Prof. Dr. Sturm

Development of theory-led tests for assessment of attention and memory and computerized training programs for the efficient treatment of deficits in these function areas.


Born 1949 in Aachen, studied psychology at RWTH Aachen University, 1983 doctorate at University of Trier, 1994 post-doctoral lecturing and research qualification (Habilitation) in neuropsychology at the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University, 1995 director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Department at the Neurology Clinic at Uniklinikum Aachen (part of RWTH Aachen University), 2000 appointed adjunct professor, 2001 member of the Scientific Board of the German Neuropsychological Society (GNP), 2001 head of the Guidelines Commission of the German Neuropsychological Society (GNP), 2007 speaker of the joint DGN/GNP Guidelines Commission for guidelines on neuropsychological assessment and therapy.
Main areas of research: basic and therapy research into attention functions, functional imaging of attention and memory functions.


What was the aim behind development of the test?
Development of assessment tools that are in conformity with the theory and that can be used with patients with sensory and motor deficits.

What was the greatest challenge in developing your tests?
Drawing up paradigms that measure the function areas reliably and validly while at the same time placing minimal demands on sensory and motor abilities.

For what target group were the tests developed?
Healthy respondents and patients with impairments of brain functioning.

What are the special features of the tests?
They measure the entire spectrum of attention functions with a few basic parameters and low-level demands on sensory and motor abilities.

How to you see tests developing in the future? What aspects of this are you particularly interested in?
Expansion of the tests to assess deficits that precede sensory and cognitive functions but influence measurement of them.

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