Research Interests


I’m a psychologist studying cognitive and neural underpinnings of social behaviour. During my PhD, I used paradigms from behavioural economics and combined them with neuroscientific methods to study intergenerational decision-making in healthy people. During my postdoc in the lab of Prof Katja Kölkebeck, I’m focussing on neural correlates of disorders with relation to social behaviour, especially autism and anxiety disorders.





Since 2020

Postdoc in the lab of Prof Katja Kölkebeck, University of Duisburg-Essen, and psychotherapist in training



PhD, University of Bern, Switzerland


2016 – 2019

PhD-Student in the lab of Prof Daria Knoch, University of Bern, Switzerland



M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, UK


2015 – 2016

Studies of Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Edinburgh, UK



B.Sc. in Psychology, Technical University Dresden



Internship at the Autism Clinic for Translational Research (PI: Prof Adam Guastella), University of Sydney, Australia



Internship at the lab of Antje Meyer, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands


2012 – 2016

Scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)


2011 – 2015

Studies of Psychology, Technical University Dresden, Germany

2010 – 2011

Voluntary service at Kamp Vught National Memorial, Netherlands





Langenbach, B. P., Kohl, W., Murai, T., Suslow, T., Ohrmann, P., Bauer, J., Matsukawa, N., Son, S., Pedersen, A., Lichtenstein, T., Miyata, J., & Koelkebeck, K. (2022). Cortical changes in patients with schizophrenia across two ethnic backgrounds. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 10810.


Langenbach, B.P., Savic, B., Baumgartner, T., Wyss, A., Knoch, D. (2021).
Mentalizing with the future: Electrical stimulation of the right TPJ increases sustainable decision-making. Cortex.


Baumgartner, T., Langenbach, B. P., Gianotti, L. R., Müri, R. M., & Knoch, D. (2019). Frequency of everyday pro-environmental behaviour is explained by baseline activation in lateral prefrontal cortex. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–7.


Langenbach, B. P., Berger, S., Baumgartner, T., & Knoch, D. (2019). Cognitive Resources Moderate the Relationship Between Pro-Environmental Attitudes and Green Behavior. Environment and Behavior, 0013916519843127.


Langenbach, B. P., Baumgartner, T., Cazzoli, D., Müri, R. M., & Knoch, D. (2019). Inhibition of the right dlPFC by theta burst stimulation does not alter sustainable decision-making. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–8.


Langenbach, B. P., Savic, B., Baumgartner, T., & Knoch, D. (2020). Repeated anodal HD-tDCS stimulation might render silver chloride electrodes unreliable. Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, 13(3), 525–526.





2021 - 2023

2020 - 2023

  • Funding for an neuroscientific study on autism, awarded by Stiftung Irene (Irene Foundation)

2015 - 2016

  • Study abroad scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), covering tuition fees and living costs

2012 - 2016

  • Full scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Benedikt Langenbach

Dr. Benedikt Langenbach


LVR-Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

Kliniken und Institut der Universität Duisburg-Essen