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Carmona, I., Ortells, J. J., Kiefer , M., & Estévez, A. F. (2020). Electrophysiological correlates of the differential outcomes effect in visual short-term memory. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 155, 184-193, doi 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2020.06.010

Harpaintner, M., Sim, E.-J., Trumpp, N. M., Ulrich, M. & Kiefer, M.. (2020). The grounding of abstract concepts in the motor and visual system: An fMRI study. Cortex, 124. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.10.014.
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Harpaintner, M., Trumpp, N. M., & Kiefer, M.. (in press). Time course of brain activity during the processing of motor- and vision-related abstract concepts: Flexibility and task-dependency. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-020-01374-5
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Kiefer, M., & Harpaintner, M. (2020). Varieties of abstract concepts and their grounding in perception or action. Open Psychology, 2, 119-137, doi: 10.1515/psych-2020-0104.
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Kuhnke, P., Kiefer, M., & Hartwigsen, G. (2020). Task-dependent recruitment of modality-specific and multimodal regions during conceptual processing. Cerebral Cortex, 30(7), 3938-3959. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa010.
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Kuhnke, P., Beaupain, M. C., Cheung, V. K. M., Weise, K., Kiefer , M., & Hartwigsen, G. (2020). Left posterior inferior parietal cortex causally supports the retrieval of action knowledge. NeuroImage, 219, 117041, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117041

Mayer, C., Waller, S., Budde-Sprengler, N., Braunert, S., Arndt, P. A., Kiefer, M. (2020). Literacy training of kindergarten children with pencil, keyboard or tablet stylus: The influence of the writing tool on reading and writing performance at the letter and word level. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:3054, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.03054.
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Sanwald, S, Montag, C., & Kiefer, M. (2020). Depressive emotionality moderates the influence of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism on executive functions and on unconscious semantic priming. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 70(5), 699-712, doi: 10.1007/s12031-020-01479-x.
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Sanwald, S., Gahr, M., Widenhorn-Müller, K., Schönfeldt-Lecuona, C., Richter, K., Connemann, B. J., Kammer, T., Montag, C., & Kiefer, M. (2020). Relation of promoter methylation of the oxytocin gene to stressful life events and depression severity. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 70(2), 201-211. doi: 10.1007/s12031-019-01446-1.
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Sanwald, S., Widenhorn-Müller, K., GenEmo Research Group, Montag, C., & Kiefer , M. (in press). Relation of promoter methylation of the structural oxytocin gene to critical life events in Major Depression: A case control study. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Sim, E. J., Harpaintner, M., & Kiefer , M. (2020). Is subliminal face processing modulated by attentional task sets? Evidence from masked priming effects in a gender decision task Open Psychology, 2, 76-89, doi: 10.1515/psych-2020-0006.
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Kiefer, M. (2019). Cognitive control over unconscious cognition: Flexibility and generalizability of task set influences on subsequent masked semantic priming. Psychological Research, 83(7), 1556-1570.doi:10.1007/s00426-018-1011-x.
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Kiefer, M., Trumpp, N. M., Schaitz, C., Reuss, H., & Kunde, W. (2019). Attentional modulation of masked semantic priming by visible and masked task cues. Cognition, 187, 62-77, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.02.013.
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Sanwald, S., Widenhorn-Müller, K., Wernicke, J., Sindermann, C., Kiefer, M., Montag, C. (2019). Depression is associated with the absence of sex differences in the 2D:4D ratio of the right hand. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10:483, doi 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00483.
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Popp, M., Trumpp, N. M., & Kiefer, M. (2019). Processing of action and sound verbs in context: An fMRI study. Translational Neuroscience, 10, 200-222, doi 10.1515/tnsci-2019-0035.

Popp, M., Trumpp, N. M., Sim, E.-J., & Kiefer, M. 2019). Brain activation during conceptual processing of action and sound verbs. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 15(4), 236-255, doi 0.5709/acp-0272-4.
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Woike, K., Sim, E-J., Keller, F., Schönfeldt-Lecuona, C., Sosic-Vasic, Z., & Kiefer, M. (2019). Common factors of psychotherapy in inpatients with major depressive disorder: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10:463, doi 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00463. Download article here


Harpaintner, M., Trumpp, N. M., & Kiefer, M.. (2018). The semantic content of abstract concepts: A property listing study of 296 abstract words. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1748. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01748 Download article here

Sanwald, S., Montag, C., & Kiefer, M. (2018). Epigenetik der Depression. Nervenheilkunde, 37, 792-798.

