Dr. Maren Schmidt-Kassow

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Maren Schmidt-Kassow

Priv.-Doz., Dr. phil., Linguistics/Phonetics/Psychology (M.A.)

Institute of Medical Psychology (IMP)
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 10
Building 93A, Room A39
60528 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: 069-6301 6308
Fax: 069-6301 7606


Curriculum Vitae

since 11/2009: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main 

08/2019: Privatdozentin, Venia legendi for Medical Psychology

06/2019: Habilitation, Medical Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

04/2015-04/2016: Maternity Leave

10/2011-04/2012: Maternity Leave 

10/2010-03/2011: Locum Tenens Professor for Psycho- and Neurolinguistics, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main 

06/2007-09/2009: Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig 

03/2006-07/2007: Medical Studies (University of Mainz)  

10/2004-02/2006: PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig  

04/1999-05/2004: Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, Phonetics and Psychology (University of Frankfurt/Main) 

06/1998: Abitur in Langenfeld

Research Interests

Electrophysiological correlates of rhythm perception and production 

The influence of physical activity and temporal predictability on attention allocation and long-term memory 

Effects of electric current stimulation on attention allocation and ERPs


Society of Neuroscience

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V.
Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft


Prof. Dr. Sonja Kotz,   Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, University of Maastricht, Netherlands 
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Rothermich, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,East Carolina University, Greenville, USA 
Dr. Michael Schwartze,  Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, University of Maastricht, Netherlands 
PD Dr. Kirsten Hötting, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg 
Prof. Dr. Heather Ferguson, School of Psychology, Kent University, Canterbury 
Prof. Dr. David Wilkinson, School of Psychology, Kent University, Canterbury 
PD Dr. Christian Kell, Department of Neurology, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main 
Dr. Cornelius Abel , MPI for empirical aesthetics,Frankfurt/Main


Journal Articles

Schmidt-Kassow, M., Debener S. (2019). Editorial: Brain in Motion. Brain Res.,1716:1-2.

Lei, J., Conradi, N., Abel, C., Frisch, S., Brodski-Guerniero, A., Hildner, M., Kell, C.A., Kaiser, J., Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2019). Cognitive effects of rhythmic auditory stimulation in Parkinson's disease: A P300 study. Brain Res., 1716:70-79.

Schmidt-Kassow, M. , Thöne, K., Kaiser, J. (2019). Auditory-motor coupling affects phonetic encoding. Brain Res., 1716:39-49.

Polyakova, M., Schlögl, H., Sacher, J., Schmidt-Kassow, M. , Kaiser, J., Stumvoll, M.,Kratzsch, J,, Schroeter, ML. (2017). Stability of BDNF in Human Samples Stored Up to 6 Months and Correlations of Serum and EDTA-Plasma Concentrations. Int J Mol Sci.,18(6)

Hötting, K., Schickert, N., Kaiser, J., Röder, B., Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2016). The Effects of Acute Physical Exercise on Memory, Peripheral BDNF, and Cortisol in Young Adults. Neural Plast.,2016:6860573.
Schmidt-Kassow, M. , Wilkinson, D., Denby, E., Ferguson, H. (2016). Synchronised vestibular signals increase the P300 event-related potential elicited by auditory oddballs. Brain Res.,1648:224-231.

Conradi, N., Abel, C., Frisch, S., Kell, C.A., Kaiser, J., Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2016). Actively but not passively synchronized motor activity amplifies predictive timing. Neuroimage,139:211-217.

Kotz, S.A., Schmidt-Kassow, M. (2015). Basal ganglia contribution to rule expectancy and temporal predictability in speech. Cortex, 68:48-60.
Schmidt-Kassow, M. , Zink, N., Mock, J., Thiel, C., Vogt, L., Abel, C., Kaiser, J.(2014). Treadmill walking during vocabulary encoding improves verbal long-term memory. Behav Brain Funct.,10:24.

Roncaglia-Denissen, M. P., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Heine, A., Vuust, P. & Kotz, S. A. E. (2013). Enhanced musical rhythmic perception in Turkish early and late learners of German. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 645.

