Grabner, Roland H.



Research interests

  • Cognitive and neural bases of successful mathematics learning
  • Plasticity of working memory and neural efficiency
  • Intelligence and expertise
  • Bilingual learning
  • Development of teaching skills


Selected publications

Grabner, R.H. (2013). Wert und Mehrwert der Neurowissenschaften in der Lehr-Lern-Forschung. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 27, 135-138.

Hauser, T.U., Rotzer, S., Grabner, R.H., Merillat, S. & Jäncke, L. (2013). Enhancing performance in numerical magnitude processing and mental arithmetic using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 244.

Vogel, S.E., Grabner, R.H., Schneider, M., Siegler, R.S. & Ansari, D. (2013). Overlapping and distinct brain regions involved in estimating the spatial position of numerical and non-numerical magnitudes: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 51, 979-989.

Saalbach, H., Eckstein, D., Andri, N., Hobi, R. & Grabner, R.H. (2013). When language of instruction and language of application differ: Cognitive costs of bilingual mathematics learning. Learning and Instruction, 26, 36-44.

Grabner, R.H., Saalbach, H. & Eckstein, D. (2012). Language switching costs in bilingual mathematics learning. Mind, Brain and Education, 6, 147-155.

Grabner, R.H. & De Smedt, B. (2011). Neurophysiological evidence for the validity of verbal strategy reports in mental arithmetic. Biological Psychology, 87, 128-136.

Grabner, R.H. & Ansari, D. (2010). Promises and pitfalls of a 'cognitive neuroscience of mathematics learning'. ZDM Mathematics Education, 42, 655-660.

Grabner, R. H., Ischebeck, A., Reishofer, G., Koschutnig, K., Delazer, M., Ebner, F. & Neuper, C. (2009). Fact learning in complex arithmetic and figural-spatial tasks: The role of the angular gyrus and its relation to mathematical competence. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 2936-2952.

Schneider, M., Grabner, R. H. & Paetsch, J. (2009). Mental number line, number line estimation, and mathematical school achievement: Their interrelations in Grades 5 and 6. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 359-372.

Fink, A., Grabner R. H., Benedek, M., Reishofer, G., Hauswirth, V., Fally, M., Neuper, C., Ebner, F. & Neubauer, A.C. (2009). The creative brain: Investigation of brain activity during creative problem solving by means of EEG and fMRI. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 734-748.

Grabner, R. H., Ansari, D., Reishofer, G., Stern, E., Ebner, F. & Neuper. C. (2007). Individual differences in mathematical competence predict parietal brain activation during mental calculation. NeuroImage, 38, 346-356.

Grabner, R. H., Neubauer, A. C. & Stern, E. (2006). Superior performance and neural efficiency: The impact of intelligence and expertise. Brain Research Bulletin, 69, 422-439.



Academic career

seit 2012

Full professor (W3) of Educational Psychology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany


Habilitation (Venia legendi) in Psychology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Title of habilitation thesis: "Mathematical competencies from the perspective of educational neuroscience"


Senior researcher (until 2009: postgraduate researcher) and lecturer at the Section “Research on Learning and Instruction”, Institute for Behavioral Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Postgraduate researcher and lecturer at the following institutions:

-       Department of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria

-       Institute of Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Austria

-       Section of Educational Research, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

-       Division of Neuroradiology, Medical University of Graz, Austria


Graduation Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Science, Sc.D.) in Psychology at the University of Graz, Austria


Diploma in Psychology; Graduation Mag. rer. nat. (Master of Science, M.Sc.) in Psychology at the University of Graz, Austria


Reviewing for Journals

Acta Psychologica; Biological Psychiatry; Brain and Cognition; Brain Research Bulletin; British Journal of Psychology; Cerebral Cortex; Clinical Neurophysiology; Cognition; Cognitive; Affective; & Behavioral Neuroscience; Cognitive Development; Developmental Neuropsychology; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Science; Educational Research Review; European Journal of Neuroscience; Experimental Brain Research; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; High Ability Studies; Human Brain Mapping; Intelligence; International Journal of Mathematics Education (ZDM); International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning; Memory; and Cognition; Journal of Pain; Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Learning and Individual Differences; Learning and Instruction; Mind, Brain, and Education; Neuroeducation; NeuroImage; Neuropsychologia; Neuroscience; Neuroscience Letters; Personality and Individual Differences; Physiology & Behavior; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS); Progress in Brain Research; Psychophysiology; Psychological Research; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Risk Analysis; Science; Swiss Journal of Psychology


Curriculum Vitae