Schneegans, H., Hoenig, K., Ruchsow, M., Spitzer, M., Connemann, B. J., & Kiefer, M. (2018). Semantic ambiguity resolution in patients with bipolar disorder-An event-related potential study. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00270. Download article here

Trumpp, N. M., & Kiefer, M. (2018). Functional reorganization of the conceptual brain system after deafness in early childhood. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0198894. Download article here


Kiefer, M., & Kammer, T. (2017). The emergence of visual awareness: Temporal dynamics in relation to task and mask type. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:315. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00315.
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Kiefer, M., Liegel, N., Zovko, M., & Wentura, D. (2017). Mechanisms of masked evaluative priming: Task sets modulate behavioral and electrophysiological priming for picture and words differentially. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(4), 596-608. doi10.1093/scan/nsw167.
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Kiefer, M., Neff, U., Schmid, M. M., Spitzer, M., Connemann, B. J., & Schönfeldt-Lecuona, C. (2017). Brain activity to transitional objects in patients with borderline personality disorder. Scientific Reports, 7: 13121.
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Rinker, T., Shafer, V. L., Kiefer, M., Vidal, N., & Yu, Y. H. (2017). T-complex measures in bilingual Spanish-English and Turkish-German children and monolingual peers. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0171992. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171992.
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Fladung, A. K., & Kiefer, M. (2016). Keep calm! Gender differences in mental rotation performance are modulated by habitual expressive suppression. Psychological Research, 80, 985-996, doi 10.1007/s00426-015-0704-7.

Montag, C., Widenhorn-Müller, K., Panksepp, J., & Kiefer, M. (2016). Individual differences in Affective Neuroscience Personality Scale (ANPS) primary emotional traits and depressive tendencies. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 73, 136-142.

Kiefer , M., & Velay, J. L. (2016). Writing in the digital age. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 5, 77-81.

Ortells, J. J., Kiefer, M., Castillo, A., Megias, M., & Morillas, A. (2016). The semantic origin of unconscious priming: Behavioral and event-related potential evidence during category congruency priming from strongly and weakly related masked words. Cognition, 146, 143-157.

Popp, M., Trumpp, N., & Kiefer , M. (2016). Feature-specific event-related potential effects to action- and sound-related verbs during visual word recognition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:637. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00637.
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Schneider-Hassloff, H., Zwönitzer, A., Künster, A. K., Mayer, C., Ziegenhain, U., & Kiefer, M. (2016). Emotional availability modulates electrophysiological correlates of executive functions in preschool children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:299, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00299.
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Ulrich M, Kiefer M. (2016). The neural signature of subliminal visuomotor priming: Brain activity and functional connectivity profiles. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 2471-2482.

Zupp, K., Sim., E-J., & Kiefer, M. (2016). Psychobiologische Marker von Depression – Ein kurzer Überblick und Ausblick. Nervenheilkunde, 35, 585-589.


Breitmeyer, B. G., Kiefer, M., & Niedeggen, M. (2015). Exploring the visual (un)conscious. Consciousness and Cognition, 35, 178-184.

Hogan, M. J., O’Hora, D., Kiefer, M., Kubesch, S., Kilmartin, L., Collins, P., & Dimitrova, J. (2015). The effects of cardiorespiratory fitness and acute aerobic exercise on executive functioning and EEG entropy in adolescents. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:538, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00538.
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Kiefer, M., Schuler, S., Mayer, C., Trumpp, N. M., Hille, K., & Sachse, S. (2015). Handwriting or typewriting? The influence of pen- or keyboard-based writing training on reading and writing performance in preschool children. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 11, 136-146.
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Kiefer, M., Sim, E. J., & Wentura, D. (2015). Boundary conditions for the influence of unfamiliar non-target primes in unconscious evaluative priming: The moderating role of attentional task sets. Consciousness and Cognition, 35, 342-356.

