Name der Person

Prof. Patrick Ragert, PhD


Status innerhalb der Fakultät

Abteilung Bewegungsneurowissenschaft



Research interests

  • Neural mechanism of brain plasticity
  • Neural mechanism subserving motor skill learning
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Non-invasive brain imaging


Academic education:

  • 2000 - 2001: Diploma in Biology: Institute for Neuroinformatics, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2001 - 2004: PhD in Neuroscience (fellowship), International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) Ruhr-University Bochum  


  • 10/04 - 09/05: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 10/05 - 09/07: DFG Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
  • 10/07 - 03/08: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, HHU Duesseldorf
  • since 04/08: Group leader "Motor Plasticity", Department of Neurology, MPI Leipzig, see also
  • since 04/15: Professor, Faculty of Sport Science, University of Leipzig, Institute for General Kinesiology and Exercise Science


  • 2008: Poster Award, German Section of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, Germany (2008)

References (selection)

Taubert M, Draganski B, Anwander A, Horstman A, Müller K, Villringer A, Ragert P. Dynamic properties of human brain structure: learning-related changes in cortical areas and associated fibre connections. J Neurosci. 2010 Sep 1; 30(35):11670-7. IF:7.11.

Ragert P, Nierhaus T, Cohen LG, Villringer A. Interhemispheric interactions between the human primary somatosensory cortices. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 10;6(2):e16150.

Sewerin S, Taubert M, Vollmann H, Conde V, Villringer A, Ragert P. Enhancing the effect of repetitive I-wave paired-pulse TMS (iTMS) by adjusting for the individual I-wave periodicity. BMC Neurosci. 2011 May 18;12(1):45.

Taubert M, Lohmann G, Margulies DS, Villringer A, Ragert P. Long-term effects of motor training on resting-state networks and underlying brain structure. Neuroimage 2011 Aug 15;57(4):1492-8.

Riedel P, Kabisch S, Ragert P, von Kriegstein K. Contact dermatitis after transcranial direct current stimulation. Brain Stimul 2012 Jul;5(3):432-4.

Conde V, Vollmann H, Sehm B, Taubert M, Villringer A, Ragert P. Cortical thickness in primary sensorimotor cortex influences the effectiveness of paired associative stimulation. Neuroimage. 2012 Apr 2;60(2):864-70.

Willimzig C, Ragert P, Dinse HR. Cortical topography of intracortical inhibitation influences the speed of decision making. PNAS. 2012 Feb 21; 109(8):3107-12.

Dolk T, Liepelt R, Prinz W, Villringer A, Ragert P. Morphometric gray matter differences of the medial frontal cortex influence the social Simon effect. Neuroimage. 2012 Jul 16;61(4):1249-54.

Vollmann H, Conde V, Sewerin S, Taubert M, Sehm B, Witte OW, Villringer A, Ragert P. Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over supplementary motor area (SMA) but not pre-SMA promotes short-term visuomotor learning. Brain Stimul. 2013 Mar;6(2):101-7.

Conde V, Altenmüller E, Villringer A, Ragert P. Task-irrelevant auditory feedback facilitates motor performance in musicians. Front Psychol. 2012;3:146. Epub 2012 May 16.

Gryga M, Taubert M, Dukart J, Vollmann H, Conde V, Sehm B, Villringer A, Ragert P. Bidirectional gray matter changes after complex motor skill learning. Front Syst Neurosci. 2012;6:37. Epub 2012 may 16.

Trapp S, Lepsien J, Sehm B, Villringer A, ragert P. Changes of Hand Switching Costs during Bimanual sequential Learning. PLoS One. 2012, 7(9):e45857. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045857.

Sehm B, Schaefer A, Kipping J, Margulies D, Conde V, Taubert M, Villringer A, Ragert P. Dynamic modulation of intrisic functional connectivity by transcranial direct current stimulation. J neurophysiol. 2012, 108(12):3253-63.

Sehm B, Hoff M, Gundlach C, Taubert M, Conde V, Villringer A, Ragert P. A novel ring electrode setup for the recording of somatosensory evoked potentials during transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). J neurosci Methods. 2013, 30;212(2):234-6.

Friederici AD, Mueller JL, Sehm B, Ragert P. Language Learning without control: The role of the PFC. J Cog Neurosci 2013, 25(5):814-21.

Conde V, Vollmann H, Taubert M, Sehm B, Cohen LG, Villringer A, Ragert P. Reversed timing-dependent associative plasticity in the human brain through interhemispheric interactions. J Neurophysiol 2013, 109(9):2260-71.

Sehm B, Kipping J, Schäfer A, Villringer A, Ragert P. A comparison between uni-and bilateral tDCS effects on functional connectivity of the human motor cortex. Front Hum Neurosci, 07 May 2013 I doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00183.

Sehm B, Taubert M, Conde V, Weise D, Classen J, Dukart J, Draganski B, Villringer A, Ragert P. Structural brain plasticity in Parkinsons disease induced by balance training. Neurobiology of Aging, 2013, 35(1):232-9.

Kaminski E, Hoff M, Sehm B, Taubert M, Conde V, Steele SJ, Villringer A, Ragert P. Effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) during complex whole body motor skill learning. Neurosci Lett, 2013, 552:76-80.

Sehm B, Ragert P. Why non-invasive brain stimulation should not be used in military and security services. Front Hum Neurosci, 2013. 7:553. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00553.

Sehm B, Schnitzler T, Obleser J, Groba A, Ragert P, Villringer A, Obrig H. Facilitation of inferior frontal cortex by transcranial direct current stimulation induces perceptual learning of severely degraded speech. J Neurosci, 2013 Oct 2;33(40):15868-78.









Prof. Patrick Ragert, PhD

Universitätsprofessor "Bewegung, Training und Leistung unter neurowissenschaftlichem Schwerpunkt

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