Dr. Patrick Fissler

Patrick Fissler studied psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology, clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and the University of Padova, Italy. He gained clinical experience at the neuropsychological section of the Geriatric Centre of Berlin (EGZB) within a six-month internship. Since April 2012 he has been working as a research associate at the department of Clinical & Biological Psychology at the University of Ulm. In his doctor thesis he is investigating the cognitive and neuronal effects of physical and cognitive activities ranging from leisure activities to neuroplasticity-based physical and cognitive exercises.


Patrick Fissler

Patrick Fissler

Uni hospital:
☎ +49-(0)731/500 63089
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Uni Ulm:
☎ +49-(0)731/50 26588
Π  47.2.259

Postal address
Universitätklinikum Ulm
Abt. Neurologie im RKU
Studienzentrum - Patrick Fissler
Oberer Eselsberg 45
89081 Ulm

Consultation hours
on appointment


Research Interests

  • Interventions for the prevention and treatment of dementia
    • Game-based cognitive training
    • Combined cognitive and physical training
    • Coaching for the prevention of dementia
  • Biological mechanisms of cognitive aging
    • Effects of cognitive, social and physical activities on Alzheimer's pathology
    • Biology of cognitive reserve


  • WS 2014/2015: ActiveAging-App: Development and evaluation of a smartphone application for prevention of dementia (project seminar)
  • Summer 2014: Prevention of Dementia: A Lifespan Perspective (project seminar)
  • Winter 2013/14: The Biology of Psychological Disorders (seminar)
  • Summer 2013: Cognitive Training of Executive Function in Healthy Older Adults (project seminar)
  • Winter 2012/13: Game-Based Training of Cognitive Functions (project seminar)


  • Biology of Aging & Lifestyle – Cognitive, social and physical activity & structural connectivity of the aging brain
  • AcitveAging-App – A smartphone application for the prevention of dementia
  • Brains On Games – Game-based training and assessment of cognition
  • Long Lasting Memories – Combining physical and cognitive training


  • Küster, O. C., Fissler, P., Laptinskaya, D., Thurm, F., Scharpf, A., Woll, A., Kolassa, S., Kramer, A. F., Elbert, T., von Arnim, C. A. F., Kolassa, I. T. (2016). Cognitive change is more positively associated with an active lifestyle than with training interventions in older adults at risk of dementia: a controlled interventional clinical trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1), 315. doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1018-z.
  • Bamidis PD*, Fissler P*, Papageorgiou SG*, Zilidou V, Konstantinidis EI, Billis AS, Romanopoulou E, Karagianni M, Beratis I, Tsapanou A, Tsilikopoulou G, Grigoriadou E, Ladas A, Kyrillidou A, Tsolaki A, Frantzidis C, Sidiropoulos E, Siountas A, Matsi S, Papatriantafyllou J, Margioti E, Nika A, Schlee W, Elbert T, Tsolaki M, Vivas AB and Kolassa I (2015). Gains in cognition through combined cognitive and physical training: the role of training dosage and severity of neurocognitive disorder. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 7:152. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2015.00152 [open-access pdf]
  • Fissler, P., Kolassa, I., and Schrader, C. (2015). Educational games for brain health: revealing their unexplored potential through a neurocognitive approach. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1056. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01056 [open-access pdf]
  • Fissler, P., Küster, O., Schlee, W., & Kolassa, I. T. (2013). Novelty interventions to enhance broad cognitive abilities and prevent dementia: synergistic approaches for the facilitation of positive plastic change. Progress in Brain Research, 207, 403-434. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63327-9.00017-5 [Abstract]

*joined first authorship


  • Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
  • Behavioural Brain Research
  • American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Conference and poster presentations

  • Düsseldorf 2015 - Mini-Symposium „Lifestyle-Faktoren bei kognitiver Beeinträchtigung - ein möglicher Ansatz für Interventionsstudien“ auf dem Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurologie 2015: Gesellschaftsspiele als Interventionsmöglichkeit zur Verbesserung der kognitiven Leistung bei älteren Erwachsene (Vortrag)
  • Köln 2015 - gamescom congress 2015: Evaluation, endlich! Messbarkeit und Quantifizierung für Serious Games (Podiumsdiskussion)
  • Mannheim 2015 - Symposium „Better understanding healthy ageing: A trans- and interdisciplinars approach“ des Leibniz-Forschungsverbunds in der Fokus-Gruppe „Aging and Cognition“: Gaming to prevent cognitive decline and dementia: an overview and future perspectives (Vortrag)
  • Bochum 2014 - 49. Kongress der DGPs: Enhancement of Executive Control Using Game-Based Cognitive Training in Healthy Older Adults: Synergy of Traditional Cognitive Interventions (Vortrag)

  • Lübeck 2014 - Psychologie und Gehirn 2014: Verbesserung exekutiver Kontrolle durch einen spielebasierten Trainingsansatz bei älteren Erwachsenen; P. Fissler & I.-T. Kolassa (Posterpräsentation)

  • Rimini 2014 - Next Generation Leaders in Biology of Ageing: Changing Brains with Games: Towards an activity-induced neuropharmacology (Vortrag)

  • Ulm 2013 - European Huntington Disease Network - Symposium on Knowledge gaps in HD: Brains on Games: Training in aging MCI and AD (Vortrag)
  • Ulm 2013 - Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie (DGGG): Dosisabhängige Gedächtnisverbesserung durch ein kombiniertes physisch-kognitives Training (Vortrag)
  • Ulm 2013 - 2. Silver Gaming Kongress Deutschland: Biological mechanisms of physical, social and mental activities in the prevention of dementia (Vortrag)
  • Ulm 2013 - 2. Silver Gaming Kongress Deutschland: Cognitive effects of a combined physical and cognitive exercise intervention in older adults: Results from the Long Lasting Memories project (Vortrag)
  • Berlin 12 - New directions in brain training: Memory enhancement in elderlies using a combined intervention program of cognitive and physical training; W. Schlee, P. Fissler, P. Bamidis, I.-T. Kolassa (Posterpräsentation)

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