Schönfeldt-Lecuona, C, Keller, F., Kiefer, M., Gahr, M., Plener, P. L., Spitzer, M., Gunst, I. M., Fischer, T, Connemann, B. J., Schmidt, M., M. (2015). Relationship between transitional objects and personality disorder in female psychiatric inpatients – A prospective study. Journal of Personality Disorders, 29, 215-230.

Sim, E. J., Helbig, H. B., Graf, M., & Kiefer, M. (2015). When action observation facilitates visual perception: Activation in visuo-motor areas contributes to object recognition. Cerebral Cortex, 25, 2907-2918. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu087.

Ulrich, M., Kiefer, M., Bongartz, W., Grön, G., & Hoenig, K. (2015) Suggestion-induced modulation of semantic priming during functional magnetic resonance imaging. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0123686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123686.
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Waller, C., Wittfoth, M., Fritzsche, K., Timm, L., Wittfoth-Schardt, D., Rottler, E., Heinrichs, M., Buchheim, A., Kiefer, M., & Gündel, H. (2015). Attachment representation modulates oxytocin effects on the processing of own child faces in fathers. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62, 27-35, doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.07.003.


Ansorge, U., Kunde, W., & Kiefer , M. (2014). Unconscious vision and executive control: How unconscious processing and conscious action control interact. Consciousness and Cognition, 27, 268-287.

Rinker, T., Hartmann, K., Smith, E., Reiter, R., Alku, P., Kiefer, M., & Brosch, S. (2014). Kinder mit Spezifischer Sprachentwicklungsstörung: Elektrophysiologische und pädaudiologische Befunde. Laryngo-Rhino-Otologie, 93, 521-527.

Trumpp, N. M., Traub, F., Pulvermüller, F., & Kiefer, M. (2014). Unconscious automatic brain activation of acoustic and action-related conceptual features during masked repetition priming. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 352-364.

Ulrich, M., Adams, S. C., & Kiefer, M. (2014). Flexible establishment of functional brain networks supports attentional modulation of unconscious cognition. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 5500-5516.


Brückner, S., & Kiefer, M., & Kammer, T. (2013). Comparing the after-effects of continuous theta burst stimulation and conventional 1Hz rTMS on semantic processing. Neuroscience, 233, 64-71.

Hogan, M., Kiefer, M., Kubesch, S., Collins, P., Kilmartin, L., & Brosnan, M. (2013). The interactive effects of physical fitness and acute aerobic exercise on electrophysiological coherence and cognitive performance in adolescents. Experimental Brain Research, 229, 85-96. DOI 10.1007/s00221-013-3595-0.

Kiefer, M., Morschett, A., Schönfeldt-Lecuona, C., Spitzer, M., & Kammer, T. (2013). Altered time course of unconscious response priming in schizophrenia patients. Schizophrenia Research, 150, 590-591.

Trumpp, N. M., Kliese, D., Hoenig, K., Haarmaier, T., & Kiefer , M. (2013). Loosing the
sound of concepts: Damage to auditory association cortex impairs the processing of
sound-related concepts. Cortex, 49, 474-486.

Trumpp, N. M., Traub, F., & Kiefer, M. (2013). Masked priming of conceptual features reveals differential brain activation during unconscious access to conceptual action and sound information. PLoS ONE 8(5): e65910. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065910.
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Ulrich, M., Hoenig, K., Groen, G., & Kiefer M. (2013). Brain activation during masked and unmasked semantic priming: Commonalities and differences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 2216-2229.

Zovko, M., & Kiefer, M. (2013). Attention to shape and color differentially modulates subliminal visuo-motor priming. Psychophysiology, 50, 149-157.


Adams, S. C., Kiefer, M. (2012). Testing the attentional boundary conditions of subliminal semantic priming: The influence of semantic and phonological task sets. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:241, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00241. Download article here

Kiefer, M. (2012). Executive control over unconscious cognition: Attentional sensitization of unconscious information processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:61, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00061. Download article here

Kiefer, M., Adams, S. C., & Zovko, M. (2012). Attentional sensitization of unconscious visual processing: Top-down influences on masked priming. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8, 50-61. Download article here

Kiefer, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2012). Conceptual representations in mind and brain: Theoretical developments, current evidence and future directions. Cortex, 48, 805-825.

