Christoph Bledowski
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Christoph Bledowski

Priv.-Doz., Dr. phil. nat., Dipl.-Psych.,  Assistant professor 

Institute of Medical Psychology
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 10
Building 93A, Room A40
60528 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: 069-6301 4533
Fax: 069-6301 7606

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2004 Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Head: Jochen Kaiser
2008  Visiting Scientist, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK, Programme leader: James Rowe

2001-2004 PhD Student  Tandem project of Max-Planck-Institute of Brain Research in Frankfurt and Department of Psychiatry, Goethe University Frankfurt, Head: David Linden


2012 Priv.-Doz. (habilitation), Psychology, University Frankfurt
2006 Dr. phil. nat. (PhD), Psychology, University Frankfurt

2001 Diplom, Psychology, University Bonn

1998 Vordiplom, Psychology, University Freiburg

Research Interests

I investigate human working memory using behavioral measures and neuroimaging methods such as fMRI, MEG and EEG. The focus of my work is on basic operations in working memory, their relation to attention and long-term memory and their neuronal basis.


Limitations of working memory
Neuronal basis of visual and auditory working memory
Attentional and mnemonic processes in working memory
Chemotherapy-related cognitive impairments


2021-2024 Three-year grant of the German Research Society (DFG) for the project "Neuronal basis of feature bindings in visual working memory"

2016-2019 Three-year grant of the German Research Society (DFG) for the project "Decoding spectral and spatial information in auditory working memory"

2014-2014 One-year grant for the project "Neuronal basis of item precision in working memory" within the framework of the LOEWE "Neuronal Coordination Research Focus Frankfurt (NeFF)".

2013-2013 Financial support for the project “Contextual control of mental representations in working memory” within the framework of the LOEWE "Neuronal Coordination Research Focus Frankfurt (NeFF)".

2012-2013 MainCampus educator grant of the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main

2011-2014 Three-year grant of the German Research Society (DFG) for the project "Neuronal correlates of focus updating in working memory"

2008-2008 Post-doctoral research fellowship of the German Research Society (DFG) for a six-month research stay at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK

2007-2009 Intramural Young Investigator grant, Frankfurt Medical Faculty


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Journal Articles

Deutsch, P., Czoschke, S., Fischer, C., Kaiser, J. & Bledowski, C. (2023). Decoding of working memory contents in auditory cortex is not distractor-resistant. Journal of Neuroscience, 43(18):3284–3293.

Czoschke, S., Peters, B., Kaiser, J. & Bledowski, C. (2023). Interference between items stored for distinct tasks in visual working memory. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 85, 1461–1473.

Czoschke, S., Fischer, C., Bahador, T., Bledowski, C. , Kaiser, J. (2021). Decoding concurrent representations of pitch and location in auditory working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 41(21):4658–4666.

Erhart, M., Czoschke, S., Fischer, C., Bledowski, C., Kaiser, J. (2021). Decoding spatial versus non-spatial processing in auditory working memory. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15, 637877.

Peters, B., Kaiser, J., Rahm, B., Bledowski C. (2021). Object-based attention prioritizes working memory contents at a theta rhythm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 150, 6, 1250–1256.

Fischer, C., Czoschke, S., Peters, B., Rahm, B., Kaiser, J., Bledowski, C. (2020). Context information supports serial dependence of multiple visual objects across memory episodes. Nature Communications, 11, 1932. , DOI: See also Goethe University press release [English][German].

Czoschke, S., Peters, B., Rahm, B., Kaiser, J., Bledowski, C. (2019). Visual objects interact differently during encoding and memory maintenance. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12349

Peters, B., Rahm, B., Kaiser, J. Bledowski C. (2019). Differential trajectories of memory quality and guessing across sequential reports from working memory. Journal of Vision, 19(7):3, 1–14. DOI: 10.1167/19.7.3

Czoschke, S., Fischer, C., Beitner, J., Kaiser, J. Bledowski C. (2019). Two types of serial dependence in visual working memory. British Journal of Psychology, 110, 256-267. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12349

Peters, B., Rahm, B., Czoschke, S., Barnes, C., Kaiser, J., Bledowski C. (2018). Sequential whole report accesses different states in visual working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44, 588-603.

Kaiser J., Rieder M., Abel C., Peters B., Bledowski C.(2017). Pre-encoding gamma-band activity during auditory working memory. Scientific Reports, 7:42599.

