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Current position

Function: Professor for Training Science, with a focus on cognition and action
Institution: Otto-von-Guericke University (OVGU) Magdeburg 
Laboratory: Faculty for Humanities (FHW), Institute III, Department Sport Science
City: Magdeburg
Country: Germany

Research interests

  • Training-induced brain plasticity
  • Cortical morphology and brain microstructure across the lifespan
  • Links between motor learning and cognition

Collaborative project with department

  •  Developmental interactions between cranial capacity, cortical folding and brain microstructure

Other activities

  • Vice-Dean for Research and Equal Opportunities, Faculty for Humanities, OVGU (since 2022) 
  • Head of Department Sport Science, Faculty for Humanities, OVGU (since 2021)

Previous positions

04-2016 - 09-2017Deputy Professorship
Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
02-2012 - 03-2016Post-Doc
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
05-2008 - 01-2012PhD
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Education and professional experience


2017Habilitation, University Leipzig, Germany
2012PhD thesis in sport science, Universität Leipzig, Germany
2008Diploma thesis in sport science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg


2017- nowProfessor for Training Ccience, with a focus on cognition and action, OVGU, Magdeburg

Editorial activity

since 2015Associate Editor for Movement Science and Sport Psychology
2023Guest Associate Editor for Neuroplasticity and Development special issue in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience

Scientific output and merits

Prize and awards:

2013Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Society 
2010Travel Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping
2010Kurt Meinel-Prize, Faculty of Sport Science, Leipzig
2007Scholarship from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Research programs as PI:

2021 - 2024German Research Foundation, Collaborative Research Center 1436, C01 project grant (with Dr. Gabriel Ziegler), „Dynamic modelling of training-induced, response-optimised mobilisation of neural resources“
2019 - 2021Federal Ministry of the Interior ZMVI4-070506/19-21, „Development and evaluation of a cognitive-motor test battery to assess the quality of decision-making in youth handball“
2015 - 2016Federal Ministry of the Interior ZMVI4-070602/15-16, „Modulation of motor skill learning and underlying neural processes using interleaved cardiovascular exercise bouts“
2014 - 2016Federal Ministry of the Interior ZMVI1-070610/14-16, „Facilitation of motor skill learning with aerobic exercise during memory consolidation“


10 most relevant publications


Aye, N., Lehmann, N., Kaufmann, J., Heinze, H. J., Düzel, E., Taubert, M., & Ziegler, G. (2022). Test-retest reliability of multi-parametric maps (MPM) of brain microstructure. NeuroImage, 256, 119249.


Lehmann, N., Villringer, A. & Taubert, M. (2020). Co-localized white matter plasticity and increased cerebral blood flow mediate the beneficial effect of cardiovascular exercise on long-term motor learning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 12, 2416-2429.


Lehmann, N., Villringer, A., & Taubert, M. (2020). Intrinsic connectivity changes mediate the beneficial effect of cardiovascular exercise on sustained visual attention. Cerebral Cortex Communications, 1, tgaa075.


Lehmann, N., Tolentino-Castro, J.W., Kaminski, E., Ragert, P., Villringer, A. & Taubert, M. (2019). Interindividual differences in gray and white matter properties are associated with early complex motor skill acquisition. Human Brain Mapping, 15, 4316-4330.


Sehm, B., Taubert, M., Conde, V., Weise, D., Classen, J., Dukart, J., Draganski, B., Villringer, A. & Ragert, P. (2014). Structural brain plasticity in Parkinson's disease induced by balance training. Neurobiology of Aging, 1, 232-239.


Taubert, M., Draganski, B., Anwander, A., Müller, K., Horstmann, A., Villringer, A. & Ragert, P. (2010). Dynamic properties of human brain structure: learning-related changes in cortical areas and associated fiber connections. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 11670-11677.


Taubert, M., Lohmann, G., Margulies, D.S., Villringer, A. & Ragert, P. (2011). Long-term effects of motor training on resting-state networks and its underlying brain structure. NeuroImage, 4, 1492-1498.


Taubert, M., Mehnert, J., Pleger, B. & Villringer (2016). Rapid and specific grey matter changes induced by balance training. NeuroImage, 133, 399-407.


Taubert, M., Villringer, A. & Lehmann, N. (2015). Endurance exercise as an “endogenous” neuro-enhancement strategy to facilitate motor learning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 692.


Taubert, M., Villringer, A. & Ragert, P. (2011). Learning-related gray and white matter changes in humans: an update. The Neuroscientist, 4, 320-325.