Kiefer, M., & Trumpp, N. M. (2012). Embodiment theory and education: The foundations of cognition in perception and action. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 1, 15-20.

Kiefer , M., Trumpp, N. M., Herrnberger, B., Sim, E.-J., Hoenig, K., & Pulvermüller, F. (2012). Dissociating the representation of action- and sound-related concepts in middle temporal cortex. Brain and Language, 122, 120-125.

Michael, L., Kiefer, M., & Niedeggen, M. (2012). The influence of distracter and target features on distracter induced blindness. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8, 62-69.
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Hoenig, K., Müller, C., Herrnberger, B., Spitzer, M., Ehret, G., & Kiefer, M. (2011). Neuroplasticity of semantic maps for musical instruments in professional musicians. NeuroImage, 56, 1714-1725.

Kiefer, M., Ansorge, U., Haynes, J. D., Hamker, F., Mattler, U., Verleger, R., & Niedeggen, M. (2011). Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception: From a plethora of phenomena to general principles. Advances in Cognitive Psychology,7 , 55-67.
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Kiefer, M., Sim, E.-J., Helbig, H. B., & Graf, M. (2011). Tracking the time course of action priming on object recognition: Evidence for fast and slow influences of action on perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 1864–1874.

Martens, U., Ansorge, U., & Kiefer, M. (2011). Controlling the unconscious: Attentional task sets modulate subliminal semantic and visuo-motor processes differentially. Psychological Science, 22, 282-291.

Michael, L., Hesselmann, G., Kiefer, M., & Niedeggen, M. (2011). Distractor-induced blindness for orientation changes and coherent motion. Vision Research, 51, 1781-1787

Zurawska vel Grajewska, B., Sim, E.-J., Hoenig, K., Herrnberger, & Kiefer, M. (2011). Mechanisms underlying flexible adaptation of cognitive control: Behavioral and neuroimaging evidence in a flanker task. Brain Research, 1421, 52-65.


Ansorge, U., Kiefer, M., Khalid, S., Grassl, S., & König, P. (2010). Testing the theory of embodied cognition with subliminal words. Cognition, 116, 303-320.

Fladung, A.-K., Baron, U., Gunst, I., & Kiefer, M. (2010). Cognitive reappraisal modulates performance following negative feedback in patients with major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 40, 1703-1710.

Helbig, H.B., Steinwender, J., Graf, M. & Kiefer, M. (2010). Action observation can prime visual object recognition. Experimental Brain Research, 200, 251-258.

Kiefer, M., & Martens (2010). Attentional sensitization of unconscious cognition. Task sets modulate subsequent masked semantic priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 464-489.

Rinker, T., Alku, P., Brosch, S., & Kiefer, M. (2010). Discrimination of native and non-native vowel contrasts in bilingual Turkish–German and monolingual German children: Insight from the Mismatch Negativity ERP component. Brain and Language, 113, 90-95

Videsott, G., Herrnberger, G., Schilly, E., Grothe, J., Hoenig, K., Wiater, W., Spitzer, M., & Kiefer, M. (2010). Speaking in multiple languages: Neural correlates of language proficiency in multilingual word production. Brain and Language, 113, 103-112.


Kiefer, M., Martens, U., Weisbrod, M., Hermle, L., & Spitzer, M. (2009). Increased unconscious semantic activation in schizophrenia patients with formal thought disorder. Schizophrenia Research, 114, 79-83.

Martens, U. & Kiefer, M. (2009). Specifying attentional top-down influences on subsequent unconscious semantic processing. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 5, 56-68. Download article

Reuter, M., Montag, C., Peters, K., Kocher, A., & Kiefer, M. (2009). The modulatory influence of the functional COMT Val158Met polymorphism on lexical decisions and semantic priming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 20 doi:10.3389/neuro.09.020.2009.
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Stroth, S., Kubesch, S., Dieterle, K., Ruchsow, M., Heim, R., & Kiefer, M. (2009). Physical fitness, but not acute exercise modulates event-related potential indices for executive control in healthy adolescents. Brain Research, 1269, 114-124.


Hoenig, K., Sim, E-J., Bochev, V., Herrnberger, B. & Kiefer, M. (2008). Conceptual flexibility in the human brain: Dynamic recruitment of semantic maps from visual, motion and motor-related areas. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(10), 1799-1814.

