Prof. Dr.

Benjamin Straube

Prof. Dr.  Benjamin Straube

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube

My current research is focused on the neural correlates of perception (e.g., action, space, time, causality, social cues), memory (e.g., episodic memory, conditioning, priming), and communication (gesture, speech, semantics) as well as disturbances of these functions in psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, panic disorder). Specifically, I am concerned with the impact of the motor system on the neural correlates of multisensory perception.

My goal is to answer the question how predictive mechanisms are represented in the brain to facilitate action and perception in a multisensory context.

Contact details
Philipps-University Marburg
Rudolf-Bultmann Str. 8
35039 Marburg, Germany
+49 (0)6421 58 66 429


  • Arikan , B.E., van Kemenade , B.M., Straube, B., Harris, L.H., & Kircher , T. (2017). Voluntary and Involuntary Movements Widen the Window of Subjective Simultaneity. i-Perception, 8(4), 2041669517719297. DOI find paper
  • He, Y., Gebhardt, H., Steines, M., Sammer, G., Kircher, T., Nagels, A., & Straube, B. (2015). The EEG and fMRI signatures of neural integration: An investigation of meaningful gestures and corresponding speech. Neuropsychologia, 72, 27-42.DOI find paper
  • Nagels, A., Kircher, T., Steines, M., Grosvald, M., & Straube, B. (2015). A brief self-rating scale for the assessment of individual differences in gesture perception and production. Learning and Individual Differences, 39, 73–80. DOI find paper
  • Schmalenbach, S.B., Billino, J., Kircher, T., van Kemenade, B.M., & Straube, B. (2017). Links between gestures and multisensory processing: individual differences suggest a compensation mechanism. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1828 find paper
  • Schuelke, R., & Straube, B. (2017). Modulating the assessment of semantic speech–gesture relatedness via transcranial direct current stimulation of the left frontal cortex. Brain Stimulation, 10(2), 223–230. DOI find paper
  • Straube, B., Green, A., Sass, K., & Kircher, T. (2014). Superior Temporal Sulcus Disconnectivity During Processing of Metaphoric Gestures in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(4), 936?944. DOI find paper
  • Straube, B., Schülke, R., Drewing, K., Kircher, T., & van Kemenade, B.M. (2017). Hemispheric differences in the processing of visual consequences of active vs. passive movements: A transcranial direct current stimulation study. Experimental Brain Research, in press. find paper
  • Straube, B., van Kemenade, B. M., Arikan, B. E., Fiehler, K., Harris, L. R., Leube, D., & Kircher, T. (2017). Predicting the multisensory consequences of one's own action: BOLD suppression in auditory and visual cortices. PLOS ONE, 12(1), e0169131. DOI find paper
  • Van Kemenade, B. M., Kircher, T., Arikan, B. E., & Straube, B. (2016). Predicting the sensory consequences of one’s own action: First evidence for multisensory facilitation. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(8), 2515-2526. DOI find paper
  • Van Kemenade, B.M., Arikan, B.E., Podranski, K., Steinsträter, O., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2018). Distinct roles for the cerebellum, angular gyrus and middle temporal gyrus in action-feedback monitoring. Cerebral Cortex, in press.
  • Wende, K. C., Nagels, A., Stratmann, M., Chatterjee, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2015). Neural basis of altered physical and social causality judgements in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 161(2–3), 244–251. find paper
  • van Kemenade, B.M., Arikan, B.E., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2017). The angular gyrus is a supramodal comparator area in action-outcome monitoring. Brain Structure and Function, 1-13. DOI find paper

former project-related publications

  • Blos, J., Chatterjee, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2012). Neural correlates of causality judgment in physical and social context – the reversed effects of space and time. NeuroImage, 63(2), 882-93.
  • Gloster, A., Gerlach, A. L., Ströhle, A., Wittmann, A., Pfleiderer, B., Wittchen, H. U., & Straube, B. U. (2013). The effect of cognitive behavioural therapy on the neural correlates of fear conditioning in panic disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 73(1), 93-101.
  • Green, A., Straube, B., Weis, S., Jansen, A., Willmes, K., Konrad, K., & Kircher, T. (2009). Neural integration of iconic and unrelated coverbal gestures: a functional MRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 30(10), 3309–3324.
  • Mainieri A.G., Heim S., Straube B., Binkofski F., Kircher T. (2013). Differential Role of Mentalizing and the Mirror Neuron System in the Imitation of Communicative Gestures. NeuroImage, 81, 294–305.
  • Straube B, Green A, Jansen A, Chatterjee A, Kircher T. (2010). Social cues, mentalizing and the neural processing of speech accompanied by gestures. Neuropsychologia, 48:382-393.
  • Straube B, Green A, Sass K, Kirner-Veselinovic A, Kircher T. (2013). Neural integration of speech and gesture in schizophrenia: Evidence for differential processing of metaphoric gestures. Human Brain Mapping, 34(7), 1696–1712.
  • Straube B., Wolk D., Chatterjee A. (2011). The role of the right parietal lobe in the perception of causality: a tDCS study. Experimental Brain Research, 215(3), 315–325.
  • Straube, B., Green, A., Bromberger, B. & Kircher, T. (2011). The differentiation of iconic and metaphoric gestures: Common and unique integration processes. Human Brain Mapping, 32, 520-533.
  • Straube, B., Green, A., Chatterjee, A. & Kircher, T. (2011). Encoding social interactions: The neural correlates of true and false memories. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 306- 24.
  • Straube, B., Green, A., Sass, K., Kirner-Veselinovic, A. & Kircher, T. (2013). Neural integration of speech and gesture in schizophrenia: Evidence for differential processing of metaphoric gestures. Human Brain Mapping, 34(7), 1696–1712.
  • Straube, B., Green, A., Weis, S., & Kircher, T. (2012). A Supramodal Neural Network for Speech and Gesture Semantics: An fMRI Study. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e51207. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051207.
  • Straube, B., He, Y., Steines, M., Gebhardt, H., Kircher, T., Sammer, G., & Nagels, A. (2013). Supramodal neural processing of abstract information conveyed by speech and gesture. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00120