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Department of Sports and Health
AG Psychologie und Bewegung
Prof. Dr. Matthias Weigelt
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Prof. Dr. Matthias Weigelt

Prof. Dr. Matthias Weigelt

Psychologie und Bewegung

Head - Professor

+49 5251 60-5300
SP1.416 (Map)
Harsewinkelweg 4
33098 Paderborn
Postal Address:
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

Short CV

Matthias Weigelt studied Sport Science, Social Sciences, and Psychology at the universities in Jena, Charlotteville (USA), and Reading (UK). He completed his doctoral program in psychology, neuropsychology, and sport science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and completed his PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Neurosciences in 2004. After a postdoc position at the City Hospital in Munich-Bogenhausen and at the University of Bielefeld, he was called to the Saarland University and became a professor for sport psychology and movement science in January 2010. In October 2011, Matthias Weigelt moved to the University of Paderborn, where he is now the head of the psychology and movement science research group. His research focuses similarly on basic and applied topics of human performance in daily activities and sports.

10/2016 - today

Professor of Psychology and Movement Science

Head of the Sport Psychology and Movement Science Research Group, Department of Sport & Health Sciences, University of Paderborn

10/2011 - 10/2016

Professor of Sport Psychology

Head of the Sport Psychology Research Group, Department of Sport & Health Sciences, University of Paderborn

01/2010 - 10/2011

Professor of Sport Sciences

Head of the Sport Psychology Research Group, Institute of Sport Science, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken

10/2007 - 12/2009

Assistent Professorship (non-permanent)

Faculty of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Bielefeld University,

(Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack)

10/2009 - 10/2009

Assistent Professor of Sport Psychology and Motor Learning

Call to the Institute of Sport Sciences, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (call declined)

05/2006 - 10/2007

Research Scientist (non-permanent)

Faculty of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Bielefeld University,

(Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack)

01/2006 - 03/2006

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, City Hospital Munich-Bogenhausen

(Prof. Dr. Georg Goldenberg)

07/2004 - 12/2005

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Neurosciences, Munich

(Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prinz)

10/2001 - 07/2004

PhD Programm

Psychology (major), Neuropsychology (minor), Sport Sciences (minor)

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

10/2001 - 07/2004

Research Scientist (PhD student)

Department of Psychology, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Neurosciences, Munich

(Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prinz)

01/2001 - 08/2001

Postgraduate Student

Department of Psychology, University of Reading, England

(Prof. Dr. Gabriele Wulf)

10/1999 - 05/2001

Graduate Student

Master of Education (M.Ed.) for Health and Physical Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

(Prof. Dr. Linda K. Bunker)

10/1996 - 12/2000

Teachers Education Program

for Physical Education and Social Sciences, University of Jena, Germany

(A) Journal Papers (in english)

Güldenpenning, I., Alhaj Ahmad Alaboud, M., Kunde, W., & Weigelt, M. (in press). The impact of global and local context information on the processing of deceptive actions in game sports: Both higher head-fake frequencies and head-fake repetitions reduce the size of the head-fake effect in basketball. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research.

Seegelke, C. & Weigelt, M. (2018). Anticipating different grips reduces bimanual end-state comfort: A tradeoff between goal-related and means-related planning processes. PLoS ONE 13 (1): e0190586. (IF = 3.54)

Polzien, A., Güldenpenning, I., & Weigelt, M. (in press). Visual perception during action observation in combat sports.

Weigelt, M. & Berwinkel, A. (2017). Sport and exercise therapy for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD): Five guiding principles. Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry, 1(1), 1-3.

Güldenpenning, I., Kunde, W., & Weigelt, M. (2017). How to trick your opponent: A review article on deceptive actions in interactive sports. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 917. (IF = 2.463)

Schuetz, C., Weigelt, M., Schack, T. (2017). Motor hysteresis in a sequential grasping and pointing task is absent in task-critical joints. Experimental Brain Research, 235(3), 703-712. (IF = 2,395)

Weigelt, M., Güldenpenning, I., Steggemann-Weinrich, Y., Alhaj Ahmad Alaboud, M., & Kunde, W. (2017). Control over the processing of the opponent’s gaze direction in basketball experts. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24(3), 828-834. (IF = 3,080)

Wunsch, K., Weigelt, M., & Stöckel, T. (2017). Anticipatory motor planning in older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science, 72(3), 373-382. (IF = 3,213)

Schuetz, C., Weigelt, M., Schack, T. (2016). Cognitive costs of motor planning do not differ between pointing and grasping in a sequential task. Experimental Brain Research, 234(7), 2035-2043. (IF = 2,395)

