Alexander Strobel, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Professor (W3) VCF

Alexander Strobel

Contact information

Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology
Institute of Clinical, Diagnostic, and Differential Psychology

Technische Universität Dresden
Zellescher Weg 17, 01069 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-37000

Research Statement

My primary research interest is the complex interplay between cognition and temperament. Using psychophysiological measures, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics, I currently focus on the following research questions: how effective and how costly are different strategies of the cognitive control of temperamental states and traits; how in turn do the latter impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of cognitive control; and what are the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate or moderate effects of cognition on temperament and vice versa?

Scientific Education

2008Habilitation (Psychology), Goethe University Frankfurt/M., oral examination: 2008, mentor: Prof. Dr. Sabine Windmann
2005Promotion (Psychology), TU Dresden, advisor: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Brocke 
1998Diploma (Psychology), TU Dresden, final exams 1998, advisor: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Brocke  
1993 – 1998Studies of Psychology, TU Dresden

Professional Experience

Since 04/2009Professor for Differential and Personality Psychology (W3), TU Dresden
10/2008 – 03/2009Interim Professor for Experimental Psychology II, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
01/2007 – 03/2009Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
01/2005 – 03/2005Visiting Fellow, Maastricht Brain Imaging Center
09/1998 – 12/2005Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, TU Dresden

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

2009Habilitation award of the University Frankfurt/Main by Hermann-Willkomm-Stiftung
2006Heinz-Heckhausen young scientist award by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie
2005Young scientist award by Dresdner Gesprächskreis für Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft

Selected Publications

Anacker, K., Enge, S., Reif, A., Lesch, K.-P., & Strobel, A. (2013). Dopamine D4 receptor gene variation impacts self-reported altruism. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(4), 402-403.

Enge, S., Fleischhauer, M., Brocke, B. & Strobel, A. (2008). Neurophysiological measures of involuntary and voluntary attention allocation and dispositional differences in need for cognition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 862-874.

Enge, S., Fleischhauer, M., Lesch, K.-P. & Strobel, A. (2011). On the role of serotonin and effort in voluntary attention: Evidence of genetic variation in N1 modulation. Behavioural Brain Research, 216, 122-128.

Strobel, A., Fleischhauer, M., Enge, S., & Strobel, A. (2015). Explicit and implicit Need for Cognition and bottom-up/top-down attention allocation. Journal of Research in Personality, 55, 10-13.

Strobel, A., Zimmermann, J., Schmitz, A., Reuter, M., Lis, S., Windmann, S., & Kirsch, P. (2011). Beyond revenge: Neural and genetic bases of altruistic punishment. Neuroimage, 54(1), 671-680.