CITEC Scientist Defends Post-Doctoral Habilitation

Dirk Koester successfully qualified as a university professor with his habilitation on the structure of mental systems

Dr. Dirk Koester with his post-doctoral habilitation thesis and habilitation degree certificate from Bielefeld University. Photo: CITEC/Bielefeld University On 4 May 2016, neuroscientist Dr. Dirk Koester successfully held his post-doctoral habilitation lecture. Following his presentation, he discussed his work with representatives from the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences, as well as members from other faculties. His post-doctoral habilitation lecture was entitled “Control of Complex Human Actions – Studies and Current Approaches in Research,” and the title of his post-doctoral habilitation thesis is “Hierarchy, Sequence, Function: A contribution to the architecture of the human neurocognitive system.” After Dr. Koester’s presentation and colloquium, Professor Dr. Stefan Fries, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science, awarded him his university teaching qualification.

Koester is a member of the “Neurocognition and Movement – Biomechanics” working group, which is headed by Professor Dr. Thomas Schack. In his post-doctoral habilitation thesis, Koester deals with traditional psychological research in relation to action control. In simplified terms, he transfers the psychological principles of simple reactions, such as pressing a button, to complex full-body movements, such as a handball goalie defending the goal from an incoming ball.

Dirk Koester studied psychology at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz and at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Max-Planck Institute for cognitive neuroscience in Leipzig in the department of neuropsychology. Before coming to CITEC, Dr. Koester worked as a scientist at Maastricht University, the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and the F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

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