0)651 201 2939

Consultation by appointment (please send an e-mail)

Biographic Sketch

Umhabilitation in Psychology, University of Trier

since 2016
Senior Lecturer at Psychology Department, University of Trier, Head: Prof. Dr. Christian Frings

Senior Lecturer at Psychology Department, University of Regensburg, Head: K.-H. Bäuml

Habilitation in Psychology, University of Regensburg

Lecturer at Psychology Department, University of Regensburg, Head: K.-H. Bäuml

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Regensburg

Research Assistant at Psychology Department, University of Regensburg, Head: K.-H. Bäuml

Diploma in Psychology, University of Regensburg


The lecture “Statistics I” (B1, BSc) covers the basics of psychometrics, descriptive statistics, sampling issues, and inferential statistics. The lecture is held online via Zoom (Wed 12-14).

In the “Empirical Internship” (C2, BSc), students do experimental research using famous false memory paradigms. Students practice the writing of research reports and prepare scientific posters.

In the seminar “Cognition, Emotion, Action” (I1, MSc), students learn about the principles of systematic reviews and conduct a meta-analysis. The examination will be an oral exam.

In the seminar “EEG Data Collection” (L1, MSc), students learn about the EEG method and EEG data collection. The associated seminar “Analysis of EEG Data” (L2, MSc) will take place in the summer semester.

Reviewing Activity

Associate Editor for:

  • Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition

Consulting Editor for:

  • Memory & Cognition

Ad hoc Reviewer for:

  • Acta Psychologica
  • Advances in Cognitive Psychology
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Brain and Cognition
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Cognition
  • Cognition & Emotion
  • Cortex
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • Educational Psychology Review
  • Emotion
  • European Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • International Journal of Psychophysiology
  • Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition
  • Journal of Memory and Language
  • Journal of the American Aging Association
  • Memory
  • Memory & Cognition
  • Metacognition and Learning
  • Nature Communications
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 
  • NeuroImage
  • Neuropsychologia
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Letters
  • Perceptual & Motor Skills
  • PLOS One
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychology Learning and Teaching
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Psychophysiology
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Scientific Reports
  • Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Unterrichtswissenschaft


Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) research group
Psychobiology of Stress, 2017-2023,
Principal investigators: G. Domes, C. Frings, T. Hechler, S. Kamp, J. Meyer, R. Neumann, B. Pastötter, H. Schächinger, E. Walther

German Research Council (DFG) grant (BA 1382/11-1)
Wie selektiv ist gerichtetes Vergessen? 2010-2013,
Principal investigators: K.-H. Bäuml & B. Pastötter


Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

Haciahmet, C. C., Frings, C., & Pastötter, B. (2021). The effect of social-evaluative cold pressor stress on Stroop interference: a time-frequency based approach. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Stage 1 Registered Report, date of in-principle acceptance: 22/09/2021. 10.17605/OSF.IO/SWYVX.

Friehs, M. A., Greene, C. M., & Pastötter, B. (2021). Transcranial direct current stimulation over the left anterior temporal lobe during memory retrieval differentially affects true and false recognition in the DRM task. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54, 4609-4620.

Haciahmet, C. C., Frings, C., & Pastötter, B. (2021). Target amplification and distractor inhibition: Theta oscillatory dynamics of selective attention in a flanker task. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 21, 355-371.

Pastötter, B., Moeller, B., & Frings, C. (2021). Watching the brain as it (un)binds: Beta synchronization relates to distractor-response binding. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 33, 1581-1594.

Runge, Y., Frings, C., Tempel, T., & Pastötter, B. (2021). Electrophysiological correlates of saving-enhanced memory: Exploring similarities to list-method directed forgetting. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54, 6060-6074.

Tempel, T., & Pastötter, B. (2021). Abrufeffekte im Gedächtnis: Ein Überblick zur aktuellen Grundlagenforschung. Psychologische Rundschau, 72, 249-258.

Wirth, M., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T (2021). Oscillatory correlates of selective restudy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15, 679823.

Ergo, K., De Loof, E., Debra, G., Pastötter, B., & Verguts, T. (2020). Failure to modulate reward prediction errors in declarative learning with theta (6 Hz) frequency transcranial alternating current stimulation. PLOS One,15(12): e0237829.

Dignath, D., Kiesel, A., Frings, C., & Pastötter, B. (2020). Electrophysiological evidence for action-effect prediction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149, 1148-1155.

Kliegl, O., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2020). Does amount of precue encoding modulate selective list-method directed forgetting? Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1403.

Pastötter, B., von Dawans, B., Domes, G., & Frings, C. (2020). The forward testing effect is immune to acute psychosocial encoding/retrieval stress. Experimental Psychology, 67, 112-122.

Tempel, T., Frings, C., & Pastötter, B. (2020). EEG beta power increase indicates inhibition in motor memory. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 150, 92-99.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2019). Testing enhances subsequent learning in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 34, 242-250.