Wunsch, K., Henning, A., Pfister, R., Aschersleben, G. & Weigelt, M. (2016). No interrelation of motor planning and executive functions across young ages. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 1031. (IF = 2.463)

Wunsch, K. & Weigelt, M. (2016). A three-stage model for the acquisition of anticipatory planning skills for grip selection during object manipulation in young children. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 958. (IF = 2.463)

Furley, P., Memmert, D., & Weigelt, M. (2016). „How much is that player in the window? The one with the early birthday?” Relative age influences the value of the best soccer players, but not the best businesspeople. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 84. (IF = 2.463)

Seegelke, C., Hughes, C.M.L., Wunsch, K., van der Wel, & Weigelt, M. (2015). Frames of reference in action plan recall: influence of hand and handedness. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2801-2812. (IF = 2,395)

Noel, B., van der Kamp, J., Weigelt, M., & Memmert, D. (2015). Asymmetries in spatial perception are more prevalent under explicit than implicit attention. Consciousness & Cognition, 34, 10-15. (IF = 2.235)

Schul, K., Memmert, D., Jansen, P., Weigelt, M. (2014). From the wrong point of view! Athletes’ recognition and recall of playing patterns suffers from the misalignment of tactic boards during timeouts in professional basketball. Perception, 43, 811-817. (IF = 1.311)

Wunsch, K., Weiss, D., Schack, T., & Weigelt, M. (2014). Second-order motor planning in children: Insights from a cup-manipulation-task. Psychological Research, 79(4), 669-677. (IF = 2,472)

Lex, H., Weigelt, M., Knobloch, A., & Schack, T. (2014). The functional role of cognitive frameworks on visuomotor adaptation performance. Experimental Brain Research, 46(6), 389-396. (IF = 2,395)

Tirp, J., Baker, J., Weigelt, M., & Schorer, J. 2014). Combat stance in judo - Laterality differences between and within competition levels. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14(1), 217-224. (IF =0.500)

Barela, J.A., Weigelt, M., Polastri, P.F., Godoi, D., Aguiar, S.A., & Jeka, J.J. (2014). Explicit and implicit knowledge of environment states induce adaptation in postural control. Neuroscience Letters, 566, 6-10. (IF = 2,168)

Wunsch, K., Henning, A., Aschersleben, G., & Weigelt, M. (2013). A systematic review of the development of the end-state comfort effect in children. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1(3), 59-76.

Bläsing, B., Brugger, P., Weigelt, M., & Schack, T. (2013). The role of the thumb in the mental rotation of hands. Neuroscience Letters, 534(1), 139-144. (IF = 2,168)

Rosenbaum, D.A., Chapman, K.M., Weigelt, M., Weiss, D.J., & van der Wel, R. (2012). Cognition, action, and object manipulation. Psychological Bulletin, 138(5), 924-946. (IF = 15,575)

Weigelt, M., Memmert, D., & Schack, T. (2012). Kick it like Ballack: The effects of goal-keeping gestures on goal-side selection in experienced soccer players and soccer novices. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 942-956. (IF = 1,502)

Stöckel, T. & Weigelt, M. (2012). Brain lateralisation and motor learning: Selective effects of dominant and non-dominant hand practice on the early acquisition of throwing skills. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 17(1), 18-37. (IF = 1,135)

Lex, H., Weigelt, M., Knoblauch, A., & Schack, T. (2012). Cognitive frames of visuo-motor adaptation. Experimental Brain Research, 223(4), 457-467. (IF = 2,395)

Weigelt, M. & Memmert, D. (2012). Goal-side selection in soccer penalty kicking when viewing natural scenes. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, Article 312. (IF = 2.843)

Knudsen, B., Henning, A., Wunsch, K., Weigelt, M., & Aschersleben, G. (2012). The end-state comfort effect in 3- to 8-year-old children in two object manipulation tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, Article 445. (IF = 2.843)

Stoeckel, T. & Weigelt, M. (2012). Plasticity of human handedness: Decreased on-hand bias and inter-manual performance asymmetry in expert basketball players. Journal of Sport Science, 30, 1037-1045. (IF = 2,100)

Spiegel, M.A., Koester, D., Weigelt, M., & Schack, T. (2012). The costs of changing an intended action: Movement planning, but not execution, interferes with verbal working memory. Neuroscience Letters, 509, 82-86. (IF = 2,168)

Güldenpenning, I., Kunde, W., Weigelt, M., & Schack, T. (2012). Motor expertise modulates the unconscious processing of body postures. Experimental Psychology 59(5), 286-94. (IF = 2,222)

