PD Dr. Iris Güldenpenning

Course Manager -

Course Manager - Academic Councillor
Head of Sport Psychology Lab, Head of Movement Science Lab
Course Manager - Privat Docent
PAUL Lehrveranstaltungsmanagerin (LFE-Sport)
Office Address:
Harsewinkelweg 4
33100 Paderborn
Office hours:

Mittwochs, 13-14 Uhr

I prefer to focus on solutions rather than problems.

About Iris Güldenpenning

I studied sports science at the University of Göttingen (2000-2005) and did my PhD at the University of Bielefeld in the Neurocognition and Action Research Group (Prof. T. Schack; 2007-2013). I also spent the beginning of my postdoc phase at Bielefeld University (until 2014), in the Center of Excellence - Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). Since 2014, I have been employed at Paderborn University in the Psychology and Movement Science Group (Prof. M. Weigelt), where I habilitated in 2022 and obtained the the venia legendi for sports science with a focus on sports psychology.

Evaluating research data is a bit like unwrapping presents: If you always knew in advance exactly what was inside, it would be pretty boring.


Research Interests

My research focus within sport psychology is on laboratory-experimental studies. I investigate basic processes of perception and action that are relevant in the context of sport (e.g., anticipation, action conflicts). I am guided by popular paradigms of experimental psychology (e.g., priming, Stroop task, mental rotation, Posner-Cuing paradigm) and I am particularly interested in deceptive actions in sports, especially head fakes in basketball.

DFG funded projects:

- Production Costs of Head-Fakes in Basketball - Influencing Factors in the individual setting and in the interaction scenario

  09.2021 – 08.2024; PI Dr. Iris Güldenpenning; DFG GU 1683/1-2)

- Underlying Mechanisms and Constraints of Head Fakes in Sports

  (4.2016-3.2019; PI Dr. Iris Güldenpenning; DFG GU 1683/1-1 in Cooperation with Prof. Wilfried Kunde, Würzburg University)


Selected Publications

Learning and Memory in Sports

M. Weigelt, D. Krause, I. Güldenpenning, in: J. Schüler, M. Wegner, H. Plessner, R.C. Eklund (Eds.), Sport and Exercise Psychology, Springer, Champaign, 2023, pp. 41–70.

Cognitive load reduces interference by head fakes in basketball

I. Güldenpenning, W. Kunde, M. Weigelt, in: A. Huckauf, M. Baumann, M. Ernst, C. Herbert, M. Kiefer, M. Sauter (Eds.), Abstracts of the 63rd Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Pabst Science Publishers, Lengerich, 2021, pp. 97–98.

Electrify your Game! Anodal tDCS Increases the Resistance to Head Fakes in Basketball

M.A. Friehs, I. Güldenpenning, C. Frings, M. Weigelt, Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 4 (2020) 62–70.

Social cues can impact complex behavior unconsciously

C. Schütz, I. Güldenpenning, D. Koester, T. Schack, Scientific Reports 10 (2020).

Control over the processing of the opponent’s gaze direction in basketball experts

M. Weigelt, I. Güldenpenning, Y. Steggemann-Weinrich, M. Alhaj Ahmad Alaboud, W. Kunde, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 24 (2017) 828–834.

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I cannot "make" anyone learn. I try to create an environment in which students can acquire competencies. Whether they ultimately do so is their responsibility.


Current Courses

  • Sportmotorik
  • Outdoorsport
  • Motorische Entwicklung und motorisches Lernen im Kindes- und Jugendalter
  • Bewegungen vermitteln (Gruppe 2)
  • Bewegungen vermitteln (Gruppe 1)