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Dr. rer. nat. Felix Ströckens, Dipl. biol.

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: GAFO 05/622
Phone: +49 234 32 26845
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


Curriculum Vitae

2014 Research fellow at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Since 2014 Postdoc at Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum
2009 – 2013 PhD Student at Institute of cognitive Neuroscience, Ruhr-University Bochum
Thesis topic: Evolutionary and ontogenetic processes of neuronal lateralization in vertebrates
Supervisors: Prof. Drs. Onur Güntürkün, Prof. Dr. Magdalena Sauvage
2009 Diploma in biology
Thesis topic: Distribution of the polypeptide PACAP-38 in brain and retina of the Pigeon (Columba livia)
Supervisor: Prof. Drs. Onur Güntürkün
2003 – 2009 Study of biology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum with focus on Neurobiology
2002 – 2003 Civil Service
2002 Abitur / A Level Exam


Research Interests

  • Ontogeny of visual asymmetry in pigeons
  • Evolution of brain lateralization in vertebrates
  • Comparative analysis of neuronal foundations of higher avian cognition
  • Comparative neuroanatomy


  • Histological staining (Immunohistochemistry)
  • Tract tracing
  • Microscopy
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Isotropic fractionator based neuron counts


  • Supervisor of neuroanatomy seminar "The Painting and Crafts Workshop of the human brain" (since 2009, summer term)
  • Comparative asymmetry seminar (since 2012, winter term)
  • Tutorial seminar Left brain – Right brain (since 2013, winter term)
  • Comparative cognition seminar (since 2015)

Publication list

  • Ströckens F., Ocklenburg S., Güntürkün O. (2013) Limb preferences in non-human vertebrates, Laterality
  • Ströckens F., Freund N., Manns M., Ocklenburg S., Güntürkün O. (2013) Visual asymmetries and the ascending thalamofugal pathway in pigeons, Brain Structure and Function
  • Ocklenburg S., Ströckens, F. and Güntürkün O. (2013) Lateralization of conspecific vocalization in non-human vertebrates, Laterality
  • Manns M., Ströckens F. (2014) Functional and structural comparison of visual lateralization in birds - similar but still different, Frontiers in Psychology
  • Herold C., Bingman V.P., Ströckens F., Letzner S., Sauvage M., Palomero-Gallagher N., Zilles K., Güntürkün O. (2014) Distribution of neurotransmitter receptors and zinc in the pigeon (Columba livia) hippocampal formation: A basis for further comparison with the mammalian hippocampus. Journal of Comparative Neurology
  • Ocklenburg S., Garland A., Ströckens F., Uber Reinert A. (2015) Investigating the neural architecture of handedness. Frontiers in Psychology
  • Ströckens F., Güntürkün O. (2016) Cryptochrome 1b – A possible inductor of visual lateralization in pigeons? European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Stacho M., Ströckens F., Xiao Q., Güntürkün O. (2016) Functional organization of telencephalic visual association fields in pigeons. Behavioral Brain Research
  • Ocklenburg S., Ströckens F., Bless J.J., Hugdahl K., Westerhausen R., Manns M. (2016) Investigating heritability of laterality and cognitive control in speech perception. Brain and Cognition
  • Behroozi M., Chwiesko C., Ströckens F., Sauvage M., Helluy X., Peterburs J., Güntürkün O. (2017) In vivo measurement of T1 and T2 relaxation times in awake pigeon and rat brains at 7T. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Behroozi M., Ströckens F., Helluy, X., Stacho M., Güntürkün O. (2017) Funtional connectivity pattern of the internal hippocampal network in awake pigeons: a resting state fMRI study. Brain, Behavior and Evolution.
  • Güntürkün O., Ströckens F., Scarf D., Colombo M. (2017) Apes, Feathered Apes, and Pigeons: Differences and Similarities, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
  • Güntürkün, O., Stacho, M., Ströckens, F. (2017) The Brains of Reptiles and Birds. In: Kaas, J. (ed.), Evolution of Nervous Systems 2e. vol. 1, pp. 171-221. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Ströckens, F., Güntürkün O. (2017) Tract Tracing and Histological Techniques. In: Rogers, L., Vallortigara, G. (eds.), Lateralized Brain Functions: Methods in Human and Non-Human Species, pp 277-312, New York: Humana Press, Springer.


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