Schuetz, C., Weigelt, M., Odekerken, D., Klein-Soetebier,T., & Schack, T. (2011). Motor control strategies in a continuous task space. Motor Control 15(3), 321-341. (IF = 1,500)

Güldenpenning, I., Köster, D., Kunde, W., Weigelt, M., & Schack, T. (2011). Priming and activation of future states in complex motor skills. Experimental Brain Research, 13(4), 383-391. (IF = 2,395)

Kunde, W., Skirde, S., Weigelt, M. (2011). Trust my face: Cognitive factors of head fakes in sports. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 17(2), 110-127. (IF = 1,754)

Stöckel, T., Weigelt, M., & Krug (2011). Acquisition of a complex basketball dribbling task in school children as a function of bilateral practice order. Research Quarterly for Ex-ercise and Sport, 82(2), 188-197. (IF = 1,100)

Steggemann, Y., Engbert, K., & Weigelt, M. (2011). Selective effects of motor expertise in mental body rotation tasks: Comparing object-based and perspective transformations. Brain and Cognition, 76(1), 97-105. (IF = 3,174)

Weigelt, M., Ahlmeyer, T., Lex, H., & Schack, T. (2011). The cognitive representation of a throwing technique in judo experts – Technological ways for individual skill diagnostics in high performance sports. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 231-235. (IF = 1,900)

Senff, O. & Weigelt, M. (2011). Sequential effects after practice with the dominant and non-dominant hand on the acquisition of a sliding task in school children. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 16(2), 227-239. (IF = 1,135)

Weigelt, M. & Schack, T. (2010). The development of end-state comfort planning in pre-school children. Experimental Psychology. 57(6), 476-482. (IF = 2,222)

Bach, P., Griffith, D., Weigelt, M., & Tipper, S.P. (2010). Gesturing meaning: non-action words activate the motor system. Frontiers in Neurosciences, 4, Article 214. (IF = 2,339 2,906)

Janssen, L., Crajé, C., Weigelt, M., & Steenbergen, B. (2010). Motor planning in bimanual object manipulation: Two plans for two hands? Motor Control, 14, 240-254. (IF = 1,500)

Janczyk, M., Skirde, S., Weigelt, M., & Kunde, W. (2009). Visual and tactile action effects determine bimanual coordination performance. Human Movement Science, 28, 437-449. (IF = 1,775)

Weigelt, M., Rosenbaum, D.A., Hülshorst, S., & Schack, T. (2009). Moving and memorizing: Motor planning modulates the recency effect in serial and free recall. Acta Psychologica, 132, 68-79. (IF =2,255)

Kunde, W., Krauss, H. & Weigelt, M. (2009). Goal congruency without stimulus congruency in bimanual coordination. Psychological Research, 73, 34-42. (IF =2,472)

Wenderoth, N. & Weigelt, M. (2009). Visual cues influence motor coordination: Behavioral results and potential neural mechanisms mediating perception-action coupling. Progress in Brain Research, 174, 179-188. (IF = 3,040)

Zentgraf, K., Weigelt, M., et al. (2009). How are actions physically implemented? Progress in Brain Research, 174, 303-318. (IF = 3,040)

Weigelt, M. (2007). Re-examining structural constraints on the initiation of bimanual movements: The role of starting locations, movement amplitude, and target locations. Human Movement Science, 26, 212-225. (IF = 1,775)

Weigelt, M., Rieger, M., Mechsner, F., & Prinz, W. (2007). Target-related coupling in bimanual reaching movements. Psychological Research, 71, 438-447. (IF = 2,472)

Weigelt, M., Cohen, R., & Rosenbaum, D.A. (2007). Returning home: locations rather than postures are recalled in human object manipulation. Experimental Brain Research, 179, 191-198. (IF = 2,395)

Albert, N., Weigelt, M., Hazeltine, E., & Ivry, R. (2007). Target selection during bimanual reaching to spatial cues is unaffected by the perceptual similarity of the targets. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 1107-16. (IF = 3,061)

Weigelt, M., Schack, T., & Kunde, W. (2007). Attentional focus effects highlight the role of mental representations in motor control. E-Journal Bewegung und Training, 1, 51-52. (IF = .)

