Dr. Sven Hoffmann

Sven Hoffmann Foto: FernUniversität

E-Mail: sven.hoffmann

Fax: +49 2331 987-4679

Academic Career

Since 2020 Lecturer and researcher, Institute of Psychology, Departments General Psychology: Judgement, Decision Making, Action (Head: Prof. Dr. Roman Liepelt) and Psychological Methods and Evaluation (Head: Prof. Dr. Oliver Christ)

2014-2020 Senior researcher & lecturer (Oberstudienrat im Hochschuldienst), German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Psychology – Dept. Performance Psychology (Head: Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Raab)

2010-2014 PostDoc: Leibniz-Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors, Project group “Perceptual Cybernetics“ (Head: Prof. Dr. E. Wascher)

2008-2009 Research associate, Methods and Psychological Diagnostics (Head: Prof. Dr. R. Schulze), University of Wuppertal

2009 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Bochum, Title: „Independent component analysis of ocular artifacts.“

2007-2009 PhD student at the IfADo research group "Ageing and CNS alterations" (Head: Prof. Dr. med. M. Falkenstein). DFG-project (DFG FA 211/23-1): "The relation between error related potentials and response monitoring and their dependency on aging".

2007-2008 Project researcher (IfADo), "Neurophysiological and educational aspects of second language acquisition", part of the program: "NIL: Neuroscience, Instruction, Learning", founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework program "Das Denken verstehen"

2006-2007 Junior researcher, IfADo research group "Modern Human-Machine-Systems". (Head: PD Dr. G. Rinkenauer)

Research interests

I am interested in the question: What is action? Here, I investigate via behavioral and psychophysiological measures (like EEG, ECG) what processes are involved in initiating, guiding, and evaluating the outcomes of action. Particularly errors and their cognitive processing play a crucial role in this regard. So more specific questions are: Why do people commit errors? How do we learn from errors and adapt our actions to cope with them? From a theoretical point of view, I aim to integrate perspectives from psychology, neuroscience, and movement/performance science, to stimulate and advance a “psychophysiology of action”. Also, I am interested in neuroscientific and statistical methods, in particular multivariate statistics in psychophysiology (e.g. independent component analysis or machine learning).


  • DGPA and Brain Products Young Scientist Award for a Distinguished Contribution to EEG Research, 2014.
  • DAAD travel grant (SPR meeting 2018, Québec City, Canada)
  • Excellent teaching certificate 2018 for the lecture “Lernmotivation und Leistungsdiagnostik“ (in German) at the German Sport University Cologne

Congress organizations

  • Scientific committee “Aging & Cognition“ conference at the IfADo in Dortmund, 2013
  • Head of management of the conference “Psychophysiology of action“ of the asp at the German Sport University in Cologne 2018.


Mehr Informationen

Hoffmann, S., Fischer, R., & Liepelt, R. (2023). Valence moderates the effect of stimulus-hand proximity on conflict processing and gaze-cueing. PeerJ, 11, e15286. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.15286

Böttcher, A., Wilken, S., Adelhöfer, N., Raab, M., Hoffmann, S., & Beste, C. (2023). A dissociable functional relevance of theta- and beta-band activities during complex sensorimotor integration. Cerebral Cortex, bhad191. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhad191

Wilken, S., Böttcher, A., Adelhöfer, N., Raab, M., Hoffmann, S., & Beste, C. (2023). The neurophysiology of continuous action monitoring. iScience, 106939. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2023.106939

Kim, H., Luo, J., Chu, S., Cannard, C., Hoffmann, S., & Miyakoshi, M. (2023). ICA’s bug: How ghost ICs emerge from effective rank deficiency caused by EEG electrode interpolation and incorrect re-referencing. Frontiers in Signal Processing, 3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frsip.2023.1064138

Yu, S., Mückschel, M., Hoffmann, S., Bluschke, A., Pscherer, C., & Beste, C. (2023). The neural stability of perception–motor representations affects action outcomes and behavioral adaptation. Psychophysiology, 60(1), e14146. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.14146

Böttcher A., Adelhöfer N., Wilken S., Raab M., Hoffmann S., Beste C. (2023) TRACK - a new algorithm and open-source tool for the analysis of pursuit-tracking sensorimotor integration processes. Behavior Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-023-02065-w

Schmaußer, M., Hoffmann, S., Raab, M., & Laborde, S. (2022). The effects of noninvasive brain stimulation on heart rate and heart rate variability: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of neuroscience research, 100(9), 1664–1694. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.25062

Hosang, T. J., Laborde, S., Sprengel, M., Löw, A., Baum, N., Hoffmann, S., & Jacobsen, T. (2021). Tasting Rewards. Effects of Orosensory Sweet Signals on Human Error Processing. Nutritional Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/1028415X.2021.1993538

Hoffmann, S., Jendreizik, L., Ettinger, U., Laborde, S. (2019). Keeping the pace: the effect of slow paced breathing on error monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 146, 217-224. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.10.001

Hoffmann, S., Beste, C., & Raab, M. (2019). Editorial: The Psychophysiology of Action. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1266. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01266

Hoffmann, S., Löffler, J., Musculus, L., Bröker, L., Lobinger, B., Liepelt, R., Laborde, S. Raab, M. (2018). The psychophysiology of action: A multidisciplinary endeavor for integrating action and cognition. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01423

Raab, M., Hoffmann, S., Laborde, S., Lobinger, B. (2017). Von Vertrauenskrisen und Handlungsnormen zu Selbstreflexion und persönlichem Handeln. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 24. 111-119. https://doi.org/10.1026/1612-5010/a000199

Stock, A., Hoffmann, S., & Beste, C. (2017). Effects of binge drinking and hangover on response selection sub-processes-a study using EEG and drift diffusion modeling. Addiction Biology, 22(5), 1355–1365. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12412

Plewan, T., Wascher, E., Falkenstein, M., & Hoffmann, S. (2016). Classifying Response Correctness across Different Task Sets: A Machine Learning Approach. PLOS ONE, 11(3), e0152864

Raab, M., Lobinger, B., Hoffmann, S., Pizzera, A., & Laborde, S. (2015). Performance Psychology. Elsevier Academic Press.

