Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

2001 Zwischenprüfung Philosophie

2005 Diplom in Psychologie an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt

2011 Promotion zum Dr. phil., summa cum laude



Leitung empirischer Praktika in den Semestern: WS2006/2007, SS2007, WS2007/08, und WS 2011/12. Computer simulation models (8 lesson lecture) WS2010/2011, Seminar NeuroCognitive Psychology SS2011, Statistical Methods im SCAN-Master WS2011/12



(Peer-reviewed journals)


Kuchinke, L., Fritzemeier, S., Hofmann, M. J., Jacobs, A. M. (2013): Neural Correlates of Episodic Memory: Associative Memory and Confidence Drive Hippocampus Activations. Behavioural brain research 04/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.bbr.2013.04.035 (IF – 3.220)

Kuchinke, L., Fritzemeier, S., Hofmann, M. J., Jacobs, A. M. (2013): Neural Correlates of Episodic Memory: Associative Memory and Confidence Drive Hippocampus Activations Behavioural Brain Research 01/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.bbr.2013.04.035 (IF – 4.420)



Forgács, B., Bohrn, I. C., Baudewig, J., Hofmann, M. J., Pléh, C., Jacobs, A. M.(2012): Neural Correlates of Combinatorial Semantic Processing of Literal and Figurative Noun Noun Compound Words. Neuroimage, 07/2012



Hofmann, M.J., Kuchinke, L., Biemann, C., Tamm, S., & Jacobs, A.M. (2011). Remembering words in context as predicted by an Associative Read-Out Model. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 252. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00252. LINK

Brink T, Urton K, Held D, Kirilina E, Hofmann M, Klann-Delius G, Jacobs AM and Kuchinke L (2011). The role of orbitofrontal cortex in processing empathy stories in 4-8 year-old children. Frontiers in Psychology 2, 80. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.0008

Kuchinke, L., Hofmann, M.J., Jacobs, A.M., Frühholz, S., Tamm, S., Herrmann, M. (2011). Human striatal activation during adjustment of the response criterion in visual word recognition. NeuroImage, 54(3), 2412-2417.



Briesemeister, B.B., Hofmann, M.J., Tamm, S., Kuchinke, L., Braun, M.M. &  Jacobs A.M. (2009). The pseudohomophone effect: Evidence for an orthography-phonology-conflict. Neuroscience Letters, 455, 124-128.

Hofmann, M.J., Kuchinke, L., Tamm, S., Võ, M. L.-H, & Jacobs, A.M. (2009). Affective processing within 1/10th of a second: High arousal is necessary for early facilitative processing of negative but not positive words. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 9(4), 389-397.

Klonek, F., Tamm, S. Hofmann, M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2009). Does familiarity or conflict account for performance in the word-stem completion task? Evidence from behavioural and ERP data. Psychological Research. 73, 871–882.

Võ, M. L.-H., Conrad, M., Kuchinke, L., Hartfeld, K., Hofmann, M.J., & Jacobs, A.M. (2009). THE BERLIN AFFECTIVE WORD LIST RELOADED (BAWL-R). Behavior Research Methods, 41(2), 534-539.



Hofmann, M.J., Herrmann, M.J., Dan, I., Obrig, H., Conrad, M., Kuchinke, L., Jacobs, A.M., & Fallgatter, A.J. (2008). Differential activation of frontal and parietal regions during visual word recognition: An optical topography study. NeuroImage, 40(3), 1339-1348.

Hofmann, M.J, Tamm, S. Braun, M.M., Dambacher, M., Hahne, A., & Jacobs, A.M. (2008). Conflict Monitoring Engages Mediofrontal Cortex during Nonword Processing. NeuroReport, 19(1), 25-29.

Stenneken, P., Hofmann, M.J., & Jacobs A.M. (2008). Sublexical units in aphasic jargon and in the standard language. Comparative analyses of neologisms in connected speech. Aphasiology, 1, 1-15.

Vo, M. L.-H., Jacobs, A.M., Kuchinke, L., Hofmann, M., Conrad, M., Schacht, A.-K., & Hutzler, F. (2008). The Coupling of Emotion and Cognition in the Eye: Introducing the Pupil Old/New Effect. Psychophysiology, 45(1), 130-140.



Hofmann, M. J., Stenneken, P., Conrad, M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2007). Sublexical frequency measures for orthographic and phonological units in German. Behavior Research Methods, 39(3), 620-629.

Hutzler, F., Braun, M., Vo, M. L.-H., Engl, V., Hofmann, M., Dambacher, M., Leder, H., & Jacobs, A.M. (2007). Welcome to the real world: Validating Fixation Related Potentials for Ecologically Valid Settings. Brain Research, 1172, 124-129.

Kuchinke, L., Vo, M. L.-H., Hofmann, M., & Jacobs, A. M. (2007). Pupillary responses during lexical decisions vary with word frequency but not emotional valence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 65(2), 132-140.



Braun, M., Jacobs, A.M., Hahne, A., Ricker, B., Hofmann, M., & Hutzler, F. (2006). Model-generated lexical activity predicts graded ERP amplitudes in lexical decision. Brain Research, 1073-1074 (1), 431-439.