Kiefer, M. (2008). Zusammenwirken kognitiver Systeme: Kognitionspsychologische und neurophysiologische Befunde zur Rolle des semantischen Gedächtnisses bei der Informationsverarbeitung. Psychologische Rundschau, 59, 87-97.

Kiefer, M., Sim, E.-J., Herrnberger, B., Grothe, J., & Hoenig, K. (2008). The sound of concepts: Four markers for a link between auditory and conceptual brain systems. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 12224-12230.

Ruchsow, M., Grön, G., Kiefer, M, Beschoner, P., Hermle L, Ebert, D., & Falkenstein, M. (2008). Electrophysiological evidence for reduced inhibitory control in depressed patients in partial remission: A Go/Nogo study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 68, 209-218.

Ruchsow, M., Grön, G., Kiefer, M., Buchheim, A., Walter, H., Martius, P., Reiter, M., Hermle, L., Spitzer, M., Ebert, D. & Falkenstein, M. (2008). Response inhibition in borderline personality disorder: Event-related potentials in a Go/Nogo task. Journal of Neural Transmission, 115, 127-133.

Ruchsow M, Groen, G. Kiefer, M., Hermle L, Spitzer, M., & Falkenstein, M. (2008). Impulsiveness and ERP components in a Go/Nogo task. Journal of Neural Transmission, 115, 909-915.

Ruchosw, M., Grön, G. Spitzer, M., Hermle, L., Buchheim, A. & Kiefer, M. (2008). Electrophysiological evidence for a syntactic but not semantic deficit in depressive patients. Journal of Psychophysiology, 22, 121-129.

v. Soden-Fraunhofen, R., Sim, E-J., Liebich, S., Frank, K. & Kiefer, M. (2008). Die Rolle der motorischen Interaktion beim Erwerb begrifflichen Wissens: Eine Trainingsstudie mit künstlichen Objekten. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 22, 47-58.


Bitz, U., Gust, K., Spitzer, & Kiefer, M. (2007). Phonological  deficit in school children is reflected in the mismatch negativity. NeuroReport, 18, 911-915.

Kiefer, M. (2007). Top-down modulation of unconscious 'automatic' processes: A gating framework. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 3, 289-306.
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Kiefer, M., Schuch, S., Schenck, W. & Fiedler, K. (2007). Mood states modulate activity in semantic brain areas during emotional word encoding. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 1560-1530.

Kiefer, M., Schuch, S., Schenck, W. & Fiedler, K. (2007). Emotion and memory: Event-related potential indices predictive for subsequent successful memory depend on the emotional mood state. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 3, 363-373. Download article

Kiefer, M., Sim, E.-J., Liebich, S., Hauk, O. & Tanaka, J. (2007). Experience-dependent plasticity of conceptual representations in human sensory-motor areas. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 525-542.


Helbig, H.B., Graf, M., Kiefer, M. (2006). The role of action representations in object recognition. Experimental Brain Research.

Kaiser, S., Hill, H., Weiss, O., Markela-Lerenc, J., Kiefer, M., & Weisbrod, M. (2006). N2 event-related potential correlates of response inhibition in an auditory Go/Nogo task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 61, 279-282.

Kiefer, M. & Brendel, D. (2006). Attentional modulation of unconscious 'automatic' processes: Evidence from event-related potentials in a masked priming paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 184-198.

Martens, E.U., Schweinberger, S.R., Kiefer, M., Burton,  A.M. (2006). Masked and unmasked electrophysiological repetition effects of famous faces. Brain Research, 1109, 146-157.

Ruchsow, M., Herrnberger, B., Beschoner, P., Grön, G., Spitzer, M. & Kiefer, M. (2006). Error processing in major depressive disorder. Evidence from even-related potentials. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 40, 37-46.

Ruchsow, M., Walter, H., Buchheim, A., Martius, P., Spitzer, M., Kächele, H., Grön, G. & Kiefer, M. (2006). Error-related negativity and response control in patients with borderline personality disorder. Biological Psychology, 72, 133-140.


Kiefer, M. (2005). Repetition priming modulates category-related effects on event-related potentials: Further evidence for multiple cortical semantic systems. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 199-211.