Pastötter, B., & Frings, C. (2019). The forward testing effect is reliable and independent of learners’ working memory capacity. Journal of Cognition, 2, 37.

Pastötter, B., Engel, M., & Frings, C. (2018). The forward effect of testing: Behavioral evidence for the reset-of-encoding hypothesis using serial position analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1197.

Pastötter, B., & Frings, C. (2018). It’s the other way around! Early modulation of sensory distractor processing induced by late response conflict. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 985-998.

Pastötter, B., Tempel, T., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2017). Long-term memory updating: The reset-of-encoding hypothesis in list-method directed forgetting. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2076.

Pastötter, B., Eberle, H., Aue, I., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2017). Retrieval practice fails to insulate episodic memories against interference after stroke. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1074.

Kuhbandner, C., Spachtholz, P., & Pastötter, B. (2016). Bad things come easier to the mind but harder to the body: Evidence from brain oscillations. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience,16, 768-778.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2016). Reversing the testing effect by feedback: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 473-488.

Pastötter, B., Kliegl, O., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2016). List-method directed forgetting: Evidence for the reset-of-encoding hypothesis employing item-recognition testing. Memory, 24, 63-74.

Kliegl, O., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2015). The contribution of encoding and retrieval processes to proactive interference. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41, 1778-1789.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2014). Distinct slow and fast cortical theta dynamics in episodic memory retrieval. NeuroImage, 94, 155-161.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2014). Retrieval practice enhances new learning: the forward effect of testing. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 286.

Pastötter, B., Dreisbach, G., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2013). Dynamic adjustments of cognitive control: Oscillatory correlates of the conflict adaptation effect. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 2167-2178.

Pastötter, B., Weber, J., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2013). Using testing to improve learning after severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 27, 280-285.

Pastötter, B., Gleixner, S., Neuhauser, T., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2013). To push or not to push? Affective influences on moral judgment depend on decision frame. Cognition, 126, 373-377.

Kliegl, O., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2013). List-method directed forgetting can be selective: Evidence from the 3-list and the 2-list tasks. Memory & Cognition, 41, 452-464.

Pastötter, B., Kliegl, O., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2012). List-method directed forgetting: The forget cue improves both encoding and retrieval of postcue information. Memory & Cognition, 40, 861-873.

Pastötter, B., Berchtold, F., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2012). Oscillatory correlates of controlled speed-accuracy tradeoff in a response-conflict task. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1834-1849.

Pastötter, B., Schicker, S., Niedernhuber, J., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2011). Retrieval during learning facilitates subsequent memory encoding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 287-297.

Bäuml, K.-H., Pastötter, B., & Hanslmayr, S. (2010). Binding and inhibition in episodic memory - Cognitive, emotional, and neural processes. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 1047-1054.

Pastötter, B., Hanslmayr, S., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2010). Conflict processing in the anterior cingulate cortex constrains response priming. NeuroImage, 50, 1599-1605.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. (2010). Amount of postcue encoding predicts amount of directed forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 36, 54-65.

Kuhbandner, C., Hanslmayr, S., Maier, M. A., Pekrun, R., Spitzer, B., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. (2009). Effects of mood on the speed of conscious perception: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 4, 286-293.

Hanslmayr, S., Leipold, P., Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. (2009). Anticipatory signatures of voluntary memory suppression. The Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 2742-2747.

Pastötter, B., Bäuml, K.-H., & Hanslmayr, S. (2008). Oscillatory brain activity before and after an internal context change - Evidence for a reset of encoding processes. NeuroImage, 43, 173-181.

Bäuml, K.-H., Hanslmayr, S., Pastötter, B., & Klimesch, W. (2008). Oscillatory correlates of intentional updating in episodic memory. NeuroImage, 41, 596-604.

Hanslmayr, S., Pastötter, B., Bäuml, K.-H., Gruber, S., Wimber, M., & Klimesch, W. (2008). The electrophysiological dynamics of interference during the Stroop task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 215-225.

Pastötter, B., Hanslmayr, S., & Bäuml, K.-H. (2008). Inhibition of return arises from inhibition of response processes: An analysis of oscillatory beta activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 65-75.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. (2007). The crucial role of postcue encoding in directed forgetting and context-dependent forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 977-982.

Aslan, A., Bäuml, K.-H. & Pastötter, B. (2007). No inhibitory deficit in older adults’ episodic memory. Psychological Science, 18, 72-78.

Book Chapters

Pastötter, B., Oberauer, K. & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2018). Gedächtnis und Wissen. In A. Kiesel & H. Spada (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch Allgemeine Psychologie, 4. Auflage (S. 121-195). Hogrefe.

Pastötter, B., & Bäuml, K.-H. T. (2010). Retrieval inhibition in autobiographical memory.  In J. H. Mace (Ed.), The act of remembering: Toward an understanding of how we recall the past (pp. 202-227). Wiley-Blackwell.

Research Interests

  • Memory Control
  • Action Control
  • Electrophysiology
  • Stress