Schmidt-Kassow, M., Heinemann, L.V., Abel, C.,Kaiser, J. (2013).Auditory- motor synchronization facilitates attention allocation. Neuroimage 31,101-106.

Schmidt-Kassow, M., Deusser, M., Thiel, C., Otterbein, S., Montag, C., Reuter, M., Banzer, W., Kaiser, J. (2013): Physical exercise during encoding improves vocabulary learning: a neuroendocrinological study. PLoS One 8, e6417. 

Roncaglia-Denissen, M.P., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Kotz, S.A. (2013). Speech Rhythm Facilitates Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution: ERP Evidence. PLoS One 8, e56000. 

Obermeier, C., Menninghaus, W., von Koppenfels, M., Raettig, T., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Otterbein, S., Kotz, S.A. (2013). Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. Front. Psychology 4:10. 

Otterbein, S., Abel, C., Heinemann, L.V., Kaiser, J., Schmidt-Kassow M. (2012): P3b reflects periodicity in linguistic sequences. PLoS One 7, e51419 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Schädle, S., Otterbein, S., Thiel, C., Doehring, A., Lötsch, J., Kaiser, J. (2012): Kinetics of brain-derived neurotrophic factor serum concentrations following low- versus high-intensity physical exercise in men and women.Neuroreport 23,889-93 

Holle, H., Obermeier, C., Schmidt-Kassow, M.,Friederici, A.D., Ward, J., Gunter, T. (2012): Gesture facilitates the syntactic analysis of speech. Front. Psychology 3:74. 

Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow M., Kotz, S.A. (2012). Rhythm’s gonna get you: Regular speech rhythm facilitates semantic sentence processing. Neuropsychologia 50:232-44. 

Kotz, S.A., Rothermich K., Schmidt-Kassow M.(2012). Sentence comprehension in healthy and brain–damaged populations. In M. Faust (Hrsg.) . Advances in the Neural Substrates of language: Towards a Synthesis of Basic Science and Clinical Research: Vol. 2.: Language processing in the brain: Special populations. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Roncaglia-Denissen, M.P., Kotz S.A. (2011). Why pitch sensitivity matters: Event-related potential evidence of metric and syntactic violation detection among Spanish late learners of German. Front. Psychology 2:131. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00131. 

Schwartze, M., Rothermich, K., Schmidt-Kassow, M.& Kotz, S. A. (2011). Temporal regularity effects on pre-attentive and attentive processing of deviance. Biological Psychology 87(1):146-51. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Rothermich K., Schwartze M., Kotz S.A. (2011). Did you get the beat? Late proficient French-German learners extract strong-weak patterns in tonal but not in linguistic sequences. Neuroimage 54:568-76. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Kulka A., Gunter T., Rothermich K., Kotz S.A. (2010). Exercising during learning improves vocabulary acquisition: Behavioral and ERP Evidence. Neuroscience Letters 482:40-44. 

Rothermich K., Schmidt-Kassow M., Schwartze M., Kotz S.A. (2010).Event-related potential responses to metric violations: rules versus meaning. Neuroreport 21(8):580-4. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Kotz S.A. (2009). Attention and perceptual regularity in speech. Neuroreport 20(18):1643-7. 

Kotz S.A., Schwartze M.,  Schmidt-Kassow M.(2009).Non-motor basal ganglia functions: a review and proposal for a model of sensory predictability in auditory language perception. Cortex 45(8):982-20. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Schubotz R.I., Kotz S.A. (2009).Attention and entrainment: P3b varies as a function of temporal predictability. Neuroreport 20(1):31-6. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Kotz S.A. (2009).Event-related brain potentials suggest a late interaction of meter and syntax in the P600. J Cogn Neurosci 21(9):1693-708. 

Schmidt-Kassow M., Kotz S.A. (2008).Entrainment of syntactic processing? ERP-responses to predictable time intervals during syntactic reanalysis. Brain Res 1226:144-55.