Kiefer, M., Ahlegian, M. & Spitzer, M. (2005). Working memory capacity, indirect semantic priming and Stroop interference: Pattern of interindividual prefrontal performance differences in healthy volunteers. Neuropsychology, 19, 332-344.

Kessler, K. & Kiefer, M. (2005). Disturbing visual working memory: Electrophysiological evidence for a role of prefrontal cortex in recovery from interference. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 1075-1087.

Ruchsow, M., Grön, G., Reuter, K., Spitzer, M., Hermle, L. & Kiefer, M. (2005). Error-related brain activity in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and in healthy controls. Journal of Psychophysiology, 19, 298-304.

Ruchsow, M., Spitzer, M., Grön, G., Grothe, J. & Kiefer, M. (2005). Error processing and impulsiveness in normals: Evidence from event-related potentials. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 317-325.

Sim, E.-J. & Kiefer, M. (2005). Category-related brain activity to natural categories is associated with the retrieval of visual features: Evidence from repetition effects during visual and functional judgments. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 260-273.


Ruchsow, M., Herrnberger, B., Wiesend, C., Spitzer, M. & Kiefer, M. (2004). The effect of erroneous responses on response evaluation in patients with major depression: A study with event related potentials. Psychophysiology, 41, 833-840.

Tanaka, J. W., Kiefer, M. & Bukach, C.M. (2004). A holistic account of the own-race effect in face recognition: Evidence from a cross-cultural study. Cognition, 93, B1-B9.


Erk, S., Kiefer, M., Grothe, J., Wunderlich, A., Spitzer, M. & Walter, H. (2003). Emotional context modulates subsequent memory effect. NeuroImage,18, 439-447.

Kaiser, S., Unger, J., Kiefer, M., Markela, J., Mundt, C. & Weisbrod, M. (2003). Executive control deficit in depression: Event-related potentials in a Go/NoGo task. Psychiatry Research: Neroimaging, 122, 169-184.

Ruchsow, M., Trippel, K., Grön, G., Spitzer, M. & Kiefer, M. (2003). Semantic and syntactic processes during sentence comprehension in patients with schizophrenia: Evidence from event-related potentials. Schizophrenia Research, 64, 147-156.

Walter, H., Kiefer, M. & Erk, S. (2003). Content, context and cognitive style in mood-memory interactions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 433-434.


Kiefer, M. (2002). The N400 is modulated by unconsciously perceived masked words: Further evidence for a spreading activation account of N400 priming effects. Cognitive Brain Research, 13, 27-39.

Kiefer, M. Apel, A., & Weisbrod, M. (2002). Arithmetic fact retrieval and working memory in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 53, 219-227.

Ruchsow, M., Grothe, J., Spitzer, M., Kiefer, M. (2002). Human anterior cingulate cortex is activated by negative feedback: Evidence from event-related potentials in a guessing task. Neuroscience Letters, 325, 203-206.


Kiefer, M. (2001). Perceptual and semantic sources of category-specific effects in object categorization: Event-related potentials during picture and word categorization. Memory & Cognition, 29, 100-116.

Kiefer, M. & Spitzer, M. (2001). The limits of a distributed account of conceptual knowledge Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 469-471.


Kiefer, M. & Spitzer, M. (2000). Time course of conscious and unconscious semantic brain activation. NeuroReport, 11, 2401-2407.

Weisbrod, M., Kiefer, M., Marzinzik, F. & Spitzer, M. (2000). Executive control is disturbed in schizophrenia: Evidence from event-related potentials in a Go/Nogo task. Biological Psychiatry, 47, 51-60.


Kiefer, M. & Spitzer, M. (1999). Kognitive Defizite schizophrener Patienten. Nervenheilkunde, 18, 332-337.

Tanaka, J. W., Luu, P., Weisbrod, M. & Kiefer, M. (1999). Tracking the time course of object categorization using event-related potentials. NeuroReport, 10, 829-835.

Weisbrod, M., Kiefer, M., Hill, H. & Spitzer, M. (1999). Der Einsatz evozierter Potentiale zur Untersuchung von Störungen der auditorischen Informationsverarbeitung schizophrener Patienten. Nervenheilkunde, 18, 79-83.

