Kognitionspsychologie - Cognitive Psychology

Oliver T. Wolf











Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Otto

Ruhr Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
Arbeitseinheit Kognitionspsychologie
44780 Bochum

Room: IB 6-99
Phone: +49 234 32 27641
Fax: +49 234 32 07641
E-Mail: Tobias.Otto@rub.de


Curriculum Vitae


Since 10.2007 Research technician at the Department of cognitive psychology

10.2005 - 10.2007 Research technician at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

10.2002 - 10.2005 Research technician at the Biomotionlab, both at Ruhr University and Queen's University in Kingston, Canada

04.2002 - 09.2002 Research staff at TFH-Bochum

10.1998 - 04.2002 Telecommunication Engineerung at TFH-Bochum



Behroozi M., Helluy X., Ströckens F., Gao M., Pusch R., Tabrik S., Tegenthoff M., Otto T., Axmacher N., Kumsta R., Moser D., Genc E., Güntürkün O. (2020).Event-related functional MRI of awake behaving pigeons at 7T. Nat Commun 11, 4715

Pützer, A., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T. (2019). Odors Are More Sensitive to Evaluative Conditioning than Sounds. Chemosensory Perception. 12, 135-146.

Langer, K., Moser, D., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T., Kumsta, R. (2019). Cortisol modulates the engagement of multiple memory systems: Exploration of a common NR3C2 polymorphism. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 107, 133-140. (IF 4.731)

Dierolf, A.M., Schoofs, D. Hessas, E.-M. Falkenstein, M., Otto, T., Paul, M., Suchan, B., Wolf, O.T. (in press). Good to be stressed? Improved response inhibition and error processing after acute stress in young and older men. Neuropsychologia.

Anselme, P., Otto, T., Güntürkün, O. (2017) Foraging motivation favors the occurrence of Lévy walks. Behavioural Processes 147 48–60

Anselme, P., Otto, T., Güntürkün, O. (2017) How unpredictable access to food increases the body fat of small passerines: A mechanistic approach. Behavioural Processes, 144, 33–45

Herten, N., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T. (2017). The role of eye fixation in memory enhancement under stress: An eye tracking study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 140, 134-144.

Kinner, V.L., Kuchinke, L., Dierolf, A.M., Merz, C.J., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T. (2017). What our eyes tell us about feelings: Tracking pupillary responses during emotion regulation processes. Psychophysiology. 54, 508-518.

Herten, N., Otto, T., Adolph, D., Pause, B.M., Kumsta, R., Wolf, O.T. (2016) Enhanced startle responsivity 24 hours after acute stress exposure. Behavioral Neuroscience.

Bestgen A., Schulze P., Kuchinke L., Suchan B., Derdak T., Otto T., Jettkant B., Sucker K. (2015) An extension of olfactometry methods: an expandable, fully automated, mobile, MRI-compatible olfactometer. Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Drexler, S.M., Merz, C.J., Hamacher-Dang, T., Marquardt, V., Fritsch, N., Otto, T., Wolf, O.T. (2014) Effects of Postretrieval-Extinction Learning on Return of Contextually Controlled Cued Fear, Behavioral Neuroscience

Wolf, C., Ball, A., Ocklenburg, S., Otto, T., Heed, T., Röder, B. Güntürkün, O. (2011) Visuotactile interactions in the congenitally acallosal brain: evidence for early cerebral plasticity. Neuropsychologia

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

Rose, J., Otto, T., Dittrich, L. (2008) The Biopsycholoy Toolbox: A free, open source Matlab-toolbox for the control of behavioral experimentation. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 175:104-107



since WS07/08 Pract. Course: Matlab for Beginners


VDE Preis für ein hervorragendes Diplom Examen

Prof. Dr. Koepchen Studienstiftung

Siemens Studentenprogramm


Software projects

Biopsytoolbox Logo Please also visit the homepage of the Open Biopsychology Toolbox.
It is a free, open-source software project for the control of experiments in Matlab.


PsychToolbox Wrapper

The Psych-Toolbox-Wrapper helps users to focus on the experiment and the underlying question without dealing with the technical details of the Psychophysics Toolbox.


BiopsyNLToolbox Please also visit the homepage of the Biopsychology Nonlinear Toolbox.