Kerzel, D., Weigelt, M., & Bosbach, S. (2006). Processing of incongruent biological motion: all-or-nothing or Step-by-step? Acta Psychologica, 122(3), 267-279. (IF = 2,255)

Weigelt, M., Kunde, W., & Prinz, W. (2006). End-state comfort in bimanual object ma-nipulation. Experimental Psychology, 53(2), 143-148. (IF = 2,222)

Kunde, W. & Weigelt, M. (2005). Goal-congruency in bimanual object manipulation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 31(1), 145-156. (IF = 3,061)

Wulf, G., Weigelt, M., Poulter, D., & McNevin, N.H. (2003). Attentional focus on supra-postural tasks affects balance learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Section A, 56(7), 1191-1211. (IF = 1,964)

(B) Journal Papers (in german)

Klingsieck, K. & Weigelt, M. (2016). „Nein, ich war heute nicht beim Sport" - zur Rolle von Prokrastination im Freizeitsport. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 23(2), 1-9.

Alhaj Ahmad Alaboud, M., Güldenpenning, I., Steggemann-Weinrich, Y., Kunde, W. & Weigelt, M. (2016). Täuschungshandlungen im Sport: Eine experimentelle Untersuchung zum Einfluss der Steigerung der Antwortkomplexität auf den Blicktäuschungseffekt im Basketball. Sportwissenschaft, 46(3), 223-231.

Weigelt, M., Lex. H., Kämpfe, A. & Klingsieck, K. (2016). Schultauglich? Individuelle arbeitsbezogene Verhaltens- und Erlebensmuster von Sportreferendarinnen und –referendaren. Sportunterricht, 65(7), 194-200.

Weigelt, M., Lex. H., Wunsch, K., Kämpfe, A. & Klingsieck, K. (2016). Positive Auswirkungen (gesundheits-)psychologischer Ausbildungsinhalte im Studium auf die arbeitsbezogenen Belastungsmuster von Referendarinnen und Referendaren mit dem Unterrichtsfach Sport. sportunterricht, 65(1), 10-14.

Weigelt, M., Lohbreier, M., Wunsch, K., Kämpfe, A. & Klingsieck, K. (2014). An die Schule, fertig, los! – Als wie belastend erleben Referendarinnen und Referendare mit dem Unterrichtsfach Sport heute den Anfang ihrer Schullaufbahn? sportunterricht, 63(8), 1-6.

Klein-Soetebier, T., Senff, A. & Weigelt, M. (2014). Kein Heimvorteil in der 1. Tischtennisbundesliga der Männer. Sportwissenschaft, 44, 71-77.

Weigelt, M., Berwinkel, A., Steggemann, Y., Machlitt, D. & Engbert, K. (2013). Sport und psychische Gesundheit – Ein Überblick und Empfehlungen für die Sport- und Bewegungstherapie mit depressiven Patienten. Leipziger Sportwissenschaftliche Beiträge, 54(1), 65-89.

Weigelt, M., Steggemann, Y., Machlitt, D. & Engbert, K. (2012). Sport- und Bewegungstherapie bei psychischen Erkrankungen – Eine kritische Reflexion und Handlungsempfehlungen für den Sport mit depressiven Patienten. Psychotherapie im Dialog 13(4), 91-93.

Alhaj Ahmad Alaboud, M., Steggemann, Y., Klein-Soetebier, T., Kunde, W. & Weigelt, M. (2012). Täuschungshandlungen im Sport: Eine experimentelle Untersuchung zur Wirkung der Häufigkeitsverteilung auf die Effektivität der Blicktäuschung im Basketball. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 19(3), 110-121.

Kämpfe, A., Brüne, A., Brandl-Bredenbeck, H.-P. & Weigelt, M. (2012). Psychologische Übungsformen im Schulsport: Eine Perspektive zur Lern und Leistungssteigerung durch verbesserte Selbstregulation. sportunterricht, 61(9), 1-6.

Klein-Soetebier, T., Steggemann, Y. & Weigelt, M. (2011). Effektorspezifische Bahnungsprozesse beim Betrachten von Basketball- und Fußballspielern. Zeitschrift für Sport-psychologie, 18(4), 155-160.

Steggemann, Y. & Weigelt, M. (2011). Der Kopf turnt Saltos...! Selektive Effekte sportlicher Bewegungserfahrung auf die mentale Rotationsleistung von menschlichen Figuren. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 18(3), 133-140.

Stöckel, T., Weigelt, M., Witt, M. & Krug, J. (2009). Reihenfolgeeffekte beim beidseitigen Fertigkeitslernen – Eine Untersuchung zum Schlagwurf im Handball mit Schulkindern. Leipziger Sportwissenschaftliche Beiträge 51(2), 59-73.