Weisbrod, M., Kiefer, M., Winkler, S., Maier, S., Hill, H., Roesch-Ely, D. & Spitzer, M. (1999). Electrophysiological correlates of direct versus indirect semantic priming in normal volunteers. Cognitive Brain Research, 8, 289-298.

Weisbrod, M., Trage, J., Hill, H., Sattler, H., Maier, S., Kiefer, M., Grothe, J. & Spitzer, M. (1999). Emotional priming in depressed patients. German Journal of Psychiatry, 2, 19-47.


Kiefer, M., Marzinzik, F., Weisbrod, M., Scherg, M. & Spitzer, M. (1998). The time course of brain activations during response inhibition: Evidence from event-related potentials in a Go/Nogo task. NeuroReport, 9, 765-770.

Kiefer, M., Weisbrod, M., Kern, I., Maier, S. & Spitzer, M. (1998). Right hemisphere activation during indirect semantic priming: Evidence from event-related potentials. Brain and Language, 64, 377-408.

Kiefer, M., Weisbrod, M. & Spitzer, M. (1998). Zur funktionellen Neuroanatomie und Psychopathologie des semantischen Gedächtnisses. Psychologische Rundschau, 49, 132-143.


Kiefer, M. & Dehaene, S. (1997). The time course of parietal activation in single-digit multiplication. Mathematical Cognition, 3, 1-30.

Kiefer, M., Mangold-Allwinn, R. & Barattelli, S. (1995). Vom generierten Konzept bis zum enkodierten Wort. Zur Determination der lexikalischen Spezifität von Objektbenennungen. Linguistische Berichte, 159, 381-411.

  Books and Book Chapters

Bermeitinger, C., & Kiefer, M. (2012). Embodied concepts. In S. C. Koch, Th. Fuchs, M. Sumna & C. Müller (Eds.), Body memory, metaphor and movement (pp. 121-140). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Kempf, W. & Kiefer, M. (Hrsg.)(2009). Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie. Zwischen naturwissenschaftlichem Experiment und sozialwissenschaftlicher Hermeneutik. Bd. 3: Natur und Kultur. Berlin: Regener.

Kempf, W. & Kiefer, M. (2009). Einleitung. In W. Kempf & M. Kiefer, M. (Hrsg.). Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie. Zwischen naturwissenschaftlichem Experiment und sozialwissenschaftlicher Hermeneutik (pp. 7-13). Bd. 3: Natur und Kultur. Berlin: Regener.

Kiefer, M. (2017). Bewusstsein. In J. Müsseler & M. Rieger (Eds.), Lehrbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie (pp. 153-182). Berlin: Springer.

Kiefer, M. (1998). Zur kortikalen Organisation semantischer Informationsverarbeitung. In U. Kotkamp & W. Krause (Hrsg.), Intelligente Informationsverarbeitung (pp. 201-208). Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitätsverlag.

Kiefer, M. (1999). Die Organisation des semantischen Gedächtnisses. Bern: Huber.

Kiefer, M. (2002). Bewusstsein. In J. Müsseler & W. Prinz (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie (pp. 178-222). Heidelberg: Spektrum, Akademischer Verlag.

Kiefer, M. (2004). Neuropsychologie und Elektrophysiologie kognitiver Defizite schizophrener Patienten. In H. Hippius (Hrsg.), Universitätskolloquien zur Schizophrenie, Bd II (pp. 102-108). Darmstadt: Steinkopf.

Kiefer, M. (2008). Bewusstsein. In J. Müsseler (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie. 2. völlig neu überarbeitete Auflage (pp. 154-188). Heidelberg: Spektrum, Akademischer Verlag.

Kiefer, M. (2009). Neurowissenschaftliche Methoden. In W. Kempf & M. Kiefer, M. (Hrsg.). Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie. Zwischen naturwissenschaftlichem Experiment und sozialwissenschaftlicher Hermeneutik. Bd. 3: Natur und Kultur (pp. 207-267). Berlin: Regener.

