Christian Beste, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Professor (W2) VCF

Christian Beste

Contact information

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Technische Universität Dresden
01307 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 - 458 7072
E-Mail: Christian.beste@uniklinikum-dresden.de

Research Statement

Examination of electrophysiological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying action control in health and disease.

Scientific Education

2013Habilitation (2nd PhD) “On the functional relevance of basal ganglia processes for action selection and control – results from basal ganglia disease, neuropsychopharmacological and molecular genetic studies”  
2007PhD (Dr. rer. nat.): magna cum laude “A cognitive-neurophysiological analysis of error monitoring in Huntington’s disease”.
2001 - 2006Study of Psychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Diploma degree, equivalent to Master’s degree); passed with distinction  

Professional Experience

since 10/2013 Professor for Cognitive Neurophysiology (W2), TU Dresden
02/2012 - 09/2013Head of the Emmy Noether Research Group “Neuronal mechanisms of action control” (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
02/2011 - 01/2012Post-Doc in the Biopsychology Unit (Prof. Güntürkün) Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
04/2010 - 01/2011Post-Doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit, Cambridge UK (Prof. John Duncan, FRS) (DFG scholarship)
02/2009 - 03/2010Post-Doc in the Biopsychology Unit (Prof. Güntürkün) Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
03/2008 - 01/2009Post-doc at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (Prof. Falkenstein)
08/2007 - 02/2008Post-doc at the Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Münster (Prof. Dr. Dr. Pfleiderer)
04/2006 - 08/2007PhD-student at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (Prof. Falkenstein) and the Department of Neurology Ruhr Universität Bochum (Prof. Dr. Gold)

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

Selected Publications

Dippel G, Beste C (2015). A causal role of the right inferior frontal cortex in implementing strategies for multi-component behavior. Nature Communications 6, 6587.

Chmielewski WX, Beste C (2015). Action Control Processes in Autism Spectrum Disorder - Insights from a Neurobiological and Neuroanatomical Perspective. Progress in Neurobiology 124C, 49–83.

Stock AK, Arning L, Epplen JT, Beste C (2014). DRD1 and DRD2 genotypes modulate modes of goal activation processes during action cascading. Journal of Neuroscience 34, 5335-5341.

Beste C, Stock AK, Epplen JT, Arning L (2014). On the Relevance of the NPY2-Receptor Variation for Modes of Action Cascading Processes. NeuroImage, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.08.026.

Yildiz A, Quetscher C, Dharmadhikari S, Chmielewski WX, Glaubitz B, Schmidt-Wilcke T, Edden R, Dydak U, Beste C (2014). Feeling safe in the plane: neural mechanisms underlying superior action control in airplane pilot trainees – a combined EEG/MRS study. Human Brain Mapping 35, 5040-5051.

Beste C, Dinse HR (2013). Learning without training. Current Biology 23, R489-499.

Beste C, Wascher E, Dinse HR, Saft C (2012). Faster perceptual learning though excitotoxic neurodegeneration. Current Biology 22, 1914-1917.