Dr. Maren Schmidt-Kassow

Linguistik/Phonetik/Psychologie (M.A.)

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin




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


Curriculum Vitae

  • since 11/2009: Assistant Professor at the Institute of 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


Drittmittel, Preise

  • 2014-2016: Stipendiatin in dem Nachwuchsförderprogramm "MainCampus Educator" der Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft,Frankfurt am Main

  • 2013: Sachbeihilfe der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft für das Projekt "The influence of synchronous physical activity on brain plasticity and foreign language learning" (DFG SCHM 2693/1-2)
  • 2013: Stipendium der Lienert-Stiftung für einen Forschungsaufenthalt an der Kent University, Canterbury, UK.
  • 2010-2013: Sachbeihilfe der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft für das Projekt "The influence of synchronous physical activity on brain plasticity and foreign language learning" (DFG SCHM 2693/1-1)
  • 2010: Posterpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Fachgruppe Biologische Psychologie und Neuropsychologie für das Poster „Simultanes Fahrradfahren führt zu schnellerem Lernerfolg beim Erwerb fremdsprachlicher Vokabeln: Verhaltens- und EKP-Daten.“
  • 2010: Sachbeihilfe des fachbereichsübergreifenden Programms "Nachwuchswissenschaftler im Fokus - Förderlinie B" für das Projekt "The influence of synchronous physical activity on brain plasticity and foreign language learning"



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





  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conradi N, Abel C, Frisch S, Kell CA, Kaiser J, Schmidt-Kassow M.(2016).Actively but not passively synchronized motor activity amplifies predictive timing.Neuroimage139,211-217.
  • Kotz SA, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kotz, S.A., Rothermich K., Schmidt-Kassow M. (im Druck). 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.
  • 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.


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