Kiefer, M., & Barsalou, L. W. (2013). Grounding the human conceptual system in perception, action, and internal states. In W. Prinz, M. Beisert & A. Herwig (Eds.), Tutorials in action science (pp. 381-407). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Kiefer, M. & Hönig, K. (2012). Die Vision einer integrativen Psychologie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Natur- und Kulturwissenschaft. In W. Baros & M. Rost (Hrsg.). Natur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven in der Psychologie (pp. 187-199). Berlin: Regener.

Kiefer, M., Weisbrod, M., Kern, I., Maier, S., & Spitzer, M. (1997). The effect of semantic distance on event-related potentials in normal subjects and schizophrenic patients. In H. Witte, U. Zwiener, B. Schack & A. Doering (Eds.), Quantitative and Topological EEG and MEG Analysis (pp. 169-171). Jena: Druckhaus Mayer GmbH.

Mangold-Allwinn, R., Barattelli, S., Kiefer, M., & Koelbing, H.G. (1995). Wörter für Dinge. Von flexiblen Konzepten zu variablen Benennungen. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Moseley, R., Kiefer , M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2016). Grounding and embodiment of concepts and meaning: A neurobiological perspective. In Y. Coello & M. H. Fischer (Eds.), Foundations of embodied cognition, Volume 1: Perceptual and emotional embodiment. Oxon, U.K: Routledge.

Rinker, T. & Kiefer, M. (2011). The cognitive neuroscience of multilingualism. In W. Wiater & G. Videsott (eds.), New theoretical perspectives in multilingualism research (pp. 43-62). Frankfurt: Peter Lang

Ruchsow, M. & Kiefer, M. (2004). Elektrophysiologische Korrelate von Semantik und Grammatik bei schizophrenen und depressiven Patienten. In H. M. Müller & G. Rickheit (Hrsg.), Neurokognition der Sprache (pp. 143-165). Tübingen: Stauffenburg.

Weisbrod, M., Kiefer, M., Maier, S., Winkler, S., Hill, H., & Spitzer, M. (1997). Difficulty of the auditory oddball paradigm determines P300 topography in schizophrenic patients. In H. Witte, U. Zwiener, B. Schack & A. Doering (Eds.), Quantitative and Topological EEG and MEG Analysis  (pp. 158-160). Jena: Druckhaus Mayer GmbH.

Videsott, G., Herrnberger, B., Schilly, E., Grothe, J., Hoenig, K., Wiater, W., Spitzer, M. & Kiefer, M. (2011). The complex measurement of language(s). In W. Wiater & G. Videsott (eds.), New theoretical perspectives in multilingualism research (pp. 35-41). Frankfurt: Peter Lang

Wietasch, A.K., Kiefer, M. & Spitzer, M. (2007). Neuropsychologie. In: A. Rohde & A. Marneros (Hrsg.), Geschlechtsspezifische Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie. Ein Handbuch. (pp. 305-323) Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

  Technical Reports

Kiefer, M. (1996). Poodle, dog or animal? Specificity of object names as a result of flexible concept-word activation. In R. Meyer-Klabunde & C. von Stutterheim (Eds.), Conceptual and semantic knowledge in language production. Proceedings of a Workshop of the Special Collaborative Research Program 245 "Language and Situation" (Arbeiten aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich 245 "Sprache und Situation" Heidelberg/Mannheim, Bericht Nr. 92) (pp. 186-204). Heidelberg: Universität Heidelberg.

Maier, S. Weisbrod, M., Kiefer, M. & Spitzer, M. (1996). Network models and formal thought disorder: Priming in schizophrenic patients. In R. Meyer-Klabunde & C. von Stutterheim (Eds.), Conceptual and semantic knowledge in language production. Proceedings of a Workshop of the Special Collaborative Research Program 245 "Language and Situation" (Arbeiten aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich 245 "Sprache und Situation" Heidelberg/Mannheim, Bericht Nr. 92) (pp. 205-226). Heidelberg: Universität Heidelberg.

Kiefer, M., Barattelli, S., & Mangold-Allwinn, R. (1993). Kognition und Kommunikation: Ein integrativer Ansatz zur Detetermination der lexikalischen Spezifität der Objektklassenbezeichnung (Cognition and communication: An integrative approach to lexical specificity of object class names). (Arbeiten aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich 245 "Sprache und Situation" Heidelberg-Mannheim, Bericht Nr. 51). Mannheim: Universität Mannheim.