Dambacher, M., Kliegl, R., Hofmann, M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2006). Frequency and predictability effects on event-related potentials during reading. Brain Research. 1084 (1), 89-103.

Heine, A., Tamm, S., Hofmann, M., Bösel, R. M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2006). Event-related theta activity reflects memory processes in pronoun resolution. NeuroReport, 17(18), 1835-1839.

Heine, A., Tamm, S., Hofmann, M., Hutzler, F., & Jacobs. A.M. (2006). Does the frequency of the antecedent noun affect the resolution of pronominal anaphors. Neuroscience Letters, 400 (1-2), 7-12.



Stenneken, P., Hofmann, M., & Jacobs, A. (2005). Patterns of phoneme and syllable frequency in jargon aphasia. Brain and Language, 95, 221-222.




Hofmann, M.J. (2011). Setting letters and words into context: An Associative Read-Out Model. Auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des Lesens: Buchstaben und Wörter im Kontext.


Published Conference Proceedings

Benny B. Briesemeister, Markus J. Hofmann, Lars Kuchinke, Arthur M. Jacobs (2011). "The BAWL databases in research on emotional word processing". In: Heister, J., Pohl, E., Würzner, K.-W. (eds.). "Lexical Resources in Psycholinguistic Research: Proceedings of the Workshop Held at the Forth Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics (qitl4) on the 28th of March 2011". Potsdam Cognitive Science Series (vol. 3). Universitätsverlag Potsdam, in press.

Hofmann, M.J., Kuchinke, L., Jacobs, A.M, Frueholz, S., Tamm, S., Herrmann, M. (2010). Decision criteria adaption or sensory gating due to contextual information during language processing. In: Frings, C., Mecklinger, A., Wentura, D., Zimmer, H. Beiträge zur 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen. Pabst Science Publishers: Lengerich. S.52.

Kuchinke, L., Hofmann M., Briesemeister, B., Krumm, N., Jacobs, A. M. (2009). Conflict signals in the explicit stem completion task. Psychophysiology, 48(1), S45.

Kuchinke, L., Brockhaus, W.-R., Hofmann, M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2010).Sequential Dependencies in the Lexical Decision Task: A Role of the Basal Ganglia. Frontiers in Neuroscience Conference Abstract: Decision Neuroscience From Neurons to Societies. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnins.2010.82.00012 LINK



Extracting associative memory signals to predict which word is recognized with what probability in a study-test task (3.8.2010). Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Bend Oregon, USA.

Fronto-striatal circuits: Does contextual control act via decision criteria adaption and/or sensory gating? (24.3.2010). Teap, 2010, Saarbrücken.

Semantic cohesiveness, but not emotional valence increases error rates to new words in a recognition memory task: Introducing an Interactive-Associative Memory Model (25.7.2008). International Congress for Psychology, Berlin.

Modeling electrophysiological responses of conflicting lexical representations (3.4.2008). Lecture Series "Behavioral Research Methods and Experimental Design" at the Berlin Mind and Brain School. Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin.

Connecting a connectionist model of word recognition to empirical data (22.9.2007).  Workshop "Conflicts as Signals II", 21.-23.9.2007, Binz.

Funktionale Nah-Infrarotspektroskopie in der Worterkennung - Von den ersten Befunden zur validen Verwendung von fNIRS bis hin zu Einsatz zur Diagnose von Dyslexie (27.2.2007 und 20.3.2007, zweiteilig). Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin.

Der Lexikalitäts- und Wortfrequenzeffekt bei funktionaler Nah-Infrarotspektroskopie (6.3.2007). Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Würzburg.



Wolf-R. Brockhaus, W.-R.,. Hofmann, M. J., Jacobs, A.M.,  Kuchinke, L.  (2010) Sequential dependencies in the lexical decision task. A role of the basal ganglia? Berlin, 23.-25.9.2010, Decision Neuroscience Workshop.

Kuchinke, L., Hofmann, M., Urton, K., Tamm, S., Vo, M. L., Jacobs, A. M. (2009). Frühe Effekte von Valenz und Arousal in der lexikalischen Entscheidungsaufgabe. 51. Tagung experimentell arbeitender PsychologInnen (TeaP), 29.03. - 01.04. 2009, Jena.

Tamm, S., Klonek, F.,  Hofmann, M., Jacobs, A. M. (2007). Does GLA predict response times in a stem completion task? Poster auf dem Workshop "Conflicts as Signals", 11. – 12.05.2007, Berlin.

Hofmann, M. J., Tamm, S., Dambacher, M., Jacobs, A. M. (2007). Hopfield Energy as a Measure of Conflict Predicts Late Negativity during Nonword Processing. Poster auf dem Workshop "Conflicts as Signals", 11. – 12.05.2007, Berlin.

Heine, A., Tamm, S., Hofmann, M., Hutzler, F., Jacobs, A. M. (2006). Does the frequency of the antecedent noun affect the resolution of pronominal anaphors? An EEG study. The Berlin Neuroscience Forum 2006, 08. – 10.06. 2006, Liebenwalde.


Reviews for:

Biological Psychology, Cerebral Cortex, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Memory and Language,  Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters