PD Dr. Patrick Gajewski

Scientific Staff

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 383
Email: gajewski@Ifado.de

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 2017 habilitation thesis in psychology, University of Dortmund
  • since 2007 research assistant at the research group “Aging“
  • 2005 PhD at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Thesis: “Encoding processes during task switching”)
  • since 2001 research associate at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo)
  • since 2001 research associate at the Institute of Experimental Biological Psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
  • 1994-2001 study of biological psychology and psychiatry, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Research topics:

  • Aging is associated with a decline of executive functions enabling goal-directed behavior via the continuous interaction between intentions and environmental requirements. However, the reduction of cognitive resources proceeds individually very different and performance differences become larger with increasing age. This variability is due to a number of exogenous or environmental factors like education, type of work, lifestyle, mental and physical activity or nutrition during the lifetime on the one hand, and endogenous factors like individual genetic diversity, latent diseases of the central nervous system, e.g. inflammatory processes or infectious diseases on the other. This interdisciplinary research aims at investigating systematically these factors by using psychometric and psychophysiological measures.

Key publications:

  • Bröde, P.; Claus, M.; Gajewski, P.; Getzmann, S.; Golka, K.; Hengstler, J. G.; Wascher, E.; Watzl, C.: Immune age, but not chronological age, together with obesity and independently from sex predicts low physical working capacity
    In: Technologie und Bildung in hybriden Arbeitswelten: 68. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft, Magdeburg, 02.-04.03.2022 (S. Beitrag A.1.2 (4 S)) / Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (Hrsg.). St. Augustin: GfA-Press, 2022.
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  • Getzmann, S.; Arnau, S.; Gajewski, P. D.; Wascher, E.: When long appears short: Effects of auditory distraction on event-related potential correlates of time perception
    Eur. J. Neurosci. 55: 121-137 (2022)
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Getzmann, S.; Bröde, P.; Burke, M.; Cadenas, C.; Capellino, S.; Claus, M.; Genç, E.: Impact of biological and lifestyle factors on cognitive aging and work ability in the Dortmund Vital Study: Protocol of an interdisciplinary, cross-sectional, and longitudinal study (alle Autoren: Gajewski PD, Getzmann S, Bröde P, Burke M, Cadenas C, Capellino S, Claus M, Genç E, Golka K, Hengstler JG, Kleinsorge T, Marchan R, Nitsche MA, Reinders J, van Thriel C, Watzl C, Wascher E)
    JMIR Res. Protoc. 11: (3): e32352 (18 pp) (2022)
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  • Laera, G.; Arcara, G.; Gajewski, P. D.; Kliegel, M.; Hering, A.: Age-related modulation of EEG time-frequency responses in prospective memory retrieval
    Neuropsychologia 155: 107818 (2021)
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  • Yordanova, J.; Gajewski, P. D.; Getzmann, S.; Kirov, R.; Falkenstein, M.; Kolev, V.: Neural correlates of aging-related differences in pro-active control in a dual task
    Front. Aging Neurosci. 13: 682499 (12 pp) (2021)
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  • Thönes, S.; Wascher, E.; Gajewski, P. D.; Getzmann, S.: Time hurries on but does not fly in older age – no effect of depressive symptoms
    Timing Time Percept. 9: 241–256 (2021)
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  • Potter, G.; Hatch, D.; Hagy, H.; Radüntz, T.; Gajewski, P.; Falkenstein, M.; Freude, G.: Slower information processing speed is associated with persistent burnout symptoms but not depression symptoms in nursing workers
    J. Clin. Exp. Neuropsychol. 43: 33-45 (2021)
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  • Bierbrauer, A.; Kunz, L.; Gomes, C. A.; Getzmann, S.; Wascher, E.; Gajewski, P. D.; Hengstler, J. G.; Axmacher, N.: Unmasking selective path integration deficits in Alzheimer’s disease risk carriers
    Sci. Adv. 6: (35): eaba1394 (2020)
