Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Michael Nitsche

Nitsche_web Head of Department

Psychology and neurosciences

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 301 (-302 Office)

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 2015-present: W3 Full Professor and Scientific Director, Leibniz Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund, IfADo
  • 2006-2015: Consultant (chief epileptologist) at Dept. Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Center, Goettingen
  • 2006-2015: Neurology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 2006: Habilitation (PD Dr. habil.)
  • 2005: Board Certification (Neurology)
  • 2000: Doctoral Degree (Dr. med.)
  • 1999-2005: Neurophysiology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 1999: License to practice medicine, M.D.
  • 1995: Diploma Psychology
  • 1991-1998: Study of Medicine, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 1987-1995: Study of Psychology, Georg-August-University Goettingen
Publications in Pubmed


  • Yavari, F.; Jamil, A.; Samani, M. M.; Vidor, L. P.; Nitsche, M. A.: Basic and functional effects of transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES): an introduction
    Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 85: 81-92 (2018)
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  • Polania, R.; Nitsche, M. A.; Ruff, C. C.: Studying and modifying brain function with non-invasive brain stimulation
    Nature Neurosci. 21: 174-187 (2018)
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  • Foerster, A.; Dutta, A.; Kuo, M.-F.; Paulus, W.; Nitsche, M. A.: Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over lower limb primary motor cortex on motor learning in healthy individuals
    Eur. J. Neurosci. XX: epub ahead of print (2018)
  • Edemann-Callesen, H.; Habelt, B.; Wieske, F.; Jackson, M.; Khadka, N.; Mattei, D.; Nitsche, M.; Winter, C.: Non-invasive modulation reduces repetitive behavior in a rat model through the sensorimotor cortico-striatal circuit
    Transl. Psychiatry 8: (1): 11 (13 pp) (2018)
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  • Molero-Chamizo, A.; Alameda Bailen, J. R.; Garrido Bejar, T.; Garcia Lopez, M.; Jaen Rodriguez, I.; Gutierrez Lerida, C.; Nitsche, M.; Rivera-Urbina, G. N.: Poststimulation time interval-dependent effects of motor cortex anodal tDCS on reaction-time task performance
    Cogn., Affective & Behav. Neurosci. 18: 167-175 (2018)
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  • Nejati, V.; Salehinejad, M. A.; Nitsche, M. A.: Interaction of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (l-DLPFC) and right orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) in hot and cold executive functions: evidence from transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
    Neuroscience 369: 109-123 (2018)
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  • Costantino, A. I.; Titoni, M.; Bossi, F.; Premoli, I.; Nitsche, M. A.; Rivolta, D.: Preliminary evidence of "other-race effect"-like behavior induced by cathodal-tDCS over the right occipital cortex, in the absence of overall effects on face/object processing
    Front. Neurosci. 11: 661 (8 pp) (2017)
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  • Huang, Y-Z.; Lu, M.-K.; Antal, A.; Classen, J.; Nitsche, M.; Ziemann, U.; Ridding, M.; Rothwell, J.: Plasticity induced by non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation: a position paper
    Clin. Neurophysiol. 128: 2318-2329 (2017)
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  • Nejati, V.; Salehinejad, M. A.; Nitsche, M. A.; Najian, A.; Javadi, A.-H.: Transcranial direct current stimulation improves executive dysfunctions in ADHD: implications for inhibitory control, interference control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility
    J. Atten. Disord. XX: epub ahead of print (2017)
  • Jackson, M. P.; Bikson, M.; Liebetanz, D.; Nitsche, M.: How to consider animal data in tDCS safety standards
    Brain Behav. Immun. 66: 1141-1142 (2017)
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  • Colzato, L. S.; Mekern, V.; Nitsche, M. A.; Sellaro, R.: Transcranial alternating current stimulation
    In: Theory-driven approaches to cognitive enhancement (S. 133-146) / Lorenza S. Colzato [Hrsg.]. Cham: Springer Int. Publ. AG, 2017.
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  • Sellaro, R.; Nitsche, M. A.; Colzato, L. S.: Transcranial direct current stimulation
    In: Theory-driven approaches to cognitive enhancement (S. 99-113) / Lorenza S. Colzato [Hrsg.]. Cham: Springer Int. Publ. AG, 2017.
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  • Rostami, R.; Kazemi, R.; Nitsche, M. A.; Gholipour, F.; Salehinejad, M. A.: Clinical and demographic predictors of response to rTMS treatment in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorders
    Clin. Neurophysiol. 128: 1961-1970 (2017)
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  • Antal, A.; Alekseichuk, I.; Bikson, M.; Flöel, A.; Nitsche, M. A.; Rothwell, J.; Hallett, M.; Paulus, W.: Low intensity transcranial electric stimulation: safety, ethical, legal regulatory and application guidelines
    Clin. Neurophysiol. 128: 1774-1809 (2017)
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  • Pavlova, E. L.; Lindberg, P.; Khan, A.; Ruschkowski, S.; Nitsche, M. A.; Borg, J.: Transcranial direct current stimulation combined with visuo-motor training as treatment for chronic stroke patients
    Restor. Neurol. Neurosci. 35: 307-317 (2017)
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  • Grundey, J.; Amu, R.; Batsikadze, G.; Paulus, W.; Nitsche, M. A.: Diverging effects of nicotine on motor learning performance: improvement in deprived smokers and attenuation in non-smokers
    Addict. Behav. 74: 90-97 (2017)
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  • Kuo, M. F.; Chen, P. S.; Nitsche, M. A.: The application of tDCS for the treatment of psychiatric diseases
    Int. Rev. Psychiatry 29: 146-167 (2017)
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  • Batsikadze, G.; Paulus, W.; Hasan, A.; Grundey, J.; Kuo, M.-F.; Nitsche, M. A.: Compromised neuroplasticity in cigarette smokers under nicotine withdrawal is restituted by the nicotinic alpha4beta2-receptor partial agonist varenicline
    Sci. Rep. 7: 1387 (11 pp) (2017)
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  • Kuo, H.-I.; Paulus, W.; Batsikadze, G.; Jamil, A.; Kuo, M.-F.; Nitsche, M. A.: Acute and chronic noradrenergic effects on cortical excitability in healthy humans
    Int. J. Neuropsychopharmacol. 20: 634-643 (2017)
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  • Yavari, F.; Nitsche, M. A.; Ekhtiari, H.: Transcranial electric stimulation for precision medicine: a spatiomechanistic framework
    Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11: 159 (19 pp) (2017)
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