Galeano Weber E.M., Peters, B., Hahn T., Bledowski C., Fiebach C.J. (2016) Superior intraparietal sulcus controls the variability of visual working memory precision. Journal of Neuroscience 36, 5623-35.

Peters B., Bledowski C.Rieder M., Kaiser J. (2016). Recurrence of task set-related MEG signal patterns during auditory working memory. Brain Research , 1640(Pt B), 232-42.

Peters, B., Kaiser, J., Rahm, B., Bledowski, C. (2015). Activity in human visual and parietal cortex reveals object-based attention in working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 3360-3369.

Kaiser J., Bledowski C., Dietrich J. (2014). Neural correlates of chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. Cortex , 54:33-50.

Rahm B., Kaiser J., Unterrainer J.M., Simon J., Bledowski C.(2014). fMRI characterization of visual working memory recognition. Neuroimage, 15;90:413-22.

Bledowski C., Kaiser J., Wibral M., Erzberger K., Rahm B. (2012). Separable neuronal bases for subprocesses of recognition in working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 22:1950-8.

Bledowski C., Kaiser J., Rahm B. (2010). Basic operations in working memory: contributions from functional imaging studies. Behavioural Brain Research, 214, 172-179.

Bledowski C., Rahm B., Rowe B.R. (2009). What 'works' in working memory? Separate systems for selection and updating of critical information. Journal of Neuroscience , 29, 13735-13741.

Wibral, M., Bledowski, C., Kohler, A., Singer, W.& Muckli, L (2009). The timing of feedback to early visual cortex in the perception of long-range apparent motion. Cerebral Cortex , 19, 1567-82.

van de Ven, V., Bledowski, C., Prvulovic, D., Goebel, R., Formisano E., Linden, D. E. J., Di Salle, F. & Esposito, F. (2008). Components of functional connectivity in an active oddball task using self-organizing group-level ICA. Human Brain Mapping, 29:1450–1461.

Wibral, M., Turi, G., Linden, D. E. J., Kaiser, J. & Bledowski, C.(2008). Decomposition of working memory-related scalp ERPs: Comparison of fMRI-constrained source analysis and ICA. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 67, 200-211.

Forstmann, B. U., Ridderinkhof, K. R., Kaiser, J. & Bledowski, C.(2007). At your own peril: An ERP study of voluntary task-set selection processes in medial frontal cortex. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience , 7, 286-296.

Bledowski C., Linden, D. E. J., Wibral M.(2007). Combining electrophysiology and functional imaging –different methods for different questions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 500-502.

Mayer, J., Bittner, R. A, Nikolic, D., Bledowski, C., Goebel, R. & Linden, D. E. J. (2007). Common neural substrates for visual working memory and attention. Neuroimage, 36, 441–453.

Altmann, C. F., Bledowski, C., Wibral, M. & Kaiser, J. (2007). Processing of location and pattern changes of natural sounds in the human auditory cortex. NeuroImage, 35, 1192-1200.

Kaiser, J., Altmann, C. F., Bledowski, C.& Naumer, M. J. (2007). Praktische Übungen zur Psychophysiologie im Kurs Medizinische Psychologie. GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung, 24, Doc108.

Bledowski, C., Cohen Kadosh, K., Wibral, M., Rahm, B., Bittner, R. A., Hoechstetter, K., Scherg, M., Maurer, K., Goebel, R. & Linden, D. E. J. (2006). Mental chronometry of working memory retrieval: A combined fMRI and ERP approach. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 821-829.

Bledowski, C., Prvulovic, D., Hoechstetter, K., Scherg, M., Wibral, M., Goebel, R. & Linden, D. E. J. (2004). Localizing P300 generators in visual target and distractor processing: A combined event-related potential and functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 9353-9360.

Bledowski, C., Prvulovic, D., Goebel, R., Zanella, F. E. & Linden, D. E. (2004). Attentional systems in target and distractor processing: a combined ERP and fMRI study. Neuroimage, 22, 530-540 .

Book chapters

Wibral M., Bledowski C., Turi G.(2010): Integration of separately recorded EEG/MEG; in Ullsperger M., Debener S "Simultaneous EEG and fMRI: Recording, Analysis, and Application". Oxford University Press..