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Thönes, S.; Falkenstein, M.; Wascher, E.; Getzmann, S.: Multidomain cognitive training transfers to attentional and executive functions in healthy older adults
    Front. Hum. Neurosci. 14: article no. 86963 (17 pp) (2020)
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Falkenstein, M.; Thönes, S.; Wascher, E.: Stroop task performance across the lifespan: high cognitive reserve in older age is associated with enhanced proactive and reactive interference control
    NeuroImage 207: 116430 (14 pp) (2020)
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  • Falkenstein, M.; Gajewski, P.; Stahn, C.; Zülch, J.: Stressmanagement und kognitives Training zur Förderung kognitiver und emotionaler Fähigkeiten älterer Beschäftigter in der Automobilfertigung
    In: Arbeit, Kognition und Alter: wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse für die Praxis. 1. Auflage (S. 167-179) / Michael Falkenstein, Claudia Kardys (Hrsg.). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2020.
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  • Hering, A.; Wild-Wall, N.; Falkenstein, M.; Gajewski, P. D.; Zinke, K.; Altgassen, M.; Kliegel, M.: Beyond prospective memory retrieval: Encoding and remembering of intentions across the lifespan
    Int. J. Psychophysiol. 147: 44-59 (2020)
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  • Falkenstein, M.; Gajewski, P. D.: Changes of electrical brain activity due to cognitive training in old adults and older industrial workers
    In: Cognitive Training: an overview of features and applications. 2nd ed. (S. 369-379) / Tilol Strobach, Julia Karbach (Eds.). Cham: Springer, 2020.
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  • Getzmann, S.; Gajewski, P.; Rinkenauer, G.: Förderung und Erhalt der kognitiven Leistungsfähigkeit älterer Beschäftigter
    Betriebliche Prävention 131: 203-206 (2019)
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  • Greine, Maleen; Gajewski, P. [Erstgutachter]; Falkenstein, M. [Zweitgutachter]: Unterschiede in der kognitiven Leistungsfähigkeit zwischen subklinischem Burnout und leichter DepressionGreine, Maleen; Gajewski, P. [Erstgutachter]; Falkenstein, M. [Zweitgutachter]. Dortmund: Techn. Univ., 2019.
    Dortmund, Techn. Univ., Institut für Psychologie, Masterarbeit, 2019
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  • Falkenstein, M.; Gajewski, P.; Kardys, C.: ¬Der¬ Einfluss von Stress auf die mentale Leistungsfähigkeit und Gesundheit bei älteren Beschäftigten: Grundlagen und Maßnahmen
    In: Gesundheit in der Polizei: Neue Erkenntnisse aus Wissenschaft und Praxis (S. 1-21) / Andrea Fischbach und Philipp W. Lichtenthaler (Hrsg.). Frankfurt am Main: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, 2019.
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Falkenstein, M.: Physical activity and inactivity impacts on cognitive and emotional functioning in later life
    In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology (S. 1-44) / Brunstein A (Ed.). New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2018.
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Hanisch, E.; Falkenstein, M.; Thönes, S.; Wascher, E.: What does the n-back task measure as we get older?: Relations between working-memory measures and other cognitive functions across the lifespan
    Front. Psychology 9: 2208 (17 pp) (2018)
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  • Gajewski, P. D.; Ferdinand, N. K.; Kray, J.; Falkenstein, M.: Understanding sources of adult age differences in task switching: evidence from behavioral and ERP studies
    Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 92: 255-275 (2018)
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  • Depressive Symptomatik, Burnout, arbeitsbezogene Faktoren und zentralnervöse Informationsverarbeitung: Teilprojekt 3 im Verbundprojekt F 2318: Depressionen, Burnout und kognitive Defizite – Studien an Beschäftigten zum Einfluss arbeitsbezogener und individueller DeterminantenBoden, S.; Gajewski, P. D.; Willemssen, R.; Getzmann, S.; Falkenstein, M.. Dortmund: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, 2018.
    (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin : Forschung ; Projekt, F 2318)
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