Hoffmann, S. (2015). Bridging the Gap between Perception and Cognition: An Overview. In Performance Psychology (pp. 136–151). Elsevier Academic Press.

Hoffmann, S. (2015). Performance Monitoring: Causes and Consequences. In Performance Psychology (pp. 152–168). Elsevier Academic Press.

Hoffmann, S., & Beste, C. (2015). A perspective on neural and cognitive mechanisms of error commission. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 50. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00050

Wascher, E., Schneider, D., & Hoffmann, S. (2015). Does response selection contribute to inhibition of return? Psychophysiology, 52(7), 942–950. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12420

Schneider, D., Hoffmann, S., & Wascher, E. (2014). Sustained posterior contralateral acti- vity indicates re-entrant target processing in visual change detection: an EEG study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00247

Wascher, E., Rasch, B., Sänger, J., Hoffmann, S., Schneider, D., Rinkenauer, G., . . . Gutberlet, I. (2014). Frontal theta activity reflects distinct aspects of mental fatigue. Biological Psychology, 96, 57–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.11.010

Hoffmann, S. (2014). Brief Report: Some Remarks About the Response Relatedness of the Error Negativity. Journal of Psychophysiology, 28(1), 22–31. https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803/a000108

Hoffmann, S., Labrenz, F., Themann, M., Wascher, E., & Beste, C. (2014). Crosslinking EEG time–frequency decomposition and fMRI in error monitoring. Brain Structure and Function, 219(2), 595–605. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-013-0521-y

Wascher, E., Heppner, H., & Hoffmann, S. (2014). Towards the measurement of event- related EEG activity in real-life working environments.International Journal of Psychophysiology, 91(1), 3–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.10.006

Plewan, T., Wascher, E., Hoffmann, S.: Elektroenzephalografie und Mustererkennung als benutzerunabhängiges Werkzeug für die Marktforschung. In: Gestaltung der Arbeitswelt der Zukunft: 60. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft, TU und Hochschule München, 12.-14.03.2014 (S. 381-383) / GfA, Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V. [Schriftltg.: Matthias Jäger]. Dortmund: GfA-Press, 2014.

Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2012). Predictive information processing in the brain: Errors and response monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83 (2), 208–212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.11.015

Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2012). Personality and error monitoring:an update. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/ fnhum.2012.00171

Hoffmann, S. & Wascher, E. (2012). Spatial cueing modulates the monitoring of correct responses. Neuroscience Letters, 506 (2), 225–228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2011.11.011

Wascher, E., Schneider, D., Hoffmann, S., Beste, C. & Sänger, J. (2012). When compensation fails: Perceptual deficits in healthy ageing caused by visual distraction. Neuropsychologia, 50, 3185-3192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.09.033

Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2011). Aging and error processing: age related increase in the variability of the error-negativity is not accompanied by increase in response variability. PLoS One, 6 (2), e17482. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0017482

Falkenstein, M., Wild-Wall, N. & Hoffmann, S. (2011). Lehr-Lernforschung unter neuro- wissenschaftlicher Perspektive. In A. Heine & A. Jacobs (Hrsg.), (Kap. Neurophysiologische Aspekte des Zweitspracherwerbs: Der Effekt von korrektivem Feedback auf die Fehlerverarbeitung und das Lernen). Münster: Waxmann-Verlag.

Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2010). Independent component analysis of erroneous and correct responses suggests online response control. Human Brain Mapping, 31 (9), 1305–1315. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.20937

Beste, C., Otto, T. & Hoffmann, S. (2010). The biopsychology-nonlinear analysis toolbox: a free, open-source Matlab-toolbox for the non-linear analysis of time series data. Neuroinformatics, 8, 197-200. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12021-010-9075-9

Wascher, E. & Hoffmann, S. (2010). Okonomie experimentalpsychologischer Messung im

Anwendungskontext. In M. Schütte (Hrsg.), Neue Arbeits- und Lebenswelten gestalten: 56. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (S. 579–582). Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft der Techn. Univ. Darmstadt: GfA-Press.

Gajewski, P. D., Wild-Wall, N., Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2009). Ereigniskorrelierte Potenziale: Ansatz, Parametrisierung und Analyseverfahren. Neuroforum, 15, 124–129..

Hoffmann, S. (2009). Independent component analysis of ocular artifacts. Bochum University. Dissertation.

Wascher, E., Hoffmann, S., Sänger, J. & Grosjean, M. (2009). Visuo-spatial processing and the N1 component of the ERP. Psychophysiology, 46 (6), 1270–1277. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00874.x

Hoffmann, S. & Falkenstein, M. (2008). The correction of eye blink artefacts in the EEG: a comparison of two prominent methods. PLoS One, 3 (8), e3004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0003004

Current Funding

  • Research grant DFG „The limits of action emulation“ together with Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Raab (German Sport University Cologne) and Prof. Dr. Christian Beste (TU Dresden)
  • German Sport University Cologne internal grant “Die Rolle der motorischen Kontrolle bei Paradoxer Leistung“ together with Dr. Babett Lobinger (German Sport University Cologne)
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