Weigelt, M., Ahlmeyer, T., Lex, H., & Schack, T. (2008). Die kognitive Architektur komplexer Bewegungen: Eine Untersuchung zur mentalen Repräsentation der Wurftechnik Uchi-Mata im Judo. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft, 15(1), 97-110.

Schack, T., Stöckel, T., & Weigelt, M. (2008). Kognition und Emotion – Bausteine einer Bewegungsarchitektur. Leipziger Sportwissenschaftliche Beiträge, 49(1), 104-124.

Stöckel, T., Hartmann, C., & Weigelt, M. (2007). Reihenfolgeeffekte für das Erlernen komplexer sportmotorischer Fertigkeiten auf beiden Körperseiten - Eine Basketballuntersuchung bei Schulkindern. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 14(3), 130-135.

(C) Book Chapters (german/english)

Berwinkel, A., & Weigelt, M. (in press). Evaluation von Handlungsempfehlungen für die Sport- und Bewegungstherapie bei depressiven Erkrankungen – Hilft viel Sport auch viel?

Weigelt, M. (in press). A three-stage model on the acquisition of anticipatory planning skills in 3- to 10-year old children. In: D. Corbetta & M. Santello (Eds.), Reach-to-Grasp Behavior: Brain, Behavior, and Modelling across the Life Span (pp. XXX-XXX).

Krause, D., Ramme, K. & Weigelt, M. (im Druck). Erwerb motorischer und sensorischer Kompetenzen. In: B. Klemme, U. Weyland & J. Harms (Hrsg.), Praktische Ausbildung in der Physiotherapie (XX-XX). Thieme Verlag.

Weigelt, M. & Stöckel, T. (2014). Movement. In: R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology (pp. 485-489). SAGE Publications.

Weigelt, M. & Steggemann, Y. (2014). Training von Routinen im Sport. In: K. Zentgraf & J. Munzert (Hrsg.) Kognitives Training im Sport (91-116). Hogrefe Verlag.

Klein-Soetebier, T., Steggemann, Y., & Weigelt, M. (2012). Exkurs Motorisches Lernen: Sensorische und motorische Aspekte der Bewegungskontrolle. In: B. Klemme (Hrsg.). Handbuch Physiotherapie (268-283). Thieme Verlag.

Weigelt, M. (2011). Intelligente Hand- und Kopfarbeit: Ein Beitrag aus der experimentellen Bewegungsforschung. In: D. Nowak (Hrsg.). Gehirn und Hand - Klinik und Rehabilitation von Handfunktionsstörungen in der Neurologie (373-378). Berlin-Heidelberg-New York: Springer-Verlag.

Essig, K., Sand, N., Schack, T., Künsemöller,J., Weigelt, M., & Ritter, H. (2010). Fully-automatic annotation of scene videos: Establishing eye tracking effectively in various industrial applications. In: Proceedings of the SICE Annual Conference (pp. 3304-3307). ISBN: 978-490776463-4.

Weigelt, M. & Steggemann, Y. (2010). Perspektive Bewegung und Informationsverarbeitung. In: R. Brand (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch Sportpsychologie (S. 117-141). Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Weigelt, M. & Stöckel, T. (2009). Lateral preferences and brain asymmetries: Common challenges for sports and finger athletes [A comment on the chapter by Walter Norris]. In: A. Mornell (Ed.), Art in Motion - Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance. Wien: Peter Lang Verlag.

Stöckel, T., Weigelt, M. & Krug, J. (2006). Die optimale Trainingsseite beim Fertigkeitslernen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Aufgabenanforderung. In: M. Raab, A. Arnold, K. Gärtner et al. (Hrsg.), Zukunft der Sportspiele: fördern, fordern, forschen (S. 41-44) [Schriftenreihe Human Performance and Sport, Band 2]. Flensburg: University Press.

Weigelt, M., Bosbach, S., Schack, T. & Kunde, W. (2006). Wenn wir anderen Menschen beim Handeln zusehen, interpretieren wir gleichzeitig auch deren Intention. In: M. Raab, A. Arnold, K. Gärtner et al. (Hrsg.), Zukunft der Sportspiele: fördern, fordern, forschen (S. 49-52) [Schriftenreihe Human Performance and Sport, Band 2]. Flensburg: University Press.

Weigelt, M. (2004). Wenn experimentelle Psychologie auf Sportpädagogik trifft: Untersuchungen zum Bewegungslernen. In: M. Schierz & P. Frei (Hrsg.), Sportpädagogisches Wissen. Spezifik - Transfer - Transformationen (S. 57-64) [Schriften der Deutschen Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft, 141]. Hamburg: Czwalina.

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